Sir Walter Scott gathered a popular audience, larger than any audience before. A great innovator, he created one of the outstanding literary forms of the past 200 years - the historical novel. In
Ivanhoe, Scott brings to life 12th century England. The disinherited knight Ivanhoe, his fair lady Rowena, Richard the Lion-Hearted and Robin Hood - these are people shaped by the forces of tradition, molded by their nation's history.