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Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe takes place in the 12th century and follows one of the last remaining Saxon nobles, Wilfred of Ivanhoe. Set shortly after the crusades, Robin Hood, by the name of Locksley, is one of Scott's more famous characters. With his classic tenor voice, Jim Killavey serves as a good guide for Scott's Middle Ages. He harnesses the vernacular of the time with ease and his formality, although stiff in moments, fits the work's tone. Killavey's diction is quite remarkable, and he utilizes his deeper register to capture these masculine characters' voices.
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Sir Walter Scott gathered a popular audience, larger than any audience before. A great innovator,he created one of the outstanding literary forms of the past 200 years - the historical novel. In Ivanhoe, Scott brings to life 12th century England. The disinherited knight Ivanhoe, his fair lady Rowena, Richard the Lion-Hearted and Robin Hood - these are people shaped by the forces of tradition, molded by their nation's history.
(P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
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1 out of 5 stars
By JK on 23-09-09

Disappointed

19th Century yarn set in Norman England, written by a Scotsman, read by an American. Should have listened to it first.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Empowerment on 26-02-09

Wonderful

Good tales are good - no matter how old.
Fascinating story. Well read, too.

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3 out of 5 stars
By CHET YARBROUGH on 09-07-14

ROBIN HOOD

Aside from being a source for the legend of Robin Hood, “Ivanhoe” is a boring adventure with a smattering of muddled history, stilted romance, and legendary valor.

This is a story of twelfth century England, a time of great conflict between Christians, other-believers like Muslims and Jews, and non-believers (pagans that believe in many gods or no God). Layered into this religious conflict is Anglo/Saxon resentment of Norman control of England. “Ivanhoe” creates the legend of Robin Hood with an introduction of Norman-King Richard the Lionheart and his brother, Prince John, to characterize the era. This is during the time of the Crusades when Saladin is spreading Muslim beliefs through the world with conquests in Syria and the Middle East.

Sir Walter Scott may be a better writer than is shown in “Ivanhoe” but for adventure and romance, Alexander Dumas is a better practitioner of the art.

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