Ivanhoe By Walter Scott While reading the book Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott I have come to the conclusion that Scott criticizes the church a lot. By some of the quotes by various characters show that he has some type of grudge towards the church. In the following paragraphs I will give several examples of his criticism. One example of the criticism of the church is when the Grand Master was talking at the trial. He said: “You are aware that we might well have refused this woman the benefit of the trail by combat; but, though a Jewess and an unbeliever, she is also a stranger and defenseless, and God forbid that she should ask the benefit of our mild laws and that should be refused to her” This is just one of many that the Grand Master is accusing and not letting the trial be fair because Rebecca is a Jew. This shows that many of the churchman would lie to save their one life.
I am led to believe that the only reason why they turned Rebecca in for being a witch is because they wanted to save one of their own (Brian). Another example of the criticism of the church is the appearance of Brian and Brother Aymer. They both seemed to be rich and since all people involved in the church are supposed to live with fewer advantages they arent supposed to be rich. We knew that they were rich because the brother had many servants and people with him. The brother was also over weight so it should that he indulged a lot even though he wasnt supposed to. Then when Wamba tricked them by saying one direction and pointing the other.
Scott was trying to say that obviously the two churchman that Wamba encountered were not that bright. Then there was the time when Ulrica was talking to Cedric about her past. She said: “This castle, for ten years, has opened to no priest save the debauched Norman chaplain who partook the nightly revels of Front-de-Boeuf, and he has been long gone to render an account of his stewardship. But thou art a Saxon—a Saxon priest, and I have one question to ask of thee” Then she goes on saying how priests have come and gone not even noticing the pain she was going through. Since Ulricas past was so awful she has always has always hated her because they have never helped her when she needed them the most.
Though in Ivanhoe there were many examples of criticism but it would take awhile to name all of them. It was obvious that Scott didnt exactly like the church. The strange thing that I keep on thinking about is why he didnt like the church. I think that there is probably a good reason but most people dont even know about it. Still he made his point in the book.