Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Ivanhoe is the story of one of the few remaining noble Saxon families amidst a domination of Norman nobility. Wilfred of Ivanhoe has fallen in love with his father's ward, Lady Rowena, and has pledged allegiance for the Norman king Richard The Lionheart; actions which caused Ivanhoe to be disinherited by his father. Ivanhoe battles it out in a tournament for the hand of Lady Rowena, a scene which also features Robin of Locksley, aka Robin Hood, and his "merry men." Placing Robin Hood at this period in history was a coup for Scott, as most believed him to have lived a few centuries later. If you love tales of chivalrous knights, fair damsels, and evil princes, you'll certainly enjoy Scott's Ivanhoe.