Sir Walter Scott's immensely popular Waverly novels enthralled readers with their dashing mix of historical fiction, romance, and revenge. This installment, originally published in 1819, takes place in the early 1700s amid Scotland's Lammermuir Hills. Edgar and Lucy's troubled relationship — beset by social, political, and religious barriers — reflects Scotland's struggles in the early 18th century, as the country and its citizens were torn asunder by the Jacobite rebellions. Scott's treatment of the lovers' inexorable destiny unfolds in a gothic atmosphere, punctuated by supernatural elements and symbolic imagery. The inspiration for Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor, this novel remains a compelling example of its author's ability to transmute the effects of historical change into literary art.
Ivanhoe follows the life of a 12th-century Saxon knight, Ivanhoe, who is disowned by his father after pledging his loyalty to Richard the Lionheart of England. Ivanhoe falls in love with Lady Rowena, a princess, and sets out on a mythic quest to prove his worth. Along the way he encounters a host of legendary characters, including Robin Hood and the Knights Templar. Will the young knight survive to win the heart of Lady Rowena?
Ivanhoe is an epic tale of adventure, love, and bravery against all odds. It is a welcomed addition to Momentum's Classic Romance series.
"Caught at the right age, or in the right mood, it is hard to imagine a reader finding any book more exciting or more delightful ... a wonder of suspense." — A.N. Wilson
The story centers on Frank Osbaldistone, an aspiring poet whose reluctance to enter his father's business leads to banishment in Northumbria. There he joins his foxhunting relatives at their ancestral estate, where his suspicions of his cousin Rashleigh's efforts to steal the family business are intensified by a rivalry for the hand of high-spirited Diana Vernon. In desperation, Frank turns to the outlaw Rob Roy for help in pursuing Rashleigh across the Highlands. Sir Walter Scott's captivating evocation of a country on the brink of rebellion blends history with fiction for a tale of intrigue, conflict, and romance.