In the mid–1880's, as George S. Parker became more successful, he began to publish catalogs of the games he printed and sold around Massachusetts. Ivanhoe. A Social Game and The Dickens Game are two early examples of "tie–in" merchandising, linking popular literary characters and books with card and parlor games.
Ivanhoe, a romantic novel set in 12th century England, was an example of 19th century popular literature that created a revival of interest in the middle ages.
The legendary characters Locksley, better known as Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and King Richard the Lion–Hearted make appearances in the book, as well.