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A rousing tale told in magnificent style, G. A. Henty's story of medieval life follows the remarkable adventures of young Cuthbert de Lance, a lad who serves as a page to an English nobleman during the Third Crusade. Readers have a ringside seat at a major historical event as they follow the boy to the Holy Land, experience the excitement of battle, and share Cuthbert's dangerous exploits on his return trip across Europe to England.
Henty was known for his historical accuracy, and this volume reinforced his reputation; once again, he places his young characters in critical periods of history. Masterfully blending fact with fiction, Henty produced more than 140 books and achieved a reputation as the "Prince of Storytellers." His popular novels continue to ignite youthful imaginations with thrilling tales of reckless courage set in bygone days.
About the Author
George Alfred Henty (8 December 1832 - 16 November 1902) was a prolific English novelist and war correspondent. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His works include The Dragon & The Raven (1886), For The Temple (1888), Under Drake's Flag (1883) and In Freedom's Cause (1885).
G. A. Henty was born in Trumpington, near Cambridge. He was a sickly child who had to spend long periods in bed. During his frequent illnesses he became an avid reader and developed a wide range of interests which he carried into adulthood.
Henty usually researched his novels by ordering several books on the subject he was writing on from libraries, and consulting them before beginning writing. Some of his books were written about events (such as the Crimean War) that he witnessed himself. Hence these books are thus written with greater detail as Henty drew upon his first-hand experiences of people, places, and events.
Table of ContentsI. The Outlaws
II. A Rescue
III. The Capture of Wortham Hold
IV. The Crusades
VI. The Lists
VIII. The Attack
IX. The Princess Berengaria
XI. In the Holy Land
XII. The Accolade
XIII. In the Hands of the Saracens
XIV. An Effort for Freedom
XV. A Hermit's Tale
XVI. A Fight of Heroes
XVII. An Alpine Storm
XVIII. Sentenced to Death
XX. Under the Greenwood
XXI. The Attempt on the Convent
XXII. A Dastardly Stratagem
XXIII. The False and Perjured Knight
XXIV. The Siege of Evesham Castle
XXV. In Search of the King
XXVI. King Richard's Return to England