Wilfred of Ivanhoe is a favourite subject of King Richard I at the time of the crusades. John, the King's brother, plans to depose him - assisted by immoral Norman noblemen. With Ivanhoe's expertise King Richard defeats the knights of John at a mighty battle at Ashby de la Zouch. Ivanhoe's love life is complicated as he is in love with his lifelong sweetheart Rowena, whose father has promised her to another - and also smitten by the exotic Rebecca, the moneylender's daughter. The battle of Ashby de la Zouch is followed by the siege of the castle at Torquilstone where the beautiful Rebecca has been imprisoned. Rebecca is accused of witchcraft by the evil Templar Knight, Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, who is also infatuated with her. Robin of Locksley joins King Richard in the conflict and Ivanhoe shows all his courage and nobility by confronting the enemy. King Richard finally brings together Ivanhoe with his true love, Rowena.