The principal events take place at Ashby and Coningsburgh actual placesand at Rotherwood, Torquilstone, and Templestowe, imaginary places. Events and people move from woods and forests to castles and country mansions. The historical atmosphere in which this novel takes place is one of rapid change and tumultuous politics. The Normans in power are taking full advantage of their position as conquerors.
Ivanhoe was disinherited by his father for following Richard to the Crusades, but he won great glory in the fighting and has been richly rewarded by the king.
He represents the epitome of the knightly code of chivalry, heroism, and honor. He is known as "Richard the Lion-Hearted" for his valor and courage in battle, and for his love of adventure. As king, Richard cares about his people, but he has a reckless disposition and is something of a thrill-seeker.
His courage and prowess are beyond reproach, but he comes under criticism--even from his loyal knight Ivanhoe--for putting his love of adventure ahead of the well-being of his subjects. Ivanhoe and Rowena are prevented from marrying until the end of the book because Cedric would rather see Rowena married to Athelstane--a match that could reawaken the Saxon royal line.
Rowena represents the chivalric ideal of womanhood: She is fair, chaste, virtuous, loyal, and mild-mannered. However, she shows some backbone in defying her guardian by refusing to marry Athelstane. Rebecca tends to Ivanhoe after he is wounded in the tournament at Ashby and falls in love with him despite herself.
Still, she restrains her feelings; Rebecca is a strong-willed woman with an extraordinary degree of self-control. Cedric is fiercely proud of his Saxon heritage, and his first priority is to the prospects of his people--hence his desire to marry Rowena to Athelstane rather than to Ivanhoe. John is a weak and uninspiring ruler who lets himself be pushed around by his powerful Norman nobles.
But his tenacious desire to hold the throne makes a great deal of trouble for England; he aggravates tensions between the Saxons and the Normans, and does everything he can to keep Richard in his Austrian prison. Brian de Bois-Guilbert is a formidable fighter, but he is a weak moralist and often lets his temptations take control of him.
Among the most complex characters in Ivanhoe, de Bois-Guilbert begins the novel as a conventional villain--he and Ivanhoe are mortal enemies--but as the novel progresses, his love for Rebecca brings out his more admirable qualities.
A gallant, witty, and heroic thief, Robin Hood adds an extra dash of adventure, excitement, and familiarity to the story of Ivanhoe--after all, the character of Robin Hood was deeply enshrined in English legend long before Scott wrote his novel.
In most ways a cardboard villain, de Bracy experiences a strangely humanizing moment shortly after he kidnaps the Saxons: When he tries to force Rowena to marry him, she begins to cry, and he is moved by her tears. To his own surprise, he tries awkwardly to comfort her.
He runs the stronghold of Torquilstone, where de Bracy brings his Saxon prisoners. Front-de-Boeuf threatens Isaac with torture unless the Jew coughs up 1, silver pieces.Description: Ivanhoe is the story of one of the remaining Anglo-Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility in England was overwhelmingly Norman.
It follows the Saxon protagonist, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favor with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard the Lionheart. Wilfred of Ivanhoe, son of Cedric, had been disinherited by his father for two reasons: because of his allegiance to Richard, the exiled King of England, and because of his romantic interest in Rowena, ward of Cedric, whom Cedric intended as bride to Athelstane, a descendant of Saxon royalty.
Character Analysis Wilfred of Ivanhoe is our hero (obviously, since his name is the title of the book). He's a knight from a Saxon family recently returned from the Crusades in the Middle East. Wilfred of Ivanhoe Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List Wilfred, often referred to simply as Ivanhoe, is the strong-willed son of a strong-willed father.
Ivanhoe Analysis Literary Devices in Ivanhoe. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. Anticipation Stage and 'Call'There are two related "monsters" that the characters in Ivanhoe have to defeat: family resentment and Norman-on-Saxon violence.
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Wilfred of Ivanhoe. Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the chivalrous, disowned hero, a Crusader. Returning home disguised as a pilgrim, he befriends a Jew, Isaac of York, and his .