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Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
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Mar 03, 2009

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The following is a description of an NSA student's thesis on this work:

"The Message of Scott: A Study of the Romanticism of Ivanhoe"
Father of the Historical Novel. Author of Waverly. The Wizard of the North. Sir Walter Scott is known for many things, but perhaps less well-known is his title "the savior of Scotland", given by Dr. George Grant. In my thesis, I discuss how Scott fits into history, and how he helped shape his own country's culture and history through his Romantic novels. The themes which we see in Ivanhoe speak to the Christianity that is behind Scott's writing, and ultimately explain how he could have so great an impact not only in Scotland and England, but around the world. I also take a moment to illustrate what happens when someone without a Christian view of the world (Mark Twain) becomes an author, and yet disdains everything that Romanticism stands for. With this in mind, I provide a quick tour through Twain's popular novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and its anti-romanticism. Finally, I discuss what all of this means for us as 21st Century American Christians, what we are in danger of, and why we should embrace Scott's Romanticism.

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Kathryn Scarborough what does NSA stand for??

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Christina New Saint Andrew's college in Moscow, Idaho.

Kathryn Scarborough thanks

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