Ivanhoe Chapter 13 Summary
- Scott claims that the epigraph from this chapter comes from Homer's Iliad, but we find these lines in Book V of the Epigoniad, by a Scottish poet named William Wilkie (1721-1772). The lines describe an archery contest – so guess what this chapter is going to be about?
- Now that Ivanhoe is back, Prince John sees trouble coming his way.
- After Ivanhoe's departure to the Holy Land with King Richard, Prince John gave Ivanhoe's castle to his own favorite, Reginald Front-de-Boeuf. Will Front-de-Boeuf have to return his property now?
- Prince John has also noticed Rowena's distress at Ivanhoe's unexpected return.
- He thinks it only proper that a beautiful Saxon like her, with many rich lands to her name, should marry a Norman knight of his choosing.
- Prince John decides that Rowena should marry his good buddy de Bracy.
- De Bracy adds that he will happily marry anyone with lands that he likes.
- Prince John orders that Cedric and Athelstane attend his banquet that night.
- A messenger brings Prince John a letter written and sealed by Philip II of France. It says: "Take heed to yourself, for the Devil is unchained!" (13.20).
- Prince John and his advisors realize that this means King Richard has been set free. He is probably on his way back to England right now!
- The time has come for Prince John to make his uprising official.
- But first, the Normans have to finish off the tournament so the common people won't be unhappy.
- Prince John starts the archery contest.
- The competitors are down to eight when Prince John spots that yeoman who insulted the Normans in Chapter 7.
- The yeoman tells Prince John his name: Locksley.
- Prince John challenges Locksley to participate in the archery contest. If Locksley loses, he'll be whipped. If he wins, he'll get the prize money plus an extra twenty gold pieces.
- For now the winner of the archery tournament is Hubert, a ranger who works for Philip de Malvoisin.
- Locksley agrees to shoot at Hubert's target if Hubert will then agree to shoot at a target of Locksley's choosing.
- Locksley wins, of course.
- Then Locksley cuts a willow rod and stands it at one end of the tournament field. He challenges Hubert to hit that rod.
- Hubert is certain that he cannot.
- Locksley splits the willow rod with his arrow, and everyone applauds his skill as an archer.
- Prince John hands Locksley his prize money and offers Locksley a job.
- Locksley refuses. He wants to work for King Richard.
- Locksley also gives the twenty gold coins in prize money to Hubert and then disappears.
- Prince John lets him go because he has other things to worry about. He sends one of his men after Isaac of York.
- He demands two thousand crowns (a lot of money), or else he is going to cut Isaac's head off.
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