Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, this Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms.This classic tale of medieval adventure not only merges history and fiction with ease, but introduces the world to a host of beloved characters as they are known today, such as Robin Hood and his Merry Men. After declaring his allegiance to the Norman king and seeking to marry against his father's wishes, the Saxon-born Ivanhoe is banished from England. Torn from his true love, he joins Richard the Lion Heart's crusade in the Holy Land. Scheming to win Rowena back, Ivanhoe returns home to attend a jousting tournament under the name Desdichado. In the chaos that ensues, however, Ivanhoe is locked in the bitter power struggle between the righteous King Richard and his conniving brother, John.