IVANHOE BY Sir Walter Scott (first published 1819) read in July 2010

 

The reaction from our group to this book showed no sitting on the fence – members either loved it or loathed it.


Set in the reign of Richard 1 Ivanhoe has an event on every page. There are sieges, ambushes, combats, romances, fire raisers, chivalry and history aplenty. The characters are memorable. Cedric the die-hard Saxon, the Jew, Knight Templar the spirited Rebecca, beautiful Lady Rowena, the jester the swineherd and of course who is the Disinherited Knight? What a wealth and we haven’t even mentioned Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and his band of men!! This book is a yarn of imagination set against a background of researched history.


The characters are well portrayed, the politics is lively, it is often funny and always beautifully written. To a large extent it was the verbose style of writing and the detailed description that prevented some members reading this with enjoyment. However we did remind ourselves just when this book was published. For nearly 200 years it has been available to read and has been made into numerous films and T.V. programmes – that must be seen as some feat.