Ivanhoe Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What happens to King Richard as he is traveling through Europe? How does this affect the leadership of England?

While King Richard is traveling through Europe on his return from the Crusades in the Holy Land, he is captured and held for ransom. When this occurs, his brother, Prince John, usurps his power hoping that his brother will not be released and he may rule as king.

2. Why do the people of England prefer King Richard over Prince John?

The people of England prefer King Richard over his brother, Prince John, because Richard is seen as a fair ruler, whereas John attempts to desecrate and demean the Saxons. John is also greedy and has various methods for stealing land from the Saxon people.

3. Who are Gurth and Wamba, and what do they discuss when introduced to the story?

Gurth and Wamba are two of Cedric the Saxon's employees. Gurth is a swineherd and Wamba is a jester. When these characters are introduced to the story, they are discussing the battle which is brewing in England between the Norman rulers and the Saxon population.

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