Come Join Us for a Discussion of Ivanhoe!
April 12, 2013
This month’s Masterpiece Book Club selection is Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.
Published in 1820, Ivanhoe was an immediate success. Within two weeks of publishing, all 10,000 copies of the first printing were sold, and the demand for more put the printers under serious pressure, due to a paper shortage. Touted as Scott’s most popular novel, it had a major influence on the genre of historical fiction.
It was even influential in creating the image of the Southern American Gentleman. In a recent article, "The Horses of War," C. Kay Larson states that: "Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe, set in the age of crusading knights, was a blockbuster hit in the American South. Through it, southern planters idealized themselves as models of medieval honor, manhood, classical learning – and equestrian skills." (C. Kay Larson, "The Horses of War," New York Times, February 2, 2013)
Set in 1194, Ivanhoe celebrates chivalry and the romance of heroism, intertwining British legend with the Anglo-Saxon-Norman conflict in medieval England. White knights, black knights, The Crusades, trial-by-fire, jousting, King Richard the Lionhearted, and Robin Hood are all present in this glorious tale of love and adventure.
Come join the discussion Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m.!
North Independence Branch