Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a widely read and revered storyteller who invented the historical novel to express his feelings for Scotland. While he welcomed union with England and the promise of progress, he regretted the decline of Scottish traditions. His love of romantic Scottish Border ballads and tales—the yearning for individual heroic action—marked him. Ivanhoe, one in a long series of Waverley novels, was remarkable in its sympathetic portrayal of Judaism and reflected his humanity and concern for religious tolerance. Other famous titles include Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, and The Heart of Midlothian.