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A Knight of the White Cross

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Adventure, pirates, a young orphan finds a place with a legendary order of knights. Fighting on sea and land to defend his people from barbaric slavers.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ey won't reckon on our being with them."

Drawing their swords, the three knights rushed out, followed by the slaves. They had but a hundred yards to run. The pirates, on seeing them, raised a yell and drew their scimitars; but the sight of the knights rushing upon them, when they had expected but a few unarmed rowers, was too much for their courage, and when their assailants were still fifty yards away they turned and fled. The fishing craft had been run ashore but a few yards from their boat.

"Get her afloat, Harcourt, and bring her to the stern of the fisherman. Now, Tresham, follow me."

Sir John Boswell climbed up on to the fishing boat, which was a craft of some fifteen tons burden. She was entirely deserted, but the sail still hung from the yard, and a fire was burning on a stone hearth, raised on some logs of wood in the centre of the deck.

"Look for something to stave in a plank, Tresham."

Gervaise leapt down . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Stumbled across this quite by accident on our bookshelves while looking for something mediaeval flavoured. The cover of the book's spine has long since disappeared, and only the almost monochromatic green back and front remain. There is an inscription inside that reads "Arnold Adams Xmas 1895" refer

I wanted to like this book more but it seemed as though the main character was a bit much too altruistic. Henty goes into a bit too much explanation of his heroics acts as dialogue after the fact. So, it seemed as though you were reading the same thing twice. There were definite moments when I reall

When I was a child, my father (who was an avid collector of old books) used to read me a chapter of Henty every night before bed. This was one of my particular favorites. I enjoyed it so much that when I got one of my first writing assignments in grade school, I gave Gervaise Tresham a 'celebrity gu

Another one of my favorites, I enjoyed reading this book again. The little 'love story' between Gervaise and Claudia. Soooo sweet!! :-D It's probably my favorite love story from all of G.A. Henty's books!

This book is not one of my faviotes. Ok I did not like it. Yet the aurthor did a good job of writing the story. He has exilent chachterzation. You get to know the people in the book and they feel real. I did not like reading it but G.A. Henty did a good job.

This seems like it was written to inspire Victorian boys to deeds of courage, hardihood, and dedication to duty that would match those of their Crusader ancestors, and also to inform them of the social, political, and military situation in the eastern Mediterranean in the late 15th century. No-one w

This is my favorite Henty of all time... just LOVE it!!! Great action, great heroes, great history!

Historical Fiction is Education

While at the time of its writing so much detailed dialogue might have been accepted, in today’s instant everything it does not work well. BUT you get a lot of information about the history of the times. Details about types of ships, Orders of knights, types of warfare

One of my favorite G.A. Henty novels (although they're all entertaining and enlightening), about a young man enrolled in the Knights of St. John and exiled from England because his parents were on the losing side of the War of the Roses.

After a tempestuous career defending the Island of Rhodes from

This was a really good and enjoyable adventure story of knights and chivalry. My only complaint is that the author has no idea about the Muslim religion, let alone the differences between Christianity and Islam.

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