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The Tavern Knight

Rafael Sabatini

Book Overview: 

Follow the exploits of Sir Crispin Galliard, also known as The Tavern Knight, in his defense of the King of England against Cromwell and his Puritan Entourage.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A hard blow to their pride was that, but their revenge was not long in coming.

"It chanced they had a cousin—a maid as sweet and fair and pure as they were hideous and foul. We met in the meads—she and I. Spring was the time—God! It seems but yesterday!—and each in our bearing towards the other forgot the traditions of the names we bore. And as at first we had met by chance, so did we meet later by contrivance, not once or twice, but many times. God, how sweet she was! How sweet was all the world! How sweet it was to live and to be young! We loved. How else could it have been? What to us were traditions, what to us the hatred that for centuries had held our families asunder? In us it lay to set aside all that.

"And so I sought my father. He cursed me at first for an unnatural son who left unheeded the dictates of our blood. But anon, when on my knees I had urged my cause with all the eloquent fervour that is but of youth&mdas. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The best way to describe this story it has similarity to St. Martin's Summer but, is closer in tone to Captain Blood and The Sea-Hawk. I preferred the lightness of St. Martin's Summer. There is also the added factor that as dim as the hero is in St. Martin's Summer he does catch on faster than th...more

I've come to expect better of Sabatini, but this early work of his had it's moments. I was slow getting into it, and also I found the plot fairly predictable, some situations rather convenient. Still… not everything resolved quite as I expected nor took as long to resolve, and it had exciting mom...more

This is classic Sabatini. The English is full of beautifully turned phrases and images. Set in England during the time of Cromwell, the book follows a manly knight named Crispn Galliard on his mission of vengeance against those who stole his life and innocence. The book includes evil plots, lost...more

It was a very different formula from the other Sabatini works that I've been devouring lately. The great moments of revelation seemed somewhat understated in comparison to such works as Scaramouche. However I did find it highly amusing in some places, even hilarious. I sympathized with the main c...more

Really? That was the end? Then what was the whole book's point? On a different note, though, I can see his early development for his later books, and I still appreciate his willingness to write strong women.

While it pains me to give such a low rating to one of my new favorite authors, this book simply wasn't on the same level as the other books of his I have read. I think what bothered me the most about it is that it is very similar, in many ways, to his other works, and while this is not necessaril...more

In many ways a typical Rafael Sabatini novel. The lovable rogue done wrong who prevails. This is not the epic like his "The Sea-Hawk" or "Captain Blood", in fact the action is all on shore for a change. There is much I liked about this novel in the tension of the plot for a man bent on revenge an...more

The Tavern Knight is Crispin Galliard, a soldier with a rough reputation who finally gets a long-awaited shot at vengeance after helping Charles II escape the forces of Oliver Cromwell.

People new to Sabatini should start with Captain Blood or maybe Mistress Wilding. This is one of his earliest bo...more

I enjoyed this a lot. I look forward to reading more of Sabatini's works.

Set during the Civil War, this book would probably have made a good Errol Flynn film, but it is now unfortunately horribly dated because of the writer's attempt to render the narrative in a fake old fashioned style.

The eponymous hero is a Cavalier soldier who has been deprived of his estate. The...more

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