Thursday Quotables: Ivanhoe


Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!


Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
(originally published 1820)

I’m reading Ivanhoe with my book group, 2 chapters per week — and I’m actually really enjoying it! We’re moving slowly, so I haven’t gotten very far into the story yet. One of this week’s chapters  is a description of a big tournament — and this paragraph just really jumped out at me:

Thus ended the memorable field of Ashby-de-la-Zouche, one of the most gallantly contested tournaments of that age; for although only four knights, including one who was smothered by the heat of his armour, had died upon the field, yet upwards of thirty were desperately wounded, four or five of whom never recovered. Several more were disabled for life; and those who escaped best carried the marks of the conflict to the grave with them. Hence it is is always mentioned in the old records, as the Gentle and Joyous Passage of Arms of Ashby.

Silly me. I thought a tournament was just for show. So — four dead, 30+ wounded, bunches more disabled — and they call it “gentle” and “joyous”? I think they had a very different idea of a good time way back then!

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Ivanhoe

  1. LOL! Well, I wonder how accurate this is. I actually understand that tournaments were very seldom harmful for knights… just as wars after all. And if you think about it, it makes sense. Kights were noblemen. They went through an education to become kights. Even their equipments was very expencive, and very often custome made. They were part of the valuable cavarly. It would have been very stupid to throw their life or health away like that.

    I read Ivanhoe a very long time ago, but I remember enjoyinging it. It was a period I read a few of these adventure stories. I really liked the Black Arrow too.

    Hey, I’m kind of on the same line. For the Hobbit Day, I’m talking about The Fellowship of the Ring on my blog ^_^

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