Why did I love this book?
This knight in white armor had already enchanted several generations of readers before being interpreted by Roger Moore in a 50’s TV serial. More precisely, since 1819, when the Walter Scott novel was first published. In this British saga using as a background the 13th-century historical quagmire, the handsome and immaculate Ivanhoé, a Saxon knight back from the crusades, gets stuck between love and chastity and spends most of his time overcoming disloyal Normans bearing French names. Morality had to prevail in the kingdom of England. This immensely popular novel, along with giving rebirth to the ancient chivalry romances, mostly helped in promoting the medieval revival. Its idealized vision came to be shared by the romantics and helped fuel the XIX century craving for aesthetics and architecture of the gothic age. A fashion that brought unprecedented concern about heritage preservation on which ground Viollet-le-Duc and John Ruskin found an occasion to heat up the old rivalry between the British and French.