Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe: Top Ten Quotes

He’s expected at noon, and no wight till he comes     May profane the great chair, or the porridge of plums;     For the best of the cheer, and the seat by the fire,     Is the undenied right of the Barefooted Friar. (Chapter XVII) One of the verses of the ballad “The Barefooted Friar”, sung by Friar …

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Ivanhoe: Theme Analysis

National Unity The England depicted in the novel is divided. There is strife between the Normans and Saxons. The Normans conquered England in the eleventh century following the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Saxons are the defeated race. But the antagonism between the two races over a century later is an invention on …

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Ivanhoe: Metaphor Analysis

Symbolism The siege and burning of Torquilstone castle, which forms the second of the three major climaxes of the novel, can be understood as a microcosmic representation of the themes of the novel—the battle between order against disorder, between true chivalry and corrupt chivalry based solely on power. The castle is a symbol of everything …

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Ivanhoe: Character Profiles

Athelstane of Coningsburgh : Athelstane is a high-born Saxon noble, descended directly from the last Saxon kings of England. However, he is slow-witted and physically sluggish, which has earned him the nickname of Athelstane the Unready. He is more concerned with food and drink than anything else, although he does possess courage when it is …

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Ivanhoe: chapter40-46

Chapter XL The narrative returns to the Black Knight, who rides to a religious house not far from the forest, where Ivanhoe was taken after he was removed from the doomed castle. The Black Knight says he will meet Ivanhoe again at the funeral of Athelstane. He also mentions that it is his task to …

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Ivanhoe: chapter36-39

Chapter XXXVI The Grand Master rebukes Albert Malvoisin, the Preceptor of the Order, for allowing Rebecca, whom he calls a Jewess sorceress, to stay at their establishment. Malvoisin claims that he admitted her only so he might be able to break De Bois-Guilbert’s infatuation for her. The Grand Master says that the knight deserves pity …

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Ivanhoe: chapter32-35

Chapter XXXII The victorious outlaws assemble in the forest to divide up the spoils they plundered from the burning castle. Cedric is distraught because Athelstane was killed. He pardons Gurth, makes him a free man and gives him some land. Rowena arrives with an escort. De Bracy, now a prisoner, asks her to forgive him, …

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Ivanhoe: chapter 29-31

Chapter XXIX Rebecca is still at Ivanhoe’s side, and she is becoming very fond of him. Ivanhoe wants to watch the coming battle from a window, but he is still too weak to rise from his bed. So Rebecca stands at the window instead and describes what she can see. She reports that the attackers, …

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Ivanhoe :chapter25-28

Chapter XXV Front-de-Boeuf, De Bois-Guilbert and De Bracy meet. They have received a written demand from, of all people, Wamba and Gurth. The demand is that the knights surrender their prisoners within one hour or face the consequences. The document is also signed by the Black Knight. Locksley has placed his mark on it too. …

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