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England is in turmoil--torn by fierce and bitter hatreds between Norman and Saxon. Rival claimants to the throne have plunged into bloody civil war. Price John--taking advantage of Richard's absence while fighting in the Crusades--plots to make himself crowned king. Richard returns and vows to take his revenge on John.
But he will need a courageous and able warrior on his side--a warrior like Wilfred of Ivanhoe.
Disinherited by his father, disowned and dishonored, Wilfred allies himself with Richard. In many adventures he will battle knights in deadly tournaments, scale castle walls, be wounded, captured, and rescued by the infamous Robin Hood, and find true love with the fiery Rowena.
In what has become Sir Walter Scott's most beloved and rousing adventure, Wilfred helps Richard I foil John's plot. More importantly, Wilfred of Ivenhoe reclaims his good name.
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Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends thirty years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued.
Being an Introduction to the whole Work.
I doubt not but the title of this book will amuse some of my reading friends a little at first; they will make a pause, perhaps, as they do at a witch’s prayer, and be some time resolving whether they had best look into it or no, lest they should really raise the Devil by reading his story.
Children and old women have told themselves so many frightful things of the Devil, and have form’d ideas of him in their minds, in so many horrible and monstrous shapes, that really it were enough to fright the Devil himself, to meet himself in the dark, dress’d up in the several figures which imagination has form’d for him in the minds of men; and as for themselves, I cannot think by any means that the Devil would terrify them half so much, if they were to converse face to face with him.
It must certainly therefore be a most useful undertaking to give the true history of this Tyrant of the air, this God of the world, this terror and aversion of mankind, which we call Devil; to shew what he is, and what he is not, where he is, and where he is not, when he is in us, and when he is not; for I cannot doubt but that the Devil is really and bona fide in a great many of our honest weak-headed friends, when they themselves know nothing of the matter.
Nor is the work so difficult as some may imagine. The Devil’s history is not so hard to come at, as it seems to be; His original and the first rise of his family is upon record, and as for his conduct, he has acted indeed in the dark, as to method in many things; but in general, as cunning as he is, he has been fool enough to expose himself in some of the most considerable transactions of his Life, and has not shewn himself a politician at all: Our old friend Matchiavel outdid him in many things, and I may in the process of this work give an account of several of the sons of Adam, and some societies of ’em too, who have out-witted the Devil, nay, who have out-sin’dthe Devil, and that I think may be call’d out-shooting him in his own bow.
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THE HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN
THE BRIDE OF LAMMERMOOR
A LEGEND OF MONTROSE
THE FORTUNES OF NIGEL
PEVERIL OF THE PEAK
ST. RONAN’S WELL
THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH
ANNE OF GEIERSTEIN
COUNT ROBERT OF PARIS
The Shorter Fiction
CHRONICLES OF THE CANONGATE
MY AUNT MARGARET’S MIRROR
THE TAPESTRIED CHAMBER
DEATH OF THE LAIRD’S JOCK.
MISCELLANEOUS SHORT PIECES
GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN
THE DOOM OF DEVORGOIL
THE HOUSE OF ASPEN
The Poetry Collections
TRANSLATIONS AND IMITATIONS FROM GERMAN BALLADS
THE MINSTRELSY OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER
THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL
BALLADS AND LYRICAL PIECES
THE LADY OF THE LAKE
THE VISION OF DON RODERICK
THE BRIDAL OF TRIERMAIN
THE FIELD OF WATERLOO
THE LORD OF THE ISLES
HAROLD THE DAUNTLESS
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE LIFE OF JOHN DRYDEN
PAUL’S LETTERS TO HIS KINSFOLK
THE JOURNAL OF SIR WALTER SCOTT
THE LETTERS OF MALACHI MALAGROWTHER
THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE
TALES OF A GRANDFATHER
LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT
TRIAL OF DUNCAN TERIG, ALIAS CLERK, AND ALEXANDER BANE MACDONALD
MISCELLANEOUS PROSE WORKS
SIR WALTER SCOTT by William Hazlitt
SIR WALTER SCOTT by Leslie Stephen
THE POEMS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT by Andrew Lang
LETTERS TO DEAD AUTHORS by Andrew Lang
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND THE BORDER MINSTRELSY by Andrew Lang
SIR WALTER SCOTT AS A CRITIC OF LITERATURE by Margaret Ball
SIR WALTER SCOTT: A LECTURE by William Ker
SIR WALTER SCOTT by Henry James
MEMORIES AND PORTRAITS by Robert Louis Stevenson
SCOTT AND HIS PUBLISHERS by Charles Dickens
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND LADY MORGAN by Victor Hugo
SIR WALTER SCOTT by Richard H. Hutton
SIR WALTER SCOTT by George Saintsbury
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Other major characters include Ivanhoe's intractable Saxon father Cedric, a descendant of the Saxon King Harold Godwinson; various Knights Templar and churchmen; the loyal serfs Gurth the swineherd and the jester Wamba, whose observations punctuate much of the action; and the Jewish moneylender, Isaac of York, equally passionate of money and his daughter, Rebecca. The book was written and published during a period of increasing struggle for Emancipation of the Jews in England, and there are frequent references to injustice against them.
Waverley is considered the first English historical novel, and had enormous success and influence in nineteenth-century literature. Sir Walter Scott has been hailed by fellow authors Goethe, Lord Byron, and Thomas Moore as one of the greatest English writers of all time.
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