Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, illustrated by Charles Edmund Brock
Ivanhoe is a historic romantic novel and biggest hit by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). The story is today, almost 200 years after first publication (1820) still not only popular, but sort of yardstick for the whole genre as well. Best romances, historical novels and adventures still use the same elements, a mixture of conflicts among close relatives (father - son, brother - brother), romantic triangles, forbidden love, social, religious, money, racial issues … You name it, Ivanhoe had already used it!
Walter Scott started his artistic career as a poet, and turned to historical novels only when Lord Byron became more famous. It panned out this was the area where the Scott’s storytelling talent shined in full glory. Majority of his work has settings in Scotland, but Ivanhoe is an exception. The frame of the story is built on the return from crusade, where King Richard I felt in all sorts of troubles while his brother Prince John ruthlessly exploited the country.
Wilfred of Ivanhoe is very interesting character from literary point of view because his social position is not very high. He belongs to nobility, but he is a Saxon in times when Normans dominated. He is also disinherited by his father Cedric because he is in love with wrong woman (Lady Rowena) and supports wrong man (King Richard I is Norman). There is a tournament where a masked knight wins in the first day and with a help of another masked knight wins on the second day too.
But the most interesting subplot is probably a fight for life of Rebecca, who was accused of witchcraft. Her judges decided to give her a chance to live if somebody is willing to fight with the de Bois-Guilbert, the man who was in love with her. If he wins, she dies. If he looses, she lives, but he will probably die … Relations between Jews and others are important part of the book.
Let’s look at illustrations:
"Do you dispute me, slave!"
"I know little of the knight of Ivanhoe!" answered the palmer.
Struck with the sharp end of his spear the shield of Brian de Bois-Guilbert.
"Well and yeomanly done!" shouted the robbers.
He reached the harp and entertained his guest.
He was instantly made prisoner, and pulled from his horse.
Holding him between them, waiting the hard-hearted Baron’s further signal.
"I know you not, sir," said the lady.
Availing herself of the protection of a large ancient shield.
He discharged a fearful blow upon the head of Athelstane.
"Make room, my merry men!"
"Back, dog!" said the Grand Master.
"Yes, Brian de Bois-Guilbert, to thyself I appeal."
At this moment Wamba winded the bugle.
"My father! My father" said Ivanhoe. "Grant me thy forgiveness!"
Wilfred, placing his foot on his breast … commanded him to yield.
This version of Ivanhoe was published in 1910 by D. C. Heath and Co. in Boston. Illustrations were done by Charles Edmund Brock (1870-1938), who usually signed his work as C. E. Brock (see pictures above). He was pretty successful artist and illustrated books written by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Charles Lamb, Edith Nesbit, Jonathan Swift, William Thackeray, but is probably most known by his work on books by Jane Austen.
He was the eldest and most popular of four brother, who were all artists.
The Countess Wedell and the Earl of Portarlington attending Royal Ascot in 1910
This iteration of the famous race meeting was known as “Black Ascot” because King Edward VII had recently died, therefore the ladies in attendance wore black as a sign of mourning and respect.
“The trouble in too many of our modern schools is that the State, being controlled so specially by the few, allows cranks and experiments to go straight to the schoolroom when they have never passed through the Parliament, the public house, the private house, the church, or the marketplace.”— G. K. Chesterton, All Things Considered, New York: John Lane Company, 1910 (qtd in Joseph Pearce’s End of Education)
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However the illustration “Massaging to reduce swollen eyelids” ; photo by Joel Feder, New York comes from Health and beauty hints by Margaret Mixter (New York : Couples & Leon Company, 1910), P. 166