Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

In fifteenth-century England, when his father's murderer is revealed to be his guardian, seventeen-year-old Richard Shelton joins the fellowship of the Black Arrow in avenging the death, rescuing ...

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Overview

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

In fifteenth-century England, when his father's murderer is revealed to be his guardian, seventeen-year-old Richard Shelton joins the fellowship of the Black Arrow in avenging the death, rescuing the woman he loves, and participating in the struggle between the Yorks and Lancasters in the War of the Roses.

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Children's Literature
Dick Shelton, an orphaned young noble, dreams of becoming a knight. Growing up in the house of Sir Daniel Brackley, his guardian, Dick learns the art of being a knight, becomes betrothed to an orphaned noble lady, and falls in love with her. However, Sir Daniel is not all that he seems to be. Dick learns of Sir Daniel's involvement in the murder of his father and joins a group of outlaws who have vowed revenge against Sir Daniel and those who helped him. Dick must defeat Sir Daniel, recover his true love, and somehow elude the trappings of the Wars of the Roses. This story may be less famous than Stevenson's other works, such as Treasure Island or Kidnapped, yet Stevenson is true to his writing style. Stevenson does not use complicated plot development yet fills this story with simple action and romance. His use of the vernacular lends credence to characters, and his vivid descriptions ground the book in its historical time and place. 2001 (orig. 1888), Cassell & Company Ltd/Dover Publications, Ages 12 up.
—David Lisk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406792683
  • Publisher: Hesperides Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 3
Book I The Two Lads
At the Sign of the Sun in Kettley 19
In the Fen 27
The Fen Ferry 33
A Greenwood Company 40
"Bloody as the Hunter" 47
To the Day's End 55
The Hooded Face 61
Book II The Moat House
Dick Asks Questions 70
The Two Oaths 78
The Room over the Chapel 85
The Passage 91
How Dick Changed Sides 96
Book III My Lord Foxham
The House by the Shore 105
A Skirmish in the Dark 112
Saint Bride's Cross 118
The Good Hope 121
The Good Hope (continued) 129
The Good Hope (concluded) 135
Book IV The Disguise
The Den 141
"In Mine Enemies' House" 148
The Dead Spy 156
In the Abbey Church 163
Earl Risingham 172
Arblaster Again 176
Book V Crookback
The Shrill Trumpet 186
The Battle of Shoreby 193
The Battle of Shoreby (concluded) 199
The Sack of Shoreby 203
Night in the Woods--Alicia Risingham 212
Night in the Woods (concluded)--Dick and Joan 219
Dick's Revenge 228
Conclusion 232
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