The Black Arrow

The Black Arrow

by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The 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

ISBN-13: 9781434405913
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) studied law at Edinburgh University but was determined to become a writer. His extensive travels throughout Europe formed the basis of his first two books. Stevenson is most famous for such thrilling novels as Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and The Master of Ballantrae (1889). When he died, he left behind the unfinished manuscript for Weir of Hermiston.
Gary Hoppenstand, a professor at Michigan State University, teaches in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. He has written introductions for two other Signet Classic editions: Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel and Rafael Sabitini’s Scaramouche. Considered the leading authority on the adventure story, he is currently writing a literary history of popular fiction. He is also president of the national Popular Culture Association and the current editor of The Journal of Popular Culture.

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young man that has to deal with the fact that the men that had raised him might not be exactly what he thought they were. They were all in involved in a plot to kill his father. The young man's name is Richard Shelton and he falls in love with a girl named Joanne Sedley. He has to leave her behind, however, when he has to run for his life from Sir Daniel, his legal guardian and master mind to the plot that killed his father. The book tells of Dick's quest in making a name for himself and rescuing Joanne from the clasp of Sir Daniel. This book is an excellent fictional story in twined in the famous fight between the Lancaster's and the York's. This book was magnificent in the way the author used language and imagery to describe events, characters,and places in a way that made it easy to picture in your mind. The plot of the story was easy to follow yet never stopping in the adventerousness and excitingness of it. The author was very talented in explaining and writeing about each character in a way that made you either understand, love, sympathise, or hate them. If you love adventure and intimate books, you will absolutely love 'The Black Arrow'.
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I really like adventure books especially ones that are historical based. I really got into the story here being that it brought in a war within a war. A good story that had me going from the prolouge. The story was funny and yet somewhat dramatic i would recomend this book as a good read.
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