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The Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Excellent Edition - a fine addition to any Robert E. Howard library!

    Having read many of Howard's stories elsewhere, I purchased this edition because it presents so many of his stories and fragments with minimal or no editing. Most (if not all) of the editing is grammatical in nature and listed in "Notes on the Original Howard Texts" at the end of the book. We get to see Howard's stories as he wrote them without them being sanitized for today's sensibilities. Howard was a product of his time and it can't hurt to remember where we were and how far we have come. Even with his all his warts, Robert E. Howard was a great storyteller. I am not a great fan of the Watkiss illustrations, but they provide a nice accompaniment to the stories.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    entertaining escapades in the first half of the previous millennium

    These eighteen historical short stories and poems display a different Robert E. Howard than the sword and sorcerer fame. The entries are enhanced by a terrific introduction (Scott Oden) and an insightful article (Howard Andrew Jones) that provides the audience insight into the depth of the late great author. The tales bring alive several centuries and locations in the medieval Mediterranean. During the crusades, Cormac FitzGeoffrey follows Richard the Lion-hearted into battle as "Hawk of Outremer". Having cut short her unwanted wedding vows; title character Dark Agnes de la Fere turns to the sword in "Sword Woman" and "Blade for France. In eleventh century Cairo, Spaniard Diego de Guzman thirst for vengeance but to achieve his quest he must pretend to be a Muslim in "Hawks over Egypt". Whether it is "The Road of Eagles" in the year of our Lord 1595 at the Black Sea or traveling on "The Road of Azrael" as Kosru Malik chronicles the road of death, these are terrific historical sword adventures that showcase the late authors depth and width. Artist John Watkiss provides B&W illustrations that enhance the tales. This collection contains entertaining escapades in the first half of the previous millennium.

    Harriet Klausner

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