Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1912. Henry Frowde - Oxford University Press. Illustrated. School Binding.
Quarter bound in leather. Gilt lettering and embossed insignia of County High School of Altringham on cover. Ex-library plate denoting copy as school prize to G.C. Wardale, 1932. Custom made binding for school. Hinges coming a bit loose. Otherwise a clean, well bound copy of a classic work of literature by the great Sir Walter Scott. Includes 31 illustrations.
Medieval England. King Richard the Lion-hearted, coming home from the Crusades, has been captured and imprisoned in Austria. His wicked brother, John, has seized the throne and refuses to pay Richard’s ransom. Meanwhile the conflict between Saxon and Norman threatens to turn into civil war.
Standing above it all is Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the disinherited son of Cedric, a Saxon noble. Ivanhoe enraged his father by following the Norman Richard to the Crusades. Now back in England, he wants to help rescue Richard—and marry Cedric’s ward, Rowena. But Cedric has pledged her to a highborn Saxon in hopes of creating a new Saxon royal line. To this mix Walter Scott adds several ferocious Norman villains, the legendary Robin Hood, a Shakespearean “wise fool” who constantly offers wryly sardonic comments on the action, and a sidelong look at English anti-Semitism, as a pair of Jewish characters, the beautiful Rebecca and her father, Isaac of York, alternately protect and garner protection from Ivanhoe.
With its clanging swords, burning castles, damsels in distress, and kings in disguise, Ivanhoe remains Scott’s best-loved novel of historical romance.