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The Banished

Wilhelm Hauff

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .suddenly seized by the arm, and turning around, a man, to appearance a peasant, stood before him.

"What is your business with me?" asked Albert, rather angrily, annoyed at being disturbed in his musing.

"My answer will depend upon whether you are the person I am looking for," answered the man. "Tell me, what belongs to Licht and Sturm?"

Albert was astonished at this singular question, and observed him more closely. He was not very tall, but strongly built, broad-chested, and of mean appearance. His face, much tanned by the sun, might have passed as plain and insignificant to a superficial observer, but, upon a narrower inspection, there was a certain expression about the eyes and mouth which, in addition to cunning and acuteness, bespoke daring and audacity. His hair and beard were dark yellow, and smooth; he carried a long dagger or knife in his leathern girdle; in on. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The German poet and novelist Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827) penned the historical novel Lichtenstein after being inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. His novel was very popular in the 19th century.

The setting is southern Germany, and the novel follows the adventures of a fictional impoverished nobl...more

Schöne Romanze über den jungen Ritter Georg von Sturmfeder, der sich Anfang des 16. Jhs. hin und hergerissen sieht zwischen seiner Neigung zum schwäbisch-kaiserlichen Bund und der Seite seiner Geliebten, der des Herzogs Ulrich von Württemberg.

Historisch gesehen nicht allzu zuverlässig. Hauff hat hier seiner schwäbischen Heimat ein Denkmal gesetzt und in den Legenden ihrer turbulenten Geschichte geschwelgt. Auch wenn es als Geschichtroman gedacht war, so liest sich dieser Text eher wie ein Abenteuerroman, was durchaus dem damaligen Ges...more

Ich hab allerdings eine uralte Ausgabe in altdeutscher Schrift. Als Teenie war ich sooo verliebt in dieses Buch. Schöne Romanze :-D