Walter Scott

Ivanhoe

Set in England, Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe takes the readers back to the Medieval Ages, about one hundred years after the Norman conquest and the historical battle of Hastings (1066). It tells the story of the tensions and struggles between Norman rulers and a few remaining Saxon noble families. Wilfred of Ivanhoe is a young Saxon noble, he is disinherited by his father for supporting the Norman king, the famous Richard the Lion-Hearted. Ivanhoe decides to join the king in the crusades against the Muslim Saracens and is said to play a heroic role in the battles. On their return to their homeland after their failure to vanquish the Muslims, King Richard is captured and imprisoned by the Austrian ruler. His brother, Prince John, takes the throne and allows the Normans to abuse their power and usurp Saxon lands. Later, Ivanhoe comes back home disguised and engages in a struggle to win his beloved, Rowena, while Prince John strives to prevent his newly-freed brother from returning to his kingdom and throne. After numerous schemes, duels between lovers and bloody incidents, King Richard and Ivanhoe end triumphant and the latter finally marries Rowena.
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    with a sparing hand
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    he combat was to cease as soon as Prince John should throw down his leading staff, or truncheon; another precaution usually taken to prevent the unnecessary effusion of blood by the too long endurance of a sport so desperate
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    Thus communed these; while to their lowly dome,
    The full-fed swine return'd with evening home;
    Compell'd, reluctant, to the several sties,
    With din obstreperous, and ungrateful cries.
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    In that pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the river Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and valleys which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster. The remains of this extensive wood are still to be seen at the noble seats of Wentworth, of Warncliffe Park, and around Rotherham. Here haunted of yore the fabulous Dragon of Wantley; here were fought many of the most desperate battles during the Civil Wars of the Roses; and here also flourished in ancient times those bands of gallant outlaws, whose deeds have been rendered so popular in English song.
    Such being our chief scene, the date of our story refers to a period towards the end of the reign of Richard I., when his return from his long captivity had become an event rather wished than hoped for by his despairing subjects, who were in the meantime subjected to every species of subordinate oppression. The nobles, whose power had become exorbitant during the reign of Stephen, and whom the prudence of Henry the Second had scarce reduced to some degree of subjection to the crown, had now resumed their ancient license in its utmost extent; despising the feeble interference of the English Council of State, fortifying their castles, increasing the number of their dependants, reducing all around them to a state of vassalage, and striving by every means in their power, to place themselves each at the head of such forces as might enable him to make a figure in the national convulsions which appeared to be impending.
    The situation of the inferior gentry, or Franklins, as they

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