The setting is in England, shortly after the Third Crusade. Prince John is trying to usurp the throne from his brother, Richard the Lion Heart. Soon after returning to England from the crusades, Ivanhoe is a young Saxon knight who is beholden to Rebecca, a Jewess with knowledge of healing arts. But Ivanhoe's heart belongs to Rowena, a Saxon princess. The conflicts are numerous in this work: Saxon against Norman; Jew against Gentile; religion against love; even brother against brother as Richard and John contend for the throne of England. Ivanhoe is the classic historical novel about shame and chivalry; love and hate; villains and heroes. Wonderful characters abound in the story. Robert of Locksley is the greatest archer of all times. And Wamba is perhaps the wisest fool that you will ever encounter anywhere in literature. Certainly,Ivanhoe is one of the best of the best.