Black Arrow

Black Arrow

by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

Set in England during the 15th-century Wars of the Roses, this swash-buckling historical novel by the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped tells the story of young Dick Shelton. Betrayed by his treacherous and brutal guardian, Sir Daniel Brackley, Dick seeks the help of John Amend-All, leader of the mysterious fellowship of the Black Arrow -- and Brackley's sworn enemy. Pitted against fierce fighters, a trecherous priest, and Sir Daniel, Dick seeks to become a knight and rescue his true love.

Brimming with adventure, suspense, and romance, this thrilling tale presents a classic portrait of England during one of its most tumultuous eras, as Dick is pulled by his loyalties to the houses of both York and Lancaster. He must make a crucial choice, for his fate and the fate of England hang in the balance.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000746318
Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 532,351
File size: 663 KB

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Stevenson is well known for his novels of historical adventure, including Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893).

John Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author. Apart from writing a regular column in the Guardian, Sutherland has published seventeen books and is editing the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction.

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but was finally allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted forcibly against the Presbyterianism of both his city's professional classes and his devout parents, but the influence of Calvinism on his childhood informed the fascination with evil that is so powerfully explored in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson suffered from a severe respiratory disease from his twenties onwards, leading him to settle in the gentle climate of Samoa with his American wife, Fanny Osbourne.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

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The black arrow: a tale of the two roses 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! A wonderful adventure story. Fans of "Treasure Island" will certainly love this book. Also, I read this on my nook and contrary to what other reviewers had to say, I had no problem with the format. Reviewers, please do not comment solely on the format without thinking of the quality of the story. Many readers rely on reviews and would miss out on a great story because of reviews from people who did not end up reading the book. If there is a problem with the format take it up with your provider, don't give a good book and bad name!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I read The Black Arrow, the only Stevenson stories that I had read were Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. When I read this story, I found a Stevenson story that pulled me into a world that was quite different from the worlds of Stevenson that I had entered before. The Black Arrow is an interesting story that combines several themes in a twisting but not confusing plot. I also enjoyed the rich desciption of the settings and battles. However, some of the language is often hard to follow since many of the words Stevenson used are unused in today's speech. But the engrossing plot kept me engaged as long as I took the time to read slightly slower and not skip over such words as 'churlish.' But overall, this was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who has read any of Stevenson's stories.
Munningss_SCapingReality More than 1 year ago
Choose this book version with the cover picture instead. This version is unreadable.
cheapskatereader More than 1 year ago
A great book but almost unreadable: missing words and letters, strange symbols, reversed pages, etc. Buy the optimized version with terrific Wyeth illustrations.
kem-FL More than 1 year ago
I don't actually know whether the book is good or not. The ebook is formatted very poorly for online reading - no paragraph breaks, no chapter headings, justified text, and illustration captions mixed into the story. I found it impossible to read. I usually enjoy old historical fiction - but not this book in this format.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Black Arrow is my favorite book of all time, it's a little hard to get into from the begining but you quickly catch-on. I find it amazing that the main character time after time ends up in a trap and yet somehow allways gets out with his life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am sure the book must be good, but I found it unreadable due to poor scanning.
bga_reviews More than 1 year ago
This edition was scanned by Google, and the OCR turned into an ebook. Unfortunately, Google doesn't need to concern itself with little subtleties like paragraphs for its search engine. Unless you want to read Robert Louis Stevenson channeled by James Joyce, you're much better off viewing the Google Books PDF edition, or any edition from Project Gutenberg ( or other public domain ebook sites (,, etc.) I'm not sure if anyone else has a free eReader format book, though.
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Ok. Im wating for you
number1teacher More than 1 year ago
While I appreciate the story being told, understanding the language of 15th century England poses a challenge. I'm drawn back to my studies of Shakespeare. Wouldst that this missive been more easily readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Total jibberish due to a million typos!!! Unreadable jumbled mess of characters.
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Arthur_Coombe More than 1 year ago
Whiling away my time in the library of The American School in London, I found this book purely by chance. I was in the seventh grade at the time. The Black Arrow is set in England in the days of Henry VI. It opens with the knight Sir Daniel leaving a trail of rack and ruin across the countryside surrounding his Moat House. The villainous archer Appleyard (veteran of Agincourt), man-at-arms Bennett Hatch and Sir Oliver Oates assist Sir Daniel. The outlaw Jon Amend-All vows revenge against all four of them, taunting them in this note nailed to the door of the church: "Dick Shelton took the page in his hand and read it aloud. It contained some lines of very rugged doggerel, hardly even rhyming, written in a gross character, and most uncouthly spelt. With the spelling somewhat bettered, this is how they ran: I had four blak arrows under my belt, Four for the greefs that I have felt, Four for the number of ill menne That have oppressed me now and then One is gone; one is wele sped; Old Appleyaird is dead. One is for Master Bennet Hatch, That burned Grimstone, walls and thatch. One is for Sir Oliver Oates, Who cut Sir Harry Shelton's throat. Sir Daniel, ye shall have the fourth; We shall think it fair sport. Ye shall each have your own part, A blak arrow in each blak heart. Get ye to your knees for to pray, Ye are dead theeves by yea and nay. From Jon Amend-All of the Green Wood and his jolly fellowship "Now, well-a-day for charity and the Christian graces!" cried Sir Oliver, lamentably. "Sirs, this is an ill world, and daily groweth worse." The book was filmed in 1911 and 1948. It was also an Australian TV special in 1973.
JohnB_of_Indy More than 1 year ago
I read this book in either middle or elementary school and loved it. With so many books so easy to get on the Nook, I thought I'd try it again now that I'm nearly fifty. I did not think I would, but I am enjoying it very much. It does seem to have been written for much younger readers, but that may be a combination of my own perspective and the nineteenth century writing. It's a good swashbuckling adventure and gives a good basic look at the War of the Roses.
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Lurks in the darkness...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she looks at u jaw dropped open* wait what?