Ivanhoe is a novel for anyone who loves knights in shining armor and beautiful ladies in distress. Sir Walter Scott was an early 19th century Scottish novelist and poet. Scott was the first English speaking writer to gain international fame during his lifetime. Ivanhoe is an historical novel set in medieval England. It is the time of Richard the Lionhearted. Among the characters are Robin Hood, King Richard, and Rebecca and Rowena who are two beautiful women both in love with Ivanhoe.