Ivanhoe Author:Sir Walter Scott Sir Walter Scott gathered a popular audience as no other writer had done before him; a great innovator, he virtually created one of the outstanding literary forms of the past hundred and fifty years - the historical novel. He infused this genre of fiction with color and spectacle, with romance, action, and suspense. — In Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott ... more »gives reality to the life of twelfth-century England through his gallery of flesh-and-blood character. The disinherited knight Ivanhoe and his fair lady Rowena, Richard the LionHearted and Robin Hood - these are people shaped by the forces of tradition, molded by their nation's history. Through them the past of England comes alive - a past of crusades, chivalry, and courtly love.