by Sir Walter Scott
The heroic adventures of Sir Wilfred make Ivanhoe perhaps Scott's
most unforgettable work: the fiery rescue of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe and his fellow captives
from Knight Templar's castle by Robin Hood;
the wounded Ivanhoe's trial by combat with the powerful Knight to save the lovely Jewess Rebecca
from the stake; and King Richard the Lion-hearted's aid in Ivanhoe's triumph at evil King John's tournament. To follow
Sir Wilfred's spirited exploits is to enter the colorful era of medieval England,
a world of romance and chivalry, Crusades and tradition.
The stirring drama of Ivanhoe, set against a shimmering backdrop of
chivalry, Norman-Saxon conflict, and medieval pageantry, established Sir Walter Scott as the originator of the historical novel. A master storyteller, Scott weaves
a tale of courtly love and derring-do
that has thrilled readers since its first appearance in 1820.