Walter Scott: Ivanhoe (1820 / 2013)

IvanhoeIvanhoe is a historical novel first published in 1820 and set in 12th-century England.

It is the story of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king, Richard I of England. The story is set in 1194, after the failure of the Third Crusade, when many of the Crusaders were still returning to Europe. King Richard, who had been captured by the Duke of Austria on his way back, is believed to still be in the arms of his captors. The legendary Robin Hood, initially under the name of Locksley, is also a character in the story, as are his merry men.

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  1. The story of Richard the Lionhearted and his preferred soldier Ivanhoe combined with meeting Robin Hood’s origins is created amazingly by Walter Scott. Though it is from 1820 and the story itself bases on history of the 12th century (in several parts, not everything is proven), he has made an impressing effort in showing an authentic scene for the original place and time. He though takes the reader through medieval times of Normans and Anglo-Saxons in a charming and soft way compared to reality, but it’s maybe even more enjoyable like this as not the violence and brutality are centric, but the story itself. Great novel and one of the favourites of classics!

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