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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Ivanhoe is the story of one of the few remaining noble Saxon families amidst a domination of Norman nobility. Wilfred of Ivanhoe has fallen in love with his father's ward, Lady Rowena, and has pledged allegiance for the Norman king Richard The Lionheart; actions which caused Ivanhoe to be disinherited by his father.