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In Freedom's Cause

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Another stirring tale from the master of historical fiction set in the time of Robert Bruce and William Wallace and their struggle for Scotland's independence.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sir Archie, do you cause the `assembly' to be sounded, and send off your runners in all directions to bid every man who can be collected to gather here this afternoon at three o clock. If foul play has been done we can avenge, although we are too late to save, and, by Heavens, a full and bloody revenge will I take."

It was not until two in the afternoon that Sir John Grahame returned.

"The worst has happened; I can read it in your face," Wallace exclaimed.

"It is but too true," Sir John replied. "For a time we could obtain no information. One of my men rode forward until close to the Barns, and reported that all seemed quiet there. A guard of soldiers were standing round the gates, and he saw one of those invited, who had arrived a minute before him, dismount and enter quietly. Fortunately I was in time to stop many gentlemen who were proceeding to the council, but more had entered before I reached there. From time to time I sent fo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I actually quite enjoyed this book. I was torn between 3 vs 4 stars which came from the fact that I felt like Henty couldn't decide whether to write a Historical Fiction book, or an actual History book. He kept switching between the two styles.

Still, this is WAAAAAAYYYYY better than that histori...more

for heroes group 2011

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Despite the many, many battles and lots of very historic description which I usually don't love, I really liked this book. The fictional main character was a good one, but the REAL characters of William Wallace and Robert Bruce were what really caugh...more

Although the title suggests the book is focussed on the exploits of Wallace and Bruce, it's primarily a tale of the ficticious character Archibald Forbes, a Scots patriot who fights along side Wallace and Bruce during the key moments in their history. Although plausible, 'Archie' tends to oversha...more

Thus far this has been my favorite Henty book. Henty does a marvelous job of integrating history with an entertaining and pleasurable story.

T was assigned to read this for an online English class, so I decided to read it too, knowing nothing about this period of history (no, I have not seen Braveheart). So just some of my thoughts:
-The introduction of fictional protagonist Archie Forbes was a nice way to help the reader connect...more

I read this to my brother and it was always fun. I still haven't looked up all the places on a map, but we recognized the names as where our ancestors come from.

Think Braveheart meets David & Goliath! But better!

I have always been drawn to historical fiction, of which G.A. Henty is superb at crafting. This story of the Scottish people's fight against tyranny is captivating. How could you not love William Wallace? He's strong, honorable, valiant, hum...more

Lizzy and I learned a lot about Wallace, Bruce and Scottish history. We were disappointed when we researched and discovered that our hero, Archie, was a fictional character but his bravery and romantic life kept us entertained.

This is a very enjoyable read, yet the further I read, the more troubling the book became to me. I've seen Braveheart, of course, as most people have, so I had a little bit of background to the book, and thought I'd known some details. It turns out that Braveheart was rather fast and loose with i...more

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