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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

Even though almost everyone else that read this with me hated it, I absolutely LOVED it. The is tons of action and courage. Gervaise is definitely worthy of all the praise he receives, and of the girl he gets (even if he doesn't act like it). There were some parts that were a little hard to read, ma

This is one of Henty's better works. The only possible fault is that it gets annoying how every time he accomplishes something, the Protagonist tries to act like it is all due to other people. I know this is a common trait of henty lads (which is good in proper measures), but I thought it was a litt

This tale has wonderful, moral, heroic characters. The story is full of action with good triumphing over evil. This book is an appropriate choice for middle school age boys looking for heroes.

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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