Written in 1819 but set in 12th-century
England, Ivanhoe is a tale of love
struggling to survive against a violent
backdrop of politics and war. Wilfred of
Ivanhoe was thrown out of his father’s
home when he fell in love with his father
Cedric’s ward, Lady Rowena. Ivanhoe
later returns from fighting in the Crusades
and is wounded in a jousting tournament.
A series of events follow, including the
return of King Richard to England,
resulting in Ivanhoe’s reconciliation with
Cedric and his marriage to Rowena.