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Both Sides the Border

G. A. Henty

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It was easy for him to send a messenger to me, since Scotland trades with England, and a ship bound for London might well touch at one of our ports on the way down; but the presence of an Englishman, at Dunbar, would not be so readily explained. His messenger especially enjoined on me not to send any communication in writing, even by the most trustworthy hand; since an accident might precipitate matters, and drive him to take up arms, before we were in a position to give him aid. Therefore, in the first place, I wish you to journey to Dunbar, to see the earl, and deliver to him the message I shall give you, and endeavour to inform yourself how far he is to be trusted. Say what he will, I can scarce bring myself to believe that he will really throw off his allegiance to Scotland; save in the event of a great English army marching north, when doubtless he would do what most Scotch nobles have always done, namely, hasten to give in his submission, and make the best terms he can, for himse. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Same great young man in each book or they start sounding all alike but great history

I read an original version of this book that came down to me from my English grandmother. It was nice to read a 120 year old book! The story itself was a well-written adventure story for boys and it was an interesting view on feudal England and its border wars. The book had lots of "knowing is half

This one is a lot of fun and encompasses all of Britain. The hero and his trusty servant rescue his cousins from some war lords, let some Welsh princesses escape an English encirclement and then are not killed by the Welshmen later on because of the token they recieved from the princesses out of gra

1400-1404 Owen Glendower is leading a Welsh uprising and defeating English attempts to subdue him while the English are also dealing with issues with Scotland. This also a period in which Edmund Mortimer is leading an effort to overthrow the king and taking control and enabling an independent Wales.

Although it and all of the others of the Henty novels are satisfactory, I have noticed over this one the amount of "luck that befalls oswald. It often says something about how great oswald was, and although he was pretty cool, it seems unlikly that the king of england and many nobles even cared to t

New author for me. Was recommended to me by a friend as a historical author that he enjoyed.

I had heard of Hotspur and Glendower but knew little about the conflicts in which they were involved. This book does rectify that. However, the deficiencies of Henty's writing style are glaringly evident. Parts of the book were boring, others confusing (especially in the dialogues). Not one of his b