Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A-Z Wednesday

A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicky of Reading at the Beach. To join, look here.

This weeks letter is: I

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Book Description:
Set in the twelfth century, during the reign of Richard the Lionheart, Ivanhoe tells of the love of Wilfred of Ivanhoe for the Lady Rowena, his father Cedric's ward. Cedric, who is dedicated to the liberation of the Saxon people from Norman oppression and to the revival of the Saxon royal line, intends Rowena - a descendant of King Alfred - for the oafish Athelstane, and he banishes his son. Ivanhoe joins King Richard on his crusade in the Holy Land, and eventually the two men return secretly to England - Ivanhoe to regain his inheritance and the land of Rowena, Richard to secure his kingdom from his scheming brother John who has ruled in Richard's absence. With a gallery of memorable characters, high and low, Ivanhoe is a powerful and exciting evocation of a medieval world of jousting, baronial rivalry, siege warfare and trial by combat, and makes no attempt to gloss over the violence and brutality that lay behind the chivalric ideals.

My thoughts:
I havent' read Ivanhoe yet, but I have wanted to read this since I was a teenager. I purchased a copy the other night so now I don't have an excuse. I know it won't be an easy read, but I look forward to reading it.


  1. I haven't read much from that time period, but this looks good!

    Thanks for playing!

  2. You chose a great clssic. YOu won't be disappointed reading it.

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  3. Great choice. I've never read it either, but I should.

  4. Great choice. I've never read it either, but I should.

  5. I too have not read Ivanhoe, but I must admit it should be read if only because it is on your TBR's mine.

  6. What a great classic read! I need to reread this one.



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