This is another of my TBR Challenge Books. I’ve had it on Kindle forever, but always turned away and started something else. This year I decided I really wanted to catch up on my 1001 Books reading while doing the challenges I tackle on Goodreads every year. It seemed like a good time to try Ivanhoe.
Here is what I wrote on Goodreads: A romance set in the time of Richard the Lionhearted, this includes lots of legendary and real characters from the 12th century. This book was seen as having a fairly positive portrayal of Jews for the time in which it was written, but as a 21st century convert to the faith, it is still pretty hard to take some of the portrayal, particularly of Isaac. It was a fun read, though, and made me go back and read a bit about the history of the period and the history of the Saxons. It is fun as the various characters who are hiding their identities start to reveal who they are. I won’t spoil it, but there are some folks I wasn’t expecting who turn up here.