Walter Scott is the author of very popular historical novels, the founder of the genre "historical novel" in England.
The Talisman is a novel infused with political intrigue and romantic love story during the Third crusade. Against Richard the Lionheart plotting the Austrian Duke Leopold and king Philip of France, and Grand master of the Knights Templar actually planning his murder. In this affair suddenly bursts into the Sultan Saladin and the main characters of the novel – a knight Kenneth and Edith Plantagenet, a relative of Richard.
At the end of the novel Kenneth, now David is Scottish, marry Edith Plantagenet, and as a gift to the young Saladin sends famous mascot, cures diseases.