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Sir Walter Scott


Scott, Sir Walter (1771-1832) Scottish novelist and poet, born into the family of Walter Scott, a writer to the Signet. He was educated in Edinburgh. His early interest in the Old Border tales and ballads inspired him to further studies in history and led him to write historic fiction and poetry, which were very popular and had great influence on the development of the genre.

Ivanhoe, novel published in 1819. The action takes place in England of the King Richard I. Ivanhoe, son to a noble man of Saxon birth, was Richard's knight. They secretly returned to England after crusade and Richard's imprisonment in Austria, because in the king's absence, his brother John, with the help of Norman nobles, had captured the throne of England. Ivanhoe took part in a great tournament, where he defeated all the knights of John's party, including Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, a Templar, and  Sir Reginald Front-de-Boeuf. After that the later two knights captured the wounded Ivanhoe, his father Cedric and his ward, Lady Rowena, and put them into their castle, where there were already a Jew Isaac of York and his beautiful daughter Rebecca, with whom Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert had fallen in love and whom he had abducted and locked in the castle wishing to make her his mistress. The siege of the castle and the liberation  of the captives is the chief event of the novel.
See: Eugène Delacroix The Abduction of Rebecca, The Abduction of Rebecca.

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