Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe

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Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe

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Synopsis

An abridgment of the novel chronicling the adventures of the Saxon knight Ivanhoe in 1194, the year of Richard the Lion-Hearted's return from the Third Crusade.

Excerpt

"IVANHOE" is one of Scott's most popular novels. It illustrates the period of English history which includes the reign of Richard I., whose bravery and love of adventure the author portrays with a master hand. the other personages of the story are true types of that time. in Cedric the Saxon is represented the bitterness and animosity with which his race still regarded the Norman conquerors. the lawlessness of the period is well shown in the description of the outlaws and their captain, Locksley or Robin Hood, a real character, whose exploits have been celebrated in song and legend. Isaac is also a faithful picture. in those times his race was persecuted not only in England, but in most of the countries of Europe. the whole story gives, in a most attractive and interesting way, an idea, historically accurate, of England seven hundred years ago.

Historical sketch.

Norman Conquest to King John.

In the introduction to "Harold" (SATANDARD literature series, No. 12) will be found a sketch of English history before and down to the battle of Hastings (1066), at which William the Norman defeated the Saxons and wrested from them the ruling power in England, which they had held for six centuries.

William the Conqueror reigned twenty-one years (1066-1087). He firmly established the feudal system in England. Under this system all the land in the country was regarded as belonging to the king. the barons were but tenants, holding their estates on condition of helping the king with armed men and money in his . . .

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