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Men of Iron

By: Howard Pyle

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle is historical fiction that transports us back to the 1400's, a time of knighthood and chivalry. Myles Falworth is eight years old when news comes they must flee their home. His blind father is accused of treason. We see Myles grow up, train as a knight, and with perseverance, clear his father of any wrong-doing and restore their family name. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)...

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In the Year of Jubilee

By: George Gissing

The Jubilee marks the fiftieth year of the reign of Queen Victoria. Dickensian in its sweeping scope of London life, Jubilee depicts the harsh and disreputable conditions of lower-middle class life at the end of the 19th century. (Introduction by S. Kovalchik)...

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Schlacht bei Stellau 1201, Die

By: Detlev von Liliencron

Kurzes Historien Drama um die Schlacht bei Stellau 1201 zwischen Dänen und Holsteinern. Den roten Faden bittet die Liebe zu einer Sklavin, unversöhnlicher Haß und daraus folgende Rache. (Summary by Wassermann)...

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Prince of Good Fellows, A

By: Robert Barr

Robert Barr (1849 - 1912) was a Scottish Journalist, editor, humorist and author. A Prince of Good Fellows was published in 1902, and is a series of Historical Fiction stories about the young James V, King of Scots (1512 – 1542). The chapters are full of humor and adventure and portrays a young King who is both wise and adventurous. (Summary by Lars Rolander)...

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Sense and Sensibility (version 2)

By: Jane Austen

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Book 1

By: Lew Wallace

Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Book 1 gives a sideline view of events taking pace around the days of Christ. Book 1 gives the account of Christ's birth. (Summary by MHAIJH85)...

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David Elginbrod

By: George MacDonald

David Elginbrod was George Macdonald's first real success, a novel of Scottish country life. Published in 1862, it was dedicated to the memory of Lady Noel Byron.(Summary from wikipedia)...

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History of the Plague in London

By: Daniel Defoe

The History of the Plague in London is a novel by Daniel Defoe. It is a fictionalized account of one man's experiences of the year 1665, in which the Great Plague struck the city of London. The book is a roughly chronological account, purporting to have been written several years after the event. It was in fact written in the years just prior to the book's first publication in March of 1722 – Defoe was only five years old in 1665, and the book itself was published under the initials H. F. The novel was probably based on the journals of Defoe's uncle, Henry Foe. In the book, Defoe goes to great pains to achieve an effect of verisimilitude, identifying specific houses in which events took place, providing tables of casualty figures and discussing the credibility of various accounts received by the narrator. (Summary from wikipedia)...

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

By: Howard Pyle

Swashbuckling tales of legendary pirates, buccaneers, and marooners, terrors of the Spanish Main.(Summary by Epistomolus)

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Quo Vadis

By: Henryk Sienkiewicz

Sienkiewicz’s epic novel of ancient Rome finds the Empire at the height of her power and splendor, but struggling with the madness and cruelty of the Emperor Nero. A new religion is sweeping across the world, causing many Romans to wonder and leading many others to sacrifice everything for it. Yet, even as a great city burns and darkness threatens to overwhelm the age, hope is found in the love of the Roman tribune Marcus Vinicius for the beautiful Christian maiden Lygia, and in his journey toward his life’s true purpose (Introduction by D. Leeson)....

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Gerona

By: Benito Pérez Galdós

Gerona es la séptima novela de la primera serie de los Episodios Nacionales de Benito Pérez Galdós. Continúa con el relato novelado de la Guerra de Independencia entre España y Francia. En esta ocasión, se narra el asedio de las tropas francesas a la ciudad de Gerona a lo largo de la segunda mitad del año 1809. El protagonismo no recae sobre Gabriel de Araceli (protagonista del resto de novelas de la primera serie), sino que es Andrés Marijuán, un personaje secundario de anteriores entregas, quien relata a Gabriel, a través de unas memorias escritas durante el sitio, en primera persona, sus vivencias durante el sitio de Gerona. Sólo un año después de la victoria de 1808, el contraataque implacable de los napoleónicos ha provocado el desastre en un ejército español mal pertrechado y peor organizado. Una a una, diferentes plazas han ido cayendo: Zaragoza, Ocaña, Talavera de la Reina... La resistencia española, replegada en Andalucía, se desangra por la falta de medios y las luchas intestinas entre la Junta Central y las resucitadas Cortes de Castilla. En ese ambiente de desesperanza, Gabriel, incorporado al ejército del Centro, llega ...

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Windsor Castle, Book 1

By: William Harrison Ainsworth

Book 1 - Ann Boleyn. The focus of the novels is on the events surrounding Henry VIII's replacing Catherine of Aragon with Anne Boleyn as his wife. During Henry's pursuit of Boleyn, the novel describes other couples, including the Earl of Surrey and Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a match Henry does not support. However, some of the individuals oppose Henry and his desires for Boleyn, including Thomas Wyat who wants her for himself and Cardinal Wolsey, who uses his own daughter, Mabel Lyndwood, to lure Henry away from Boleyn. [...] Intertwined with the Court is the story of Herne the Hunter, a spirit of Windsor Forest. He is an evil force that seeks to take the souls of various individuals, and Henry tries to stop him, but is never able to do so. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)...

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Spirit of the Border, The

By: Zane Grey

This is an early novel by the phenomenally successful author of frontier, western and sports stories. It deals with historical characters and incidents in the Ohio Valley in the late 18th century, especially with the foundation of Gnaddenhutten, a missionary village intended to bring Christianity to the Indians of Ohio, despite the violent opposition of both Indians and white renegades. This turbulent adventure romance features the heroics of a semi-legendary frontiersman, Lewis Wetzel, who attempts to protect the settlers from hostile Native Americans and the vicious white outlaws the Girty brothers. (Introduction by Leonard Wilson)...

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Batalla de los Arapiles, La

By: Benito Pérez Galdós

La batalla de los Arapiles -continuación de Juan Martín El Empecinado- es la décima y última novela de la primera serie de los Episodios Nacionales de Benito Pérez Galdós. Culmina la narración de las aventuras del gaditano Gabriel Araceli durante la Guerra de Independencia entre España y Francia. En esta ocasión, Gabriel participa en la decisiva batalla de los Arapiles, que marcó el fin de la dominación francesa. El ejército aliado, formado por españoles, portugueses y británicos al mando de Lord Wellington, se encuentra en las proximidades de Salamanca, que todavía está en poder de los franceses. Una noble intelectual inglesa, miss Fly, se pasea libremente entre las tropas respetada por sus compatriotas y ante el estupor de los españoles, poco acostumbrados a que las mujeres dispongan de este tipo de libertades. Miss Fly es una romántica enferma de literatura, y enseguida cree ver en Gabriel la reencarnación de los viejos ideales medievales del honor, la virtud y el sacrificio, de modo que se encapricha de él. Gabriel se entera de que Inés y Santorcaz están viviendo en Salamanca, de modo que se presenta voluntario para una suicida ...

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Leeuw van Vlaenderen of de Slag der Gulden Sporen, De

By: Hendrik Conscience

Een historische roman die zich afspeelt in Vlaanderen rond de Guldensporenslag in 1302. Vlaanderen is in de handen van de Fransen gevallen, en de Vlaamse vorst en zijn oudste zoon (Robrecht van Bethune, oftewel de Leeuw van Vlaenderen) zijn in gevangenschap in Frankrijk. Uit het volk staan echter twee nieuwe leiders op, om het land te helpen bevrijden van het Franse juk. De strijd mondt uit in de Guldensporenslag, 11 juli 1302, waarin een Vlaams leger van voetknechten tegenover een Frans ridderleger komt te staan. Door het verhaal heen loopt de romance van Machteld, de dochter van Robrecht van Bethune, en ridder Adolf van Nieuwland. Conscience wilde zijn Vlaamse landgenoten bewust maken van hun nationale identiteit en eigenwaarde (vlak na de 19e eeuwse onafhankelijkheidstrijd van Belgie). Met het grote success van De Leeuw van Vlaenderen werd Conscience bekend als “de man die zijn volk leerde lezen.” (Samenvatting door Anna Simon) A historic novel about the “Battle of the Golden Spurs”, in 1302 in Flanders, and the events leading up to it. The story is laced with a romance between Machteld, daugher of Robrecht van Bethune (also know...

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Hypatia

By: Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley (June 12 1819 - January 23 1875) was an English divine, university professor, historian, and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and north-east Hampshire. As a novelist, his chief power lay in his descriptive faculties, which are evident in this novel as he pictures the Egyptian desert and the ancient city Alexandria. Hypatia, 1st published in 1853, is set in 5th Century A.D. Egypt. It centers upon a young orphan monk from a desert monastery who feels called to continue his religious life in the city. He discovers a sister, who is a prostitute living with a band of Goths. Other characters include Hypatia, a lady philosopher based on a historical personage; Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria; Felix, the Roman prefect; a Jewish man who has lost his faith; and an elderly Jewish woman who is like a sorceress. St. Augustine of Hippo makes a brief appearance. (Summary from Wikipedia with additions by Karen Merline)...

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Dulcibel

By: Henry Peterson

Dulcibel is a young, pretty and kind-hearted fictional character charged with Witchcraft during the infamous Salem Witch trials. During this time there is a group of afflicted girls who accuse Dulcibel and many others of Witchcraft, and during their trials show undoubtable proof that these people really are Witches. Will Master Raymond, Dulcibel's lover, be able to to secure Dulcibel's release from jail? Or will Dulcibel's fate be the gallows like so many other accused Witches of her time? (Summary by Elaine Webb)...

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Moon and Sixpence, The

By: W. Somerset Maugham

This Maugham novel is based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told by the narrator as he gradually comes to know the main character Charles Strickland, a middle aged stock broker. We follow Strickland from the point where he abruptly abandons his wife and children to become an artist, through his life in Paris and Marseille to Tahiti where he eventually dies of leprosy (Summary by Andy Minter)>This Maugham novel is based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told by the narrator as he gradually comes to know the main character Charles Strickland, a middle aged stock broker. We follow Strickland from the point where he abruptly abandons his wife and children to become an artist, through his life in Paris and Marseille to Tahiti, where he eventually dies of leprosy. (Summary by Andy Minter)...

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North and South (version 2)

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

North and South is a social novel that tries to show the industrial North and its conflicts in the mid-19th century as seen by an outsider, a socially sensitive lady from the South. The story: the heroine, Margaret Hale, is the daughter of a Nonconformist minister who moves to the fictional industrial town of Milton after leaving the Church of England. The town is modeled after Manchester, where Gaskell lived as the wife of a Unitarian minister. The change of lifestyle shocks Margaret, who sympathizes deeply with the poverty of the workers and comes into conflict with John Thornton, the owner of a local mill, also a friend of her father. After an encounter with a group of strikers, in which Margaret attempts to protect Thornton from the violence, he proposes to her, telling her that he is in love with her; she rejects his proposal of marriage, mainly because she sees it as if it were out of obligation for what she had done. Later, he sees her with her fugitive brother, whom he mistakes for another suitor, and this creates further unresolved conflict. Margaret, once she believes she has lost his affection, begins to see him in anothe...

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Belton Estate, The

By: Anthony Trollope

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is. As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place. She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Cap...

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