One of the greatest tales of chivalry and medieval life, Ivanhoe relates the interwoven lives of Richard the Lionhearted, Rebecca, King John, Robin Hood and other assorted characters from those times. Off to the crusades to prove himself worthy of the lovely Rowena, Ivanhoe battles the templars, enters a tournament with the trecherous King John and saves Rebecca from burning for sorcery--the forerunner of the romance-adventure genre. 434 pages, with notes.
Published in 1819 and set at the close of the 12th century, this classic historical romance unfolds in a kingdom torn asunder by the hatred between Saxons and Normans. Its dispossessed heroes, Ivanhoe and Richard the Lion-Hearted, face an uphill battle against firmly entrenched adversaries. The success of their fight rests upon the support of an unlikely crew of outsiders, including a Jew accused of sorcery, a swineherd slave, a jester, and the legendary Robin Hood.
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