Ivanhoe

By Sir Walter Scott
Read by Frederick Davidson

19.67 Hours 01/01/1999 unabridged
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Set in England during Richard I’s reign, Sir Walter Scott’s fanciful, vivid reinterpretation of medieval life is a successful blend of fact, myth, and romance. Upon returning from the Crusades, where he served with King Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe is met with his father’s disapproval, having fallen in love with Rowena, his father’s ward. When his father disinherits him, Ivanhoe gets caught up in the power struggle between the king and his brother, Prince John, who is attempting to usurp the throne. Against the backdrop of a tournament of the Knights Templar, a series of adventures takes place. Ivanhoe catches the eye of Rebecca, a beautiful and courageous Jewess; he is taken prisoner, along with his father and hers, and Rowena as well; then they must rely upon one Locksley (Robin Hood) and his band of outlaws to set them free. When Rebecca is subsequently charged with witchcraft, she asks Ivanhoe to champion her in a trial by combat—but have his affections shifted, or does he still love Rowena?

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Summary

Summary

Set in England during Richard I’s reign, Sir Walter Scott’s fanciful, vivid reinterpretation of medieval life is a successful blend of fact, myth, and romance.

Upon returning from the Crusades, where he served with King Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe is met with his father’s disapproval, having fallen in love with Rowena, his father’s ward. When his father disinherits him, Ivanhoe gets caught up in the power struggle between the king and his brother, Prince John, who is attempting to usurp the throne. Against the backdrop of a tournament of the Knights Templar, a series of adventures takes place. Ivanhoe catches the eye of Rebecca, a beautiful and courageous Jewess; he is taken prisoner, along with his father and hers, and Rowena as well; then they must rely upon one Locksley (Robin Hood) and his band of outlaws to set them free. When Rebecca is subsequently charged with witchcraft, she asks Ivanhoe to champion her in a trial by combat—but have his affections shifted, or does he still love Rowena?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Walter Scott is out and away the king of the romantics.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“The real epic of our age.” Victor Hugo 
“A work of enduring value.” Masterpieces of World Literature

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Author Bio: Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. Some of his more famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Bride of Lammermoor.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 19.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English