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Ivanhoe - Gillen D'Arcy Wood, Walter Scott Ivanhoe is a pretty decent read. It started out slow, and the medieval English took some getting used to, but once I got into it, I really started enjoying it. This story is definitely one of what chivalry is and is not. Ivanhoe, even though he is absent throughout most of the book, is portrayed as the most chivalrous, and Prince John and his cronies are not. What really took me by surprise was some of the cultural prejudices in this story, in particular toward Isaac and his daughter Rebecca because of their religion. Understandable given the time period the story takes place, but nevertheless, surprised to see so clearly in a book published in the 19th century. I definitely recommend this book to those interested in stories of medievalism and especially the legend of Robin Hood.