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Ivanhoe is a historical fiction novel by Sir Walter Scott published in 1820, and set in 12th-century England. Ivanhoe is sometimes credited for increasing interest in Romanticism and Medievalism; John Henry Newman claimed Scott "had first turned men's minds in the direction of the middle ages," Ivanhoe is full of chivalry, romanticism and expiated norms for Medieval fiction. Ivanhoe would share qualities with Arthurian legends and stories like "Sir Gowan and the Green Knight." Our stories today range from the simple escape fiction (kind of like Ivanhoe but not nearly as good) to interpretative fiction with layers of meaning and themes.
Today, modern and contemporary literature, especially literature of the romantic nature is directed toward the female audience. Unlike these historical fiction romances, Ivanhoe has been treated as a romance specically intended for the entertainmant of its male readership.
Although Ivanhoe preceded what we know as the Romance genre, many claim that it stands in parallel with the elements we consider necessary today. Ivanhoe boasts the quest of a champion, the code of chivalry, the war against corrupt government, and of course, the happy ending.