The Sea Hawk

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Sir Oliver Tressilian sat at his ease in the lofty dining-room of the handsome house of Penarrow, which he owed to the enterprise of his father of lamented and lamentable memory and to the skill and invention of an Italian engineer named Bagnolo who had come to England half a century ago as one of the assistants of the famous Torrigiani.
This house of such a startlingly singular and Italianate grace for so remote a corner of Cornwall deserves,...
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Sir Oliver Tressilian sat at his ease in the lofty dining-room of the handsome house of Penarrow, which he owed to the enterprise of his father of lamented and lamentable memory and to the skill and invention of an Italian engineer named Bagnolo who had come to England half a century ago as one of the assistants of the famous Torrigiani.
This house of such a startlingly singular and Italianate grace for so remote a corner of Cornwall deserves, together with the story of its construction, a word in passing.
The Italian Bagnolo who combined with his salient artistic talents a quarrelsome, volcanic humour had the mischance to kill a man in a brawl in a Southwark tavern. As a result he fled the town, nor paused in his headlong flight from the consequences of that murderous deed until he had all but reached the very ends of England. Under what circumstances he became acquainted with Tressilian the elder I do not know. But certain it is that the meeting was a very timely one for both of them. To the fugitive, Ralph Tressilian-who appears to have been inveterately partial to the company of rascals of all denominations-afforded shelter; and Bagnolo repaid the service by offering to rebuild the decaying half-timbered house of Penarrow. Having taken the task in hand he went about it with all the enthusiasm of your true artist, and achieved for his protector a residence that was a marvel of grace in that crude age and outlandish district. There arose under the supervision of the gifted engineer, worthy associate of Messer Torrigiani, a noble two-storied mansion of mellow red brick, flooded with light and sunshine by the enormously tall mullioned windows that rose almost from base to summit of each pilastered facade. The main doorway was set in a projecting wing and was overhung by a massive balcony, the whole surmounted by a pillared pediment of extraordinary grace, now partly clad in a green mantle of creepers. Above the burnt red tiles of the roof soared massive twisted chimneys in lofty majesty.
But the glory of Penarrow-that is, of the new Penarrow begotten of the fertile brain of Bagnolo-was the garden fashioned out of the tangled wilderness about the old house that had crowned the heights above Penarrow point. To the labours of Bagnolo, Time and Nature had added their own. Bagnolo had cut those handsome esplanades, had built those noble balustrades bordering the three terraces with their fine connecting flights of steps; himself he had planned the fountain, and with his own hands had carved the granite faun presiding over it and the dozen other statues of nymphs and sylvan gods in a marble that gleamed in white brilliance amid the dusky green. But Time and Nature had smoothed the lawns to a velvet surface, had thickened the handsome boxwood hedges, and thrust up those black spear-like poplars that completed the very Italianate appearance of that Cornish demesne.
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A gadzooks romance with a generous measure of blood, revenge, sacrifice, villainy, adventure, and heart-interest.
Library Journal
Where would Errol Flynn have been without this guy? Published in 1922, 1921, and 1915, respectively, these offer swashbuckling at its best in rousing adventure stories of pirates and revolutionaries. These editions include gorgeous cover art by Gregory Manchess and scholarly introductions. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492127062
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/9/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    An excellent book

    I had never heard of Rafael Sabatini before. However, when I was browsing for a good book, I had spotted Captain Blood. I wasn't exactly sure how it would turn out, but I decided to give it a try. It was surely worth it! The imagery, the language and the setting Sabatini uses truly captivates the reader! As soon as I had finished Captain Blood, I couldn't wait to find another book by Sabatini. Soon enough I discovered The Sea Hawk and it was even better than Captain Blood! What caught me more with this book was the betrayal that the characters exhibited in this book against the main character, Sir Oliver Tressilian. Oliver's actions and the choices he makes to exact revenge on those who wronged him really make the reader feel sympathy for him. Also, Sabatini writes in a way to make the reader see all sides of the story and not just side with the main character and the events that follow in the tale. The fears, the doubts and the weaknesses the characters feel in this book are ones that all humans feel, it's almost a little difficult to remember that they are only fictional. The way Sabatini describes the characters and their emotions in this book makes them seem much more real and complex as actual true human beings. The brutality in this book is a little severe, however it gives off a real-world feeling to it. This truly is a book that will bring you into its world. I highly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Ami...                                                          

    Ami...                                                                                                                                                                                     I am actually really bummed right now... i am part of a broncos family... :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Blake

    Whats the matter AJ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    April

    Im single

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    Yea

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    Brody

    Wals in

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    Posted February 3, 2014

    Aj

    Cries alone

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    Posted February 9, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    SEAHAWKS

    DO YALL NOW WHY PEPOLE PUT NON STUFF ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS ON THIS THING IF YALL DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT ON THERE. IF YALL ARE NOT GOING TO PIT IT ON THERE TJEN DO NOT TRY TO PUT IT ON THERE ANY WAYS. YALL PEOPLE AR DUMB???...

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Very well written book. I had a hard time putting it down. Was

    Very well written book. I had a hard time putting it down. Was a little hard at times to understand with the errors and misspelled words but was really captivating. Totally worth reading. would give 5 stars if not for the errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Amazing!

    I just love this book!

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Great Classic!

    Sir Oliver Tressilian is wronged by his half-brother, Lionel. Kidnapped, Oliver survives slavery at the oar of a Spanish ship and becomes a Muslim pirate. Feared and respected, Oliver becomes Sakr-El-Bahr. When an unexpected chance comes along for him to wreak vengeance upon Lionel, he sets out for England. However, in seeking to settle the score, he puts his own life in grave danger.

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