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Rabble in Arms Paperback – January 1, 1996
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Comparing Rabble in Arms to Arundel misses the point. They are, for all their shared themes and characters, different books. Simply put, Peter Merrill's voice and perspective in this novel differ in many respects from those of Steven Nason in Arundel. Cap Huff, who returns as the errant knight, is integral: he is to Roberts as Falstaff is to Shakepeare. I do recommend reading Arundel first, since you will derive extra benefit from the character development that has already taken place in the first installment of this series.
Rabble in Arms is another great work by a very talented and prolific author. Perhaps Roberts' sympathetic treatment of Benedict Arnold and his ambivalence concerning patriotism and loyalty have kept his work out of the classroom. Whatever the reasons, it is tragic that Roberts and his novels are not better known. They deserve to be widely read.
Having read (insatiably) the entire series last winter, I visited the Saratoga battlefield a few weeks ago and felt sorry for the other tourists who had not read these books - Rabble in Arms in particular. To see the actual gun emplacements overlooking the Hudson and the road to Albany, artifacts and dioramas of the battles, and in particular the "Boot Monument" - the statue of a boot (symbolizing his injury?), erected a hundred years ago in honor of the unnamed Benedict Arnold "The greatest general of the Revolution" - greatly enhanced the experience of the series, and vice-versa. I was surprised that the otherwise well-informed guide at the Schuyler house had never heard of this book! Perhaps I should buy him a copy too.
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I had read it years ago and enjoyed it. I found it just as interesting this time around.Published 9 days ago by Elaine Harris
Read this along with Arundel. Loved both books. Very interesting view of American Revolution and Benedict Arnold.Published 11 days ago by T Adams
Please read Arundel, Rabble in Arms, and any other books by Kenneth Roberts.Published 20 days ago by travelmama877
Lots of interesting information surrounding Arnold's amazing leadership and support of the war in general. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tonawandawunda
Great book for anyone interested on the Revolutionary war era.Published 2 months ago by Bruce A. beauchamp
We had lost our copy of this from the Sixties, and I was replenishing our Library.
There is nobody better than Kenneth Roberts. His style and storytelling grab and transport you there...you see, smell, hear and feel the story around you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Badgerboy
I first read Kenneth Roberts' works as a youth. It is nice to be able to put them on my kindle.Published 5 months ago by Ronald L. Stjames