An extract from the autograph manuscript corresponding to p. 257 (line 17) to p. 272 (line 26) of the first edition (London, 1830). Leaves are numbered 100-105. Four of the leaves have additions and corrections on versos.
Ivanhoe is a historical fiction written by Sir Walter Scott. The story is set in England in the beginning of 13th century when King Richard I ruled the country. John, Richard's brother, has seized the throne while Richard is away fighting in Palestine to reclaim the Holy Places from the Saracens. England is also faced with another crisis as the Norman-Saxon conflict turns into a civil war. Meanwhile, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a brave Saxon knight, who has been disinherited by his father, returns to England to marry Rowena, an Anglo-Saxon princess. But he gets drawn into the struggle between Prince John and Richard as he tries to rescue Richard who has been captured. Packed with incidents and action, Ivanhoe remains Scott's most loved novel.
The Lady of the Lake is a narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1810. Set in the Trossachs region of Scotland, it is composed of six cantos, each of which concerns the action of a single day. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men, Roderick Dhu, James Fitz-James, and Malcolm Graeme, to win the love of Ellen Douglas; the feud and reconciliation of King James V of Scotland and James Douglas; and a war between the lowland Scots (led by James V) and the highland clans (led by Roderick Dhu of Clan Alpine). The poem was tremendously influential in the nineteenth century. Its influence is very vast: Schubert's Ave Maria, Rossini's La donna del lago (1819), the racist custom of cross burning, the last name of U.S. abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the song Hail to the Chief were all inspired by the poem.
The Scotsman Sir Walter Scott is still considered one of the greatest writers of the English language. His most famous and popular title is Ivanhoe, but he is also remembered for other works like The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, and The Bride of Lammermoor.
Ivanhoe is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott. Ivanhoe is the story of one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the English nobility was overwhelmingly Norman. It follows the Saxon protagonist, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favor 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, was 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". The character that Scott gave to Robin Hood in Ivanhoe helped shape the modern notion of this figure as a cheery noble outlaw. Other major characters include Ivanhoe's intractable father, Cedric, one of the few remaining Saxon lords; various Knights Templar, most notable of which is Brian de Bois-Guilbert, primary rival of the protagonist; and a number of 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, who is equally passionate about his people 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.
“Old Mortality” is a historical novel by Walter Scott first published in 1816. Set in south west Scotland during the period 1679-89, it explores the political and religious climate of the time through the eyes of Henry Morton. “Old Mortality” is considered to be one of Scott's best novels, and is highly recommended for fans of English civil war fiction. Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832) was a seminal Scottish playwright, poet, and historical novelist whose novels were and remain to be widely read and enjoyed the world over. Other notables works by this author include: “Ivanhoe”, “Rob Roy”, “Old Mortality”, “The Lady of the Lake”, “Waverley”, “The Heart of Midlothian”, and “The Bride of Lammermoor”. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
It is the dark days of King Richard's reign, when the beloved king is fighting in far-off lands, leaving his corrupt brother John in charge of his kingdom. Tensions between Saxon and Norman lords erupt in bouts of bloodshed or foul play; good men are banished, forced to turn outlaw and serve the true king in secrecy and disguise. In this dangerous world, the brave Wilfred of Ivanhoe must grapple with the claims of family, crown, truth and justice if he is ever to win the hand of his true love, the beautiful Lady Rowena.
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