Ivanhoe is a historical novel
by Sir Walter Scott
that details the adventures of the saxon knight
Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe. It is a fairly long book, and it is written in a kind of psuedo-old English
, and therefore it is kind of difficult to read.
In summary, the plot goes as follows: Sir Wilfred goes off to fight in the crusades
with his beloved monarch Richard the Lion-hearted
is kidnapped on his way back from the Crusades
, but Wilfred is able to successfully return. When he does, he finds that Richard's
evil brother, Prince John
, has ursurped his thrown in his absence, and, needless to say, he is not a very pleasent king to be around (evil princes rarely are). Sir Wilfred then goes on to restore the true king's thrown, which winds up involving allying with Robin Hood
, fighting Knights Templar
, and the like. In the end (I'm not really giving anything away since this is, after all, a romantic, historical novel), Richard the Lion-hearted
throne is restored, Prince John
is defeated, and Wilfred marries his betrothed.