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The Lion of Saint Mark

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Of all the chapters of history, there are few more interesting or wonderful than that which tells the story of the rise and progress of Venice."
And thus begins another swashbuckling adventure by G. A. Henty. The great city-state is in trouble from Genoa and other neighboring cities, and of course it's up to a young English lad to save her! Kidnappings, sea battles, dangerous adventures of all sorts and even a little romance combine to make this one of Henty's most exciting novels. Climb aboard and join us for an adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Signor Polani's, when another gondola came along the canal at the top of its speed, and he recognized at once the badge of the Giustiniani. It stopped suddenly as it came abreast of his own boat, and Matteo, in a state of the highest excitement, jumped from his own boat into that of Francis.

"What is the matter, Matteo? What has happened?"

"I have terrible news, Francisco. My cousins have both disappeared."

"Disappeared!" Francis repeated in astonishment "How have they disappeared?"

"Their father has just been round to see mine. He is half mad with grief and anger. You know they had gone to spend the day at the Persanis?"

"Yes, yes," Francis exclaimed; "but do go on, Matteo. Tell me all about it, quickly."

"Well, it seems that Polani, for some reason or other, thought he would go and fetch them himself, and at five o'clock he arrived there in his gondola, only to find that they had left two hours before. You were r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reader thoughts: This is one of those few school books that I enjoyed just as well the second time. My mom read it to me a long time ago (she read tons of GA Henty books to us, which gave us a better vocabulary), and I recently found the audiobook for download on my library's overdrive.

This GAH is j

Spoilers ahead.

One of the better GA Henty books I've read. I'd gotten about 50 of them from the Kindle store and now I'm going through them slowly. This one is about an English lad (Francis Hammond) in 14th century Venice. He is there with his father who is an English trader.

He plans to follow in h

I really enjoyed this one. This is fabulous historical fiction, friendship, bravery, gondola racing, and adventure all rolled into one book. I would have given it 4.25 stars, but I knocked out down to 4 because I felt like the last chapter was so rushed.

Francis Hammond is an upstanding young Englishman living in 14th century Venice. By dint of curiosity, hard work, self-discipline, courage, ingenuity, and honour, he goes from being a person of no consequence, to being indispensible, honoured, prosperous, and well-married.

I do admire Francis and wan

Francis Hammond is English by birth, but has lived in Venice for several years with his merchant/trader father. Though he isn't socially equal to the city's nobles in the 14th century, however, because many of their houses are or were merchants, and because he is a foreigner, Francis is allowed to a

Fun adventure novel based in Venice in the 14th century. Kinda hardy boys and Horacio Alger go to Venice. Gives the reader a glimpse of the culture of Venice (commerce). The only time religion is specifically mentioned is near the end which is shortchanging that aspect to satisfy British (Protestant

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