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SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART.
WITH NOTES AND GLOSSARY.
BOSTON, U.S.A. :
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1886, bs
GINN AND COMPANY, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
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BY CHARLOTTE M. YONGE.
VANHOE is perhaps the chief and first favorite of
young people, among all Scott's works. With many, it has been the first introduction to the gorgeous world of chivalry; and, above all the rest of his books, it claims the title of romance; for his two tales of the Crusaders, the Talisman and the Betrothed, are shorter and slighter.
The name of Ivanhoe, as Sir Walter has himself told us, was suggested by a place in Buckinghamshire, · which is said to have been forfeited by the ancestor of the celebrated John Hampden for striking the Black Prince in a boyish quarrel.
Tring, Wing, and Ivinghoe,
Hampden did forego was the proverbial jingle that rang in his ears, and gave title to his book and hero, though Ivinghoe is far distant from Wilfred's Yorkshire home, on the River Don. The locality was probably chosen in order that the way home from Ashby de la Zouche, in Leicestershire, might be through Sherwood Forest.
In spite of all its charms, it is necessary to confess that there are inconsistencies in the tale, which show traces of an alteration in the author's mind after the first