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Brewer's: Ivanhoe

I'vanhoe (3 syl.). Sir Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, is the disinherited son of Cedric of Rotherwood. He is first introduced as a pilgrim, in which guise he enters his father's hall, where he…

Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a legendary hero of English folklore. In the old tales, Robin Hood is an expert archer and good-hearted outlaw who lives in England's Sherwood Forest and "robs from the rich and gives to…

Brewer's: Rebecca

Daughter of Isaac the Jew, in love with Ivanhoe. Rebecca, with her father and Ivanhoe, being taken prisoners, are confined in Front de Boeuf's castle. Rebecca is taken to the turret chamber…

Sir Walter Scott

Walter Scott was a superstar novelist of the early 19th century, and a pioneer in the art of the historical novel. His special interest was Scotland's history and culture; his first literary success w…

Brewer's: Ivanovitch

A lazy, good-natured person, the national impersonation of the Russians as a people, as John Bull is of the English, Brother Jonathan of the Americans, Jean Crapaud of the French, and Cousi…

Brewer's: Rowena

A Saxon princess, and bride of Ivanhoe. (Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894RowlandRowdy A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O …

Joan Fontaine

Name at birth: Joan de Beauvoir de HavillandActress Joan Fontaine was famous both for her Oscar-winning career and for her lifelong feud with her older sister, Olivia de Havilland. Fontaine's childho…

Brewer's: Ivan

I'van The Russian form of John, called Juan in Spain, Giovanni in Italian. Ivan the Terrible. Ivan IV. of Russia, infamous for his cruelties, but a man of great energy. He first adopted th…

Brewer's: Athelstane

(3 syl.). surnamed “The Unready” (i.e. impolitic, unwise), thane of Conningsburgh. (Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Ath…

Brewer's: Isaac of York

The Jew in Ivanhoe, and father of Rebecca. (Sir Walter Scott.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894IsabelIsaac A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …