2021-09-12 04:26:59 UTC
I was looking to see if a PDF copy of a particular history book might be
found online. One thing I stumbled across in the search was a thesis about
how the American Legion played a role in promoting Americanism
in U.S. textbooks.
This put me in mind of a MAD magazine satire where the book 'Melvinhoe'
was offered as a replacement for Ivanhoe in American public schools.
Finally, I decided to look for the book by Sir Walter Scott. But since I didn't
have much energy or time for reading, nor all that much appetite for great
literature... I did not sit down with the book itself, or either of two
abridgements I also found on the Internet Archive. No, I settled for the
Classic Comics adaptation.
But from that I still learned what I wanted to know: the protagonist was
not Russian, he wasn't even an Irishman who was still in the process of
migrating from the Russian home of his Indo-European forbears (like
Conan the Barbarian from Cimmeria). No... he was a good Saxon, Wilfred
of Ivanhoe. So Ivanhoe is a place, not a person.
And one of Canada's early Prime Ministers was Sir Wilfred Laurier, so it's a
real first name.