Writer A.R. Vishny (@AR_Vishny) is here to discuss the 1819 swashbuckling epic IVANHOE by Sir Walter Scott. This swashbuckling epic has everything: damsels in distress, a couple hundred pages discussing a knight's tournament, a swineherd named Gurth, and just piles and piles of anti-Semitism.
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It's the late 1100s and the Crusades are over. The Templars are back in England and looking to rumble. Wilfred of Ivanhoe is back from Jerusalem hoping to marry the beautiful Rowena. Wilfred's dad, Cedric, isn't keen on their pairing. Meanwhile, Prince John, still in charge while Richard the Lionheart is MIA, holds a tournament where the beautiful Jewish woman, Rebecca, is making her debut on the arm of her father Isaac, who is currently in John's favor for lending the Prince money. After the tournament, Rowena, a comatose Ivanhoe, Isaac, and Rebecca are kidnapped by a pack of Templars– Bois-Guilbert and deBracy, who hope to make the women their wives or concubines. King Richard, Ivanhoe, and Robin Hood (!!!) band together to save the hostages and, eventually, Rebecca from being burned at the stake for being a witch. It's chaos.