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The Boy Knight A Tale of the Crusades Kindle Edition
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The story takes place during the Third Crusade under King Richard I. It is very much historically accurate with one or two inconsequential exceptions for romantic purposes (e.g. SPOILER: the troubadour Blondel did NOT discover King Richard's prison). The day to day events of the story however were obviously well researched.
It is very much pro- King Richard and somewhat neutral on the subject of the Crusades themselves. However it was written for young people so it's no small wonder the saucy bits were left out. All in all, a nice, light way of gaining some heavy historical insight and knowledge.
In response to a certain CA State Reading Specialist:
I'm sure you'll never read this but--
G.A. Henty' s main publisher was the same one who published many of Jules Verne' s novels, amongst others. So hardly self- published.
As for Henty' s "attempt" at writing "old English" please look up when the book in question was published...
And to anyone interested who wants to become a CA State Reading Specialist, the application is online.
When this adventure begins, Cuthbert is a boy of fifteen living at home with his mother in Norman England. He hears information and is able to warn the outlaws living in the forest, among whom he has relatives, of an impending attack by the Earl of Evesham, who resents their killing his deer without permission. The forest men are reconciled to the Earl, however, when Cuthbert summons their help to rescue the Earl's daughter from a kidnapping by a nearby vindictive Norman nobleman. After Cuthbert participates in the victorious siege of the latter's castle, the Earl of Evesham, who is himself a distant relative of Cuthbert, promises to take him with him when he next rides off to battle.
Neither had any idea that they would be going off to battle so soon. King Richard the Lionhearted was gathering troops to set off on another crusade, and Cuthbert gets to go along, and be a party to major historic events. He witnesses the French and British rivalry, rescues a princess, wins a duel, fights the Moorish pirates, is knighted for saving King Richard's life in a battle, escapes Saracen captivity, visits with a Dead Sea hermit, and returns to Europe with King Richard.
When the Earl of Evesham was mortally wounded, he begged the king that his estates, title and daughter would be granted to Cuthbert. After Cuthbert and his faithful men make their dangerous journey across the snowy Alps and hostile European cities with many narrow escapes, they find themselves rather unwelcome in England. There he leads a Robin Hood style life, and with Robin Hood, no less! They finally see that Cuthbert's mother and fiancée are in safety, and Cuthbert goes with Blondel to discover the place of King Richard's imprisonment, and arrange for his ransom.
This is one of the more exciting Henty adventures, and any lover of Robin Hood will certainly enjoy this tale. Cuthbert's presence of mind and common sense, his loyalty, honesty, valor, and quick wits are all characteristics that make us and his authorities in the book admire and respect him. If it were a movie, you would find yourself holding your breath, but by the time you're halfway through the book, you will be confident that Cuthbert can extricate himself and his friends with honor and distinction from any kind of sticky situation. Find a comfortable seat and enjoy!
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