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Sean Pendergast The story of Ivanhoe takes place during the Middle Ages in England with the year being 1194 AD It is about the adventures Ivanhoe encounters upon returning from the crusades with his friend and king King Richard the Lion Heart Ivanhoe has been disowned by his father because of this and is forbidden to marry his true love Lady Rowena Life was very different during the Middle Ages and so were the people During the Middle Ages there was much hatred between the Saxons and the Normans The Normans had taken over England sometime earlier and had appointed King Richard as the new king Even though he was not terribly unjust to the Saxons most Saxons still resented all Normans for taking their country over While King Richard was away on the crusades Prince John was placed in charge He did not like the idea of Normans and Saxons living together as equals so he plotted to take over the throne from King Richard However his attempt failed miserably Entertainment was very different during the Middle Ages It mostly consisted of jousts and what were like mini-wars During the jousts the two knights competing on horseback would suddenly charge at each other Then they would each lower a long pole until it was body level Finally when they got close enough they would try to strike each other which the poles in attempt to nock each other off The person who stayed on his horse was declared the winner Also there were these mini-war like events A large number of knights usually around 15 would have a pretty much anything goes war The winner again was the person who stayed on his horse the longest In the movie Ivanhoe Ivanhoe always won these events However the tree champion knights Morris de Bracey Frontenac and Brian Gilbert wounded him pretty bad Also during the Middle Ages there was
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