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Lysbeth, a Tale of the Dutch

H. Rider Haggard

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It takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and describes some of the horrors that happened giving you an idea of what it was really like to live during that time period. Follow Lysbeth, a young Hollander girl, as she struggles through life enduring times of hardship and peace, sorrow and happiness, war and love.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She opened it.

"The Heer van Goorl stands below," said the voice of Greta, "wishing to see you, madam."

"Admit him," answered Lysbeth, and going to a chair almost in the centre of the room, she seated herself.

Presently Dirk's step sounded on the stair, that known, beloved step for which so often she had listened eagerly. Again the door opened and Greta announced the Heer van Goorl. That she could not see the Captain Montalvo evidently surprised the woman, for her eyes roamed round the room wonderingly, but she was too well trained, or too well bribed, to show her astonishment. Gentlemen of this kidney, as Greta had from time to time remarked, have a faculty for vanishing upon occasion.

So Dirk walked into the fateful chamber as some innocent and unsuspecting creature walks into a bitter snare, little knowing that the lady whom he loved and whom he came to win was set as a bait to ruin him.

"Be seated, cousin," said. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The story line was decent but it was slow enough I had a hard time bogging through it.

I had a hard time at first getting into this book, but my sister encouraged me to keep on- And I'm so glad I did! It was absolutely wonderful. I expected the story to be extremely dramatic and powerful, and H. Rider Haggard did not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised by his sound biblical comm...more

Despite his morbid fascination with severed fingers (in both "The Pearl Maiden" & "Lysbeth"!), H. Rider Haggard writes splendid historical fiction! I suppose being a guy and writing long and sometimes sentimental novels he has to interject some sort of masculine ick factor, but it wouldn't be...more

Another atypical Haggard, Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch, is set in Sixteenth Century Holland and is the story of a family caught up in a religious war during a Spanish occupation. Lysbeth, in love with Dirk who has not declared himself since she is wealthy and he is not, is coveted by Count Juan d...more

Ожидаемый “пепел Клааса” не застучит в сердце читателя. Хаггард согласился рассказать историю про страдающую под пятой испанцев Голландию, не имевшую сил оказать сопротивление жестокости католической инквизиции, угнетавшей право на свободное вероисповедание. В центр повествования на краткий миг б...more

Historical novel with love story about a Dutch woman who is caught up in the terrors of the Spanish Inquisition during the 1500s.

This book takes place in the Netherlands and is about Lysbeth van Hout and love triangle involving her, her true love and the the story’s arch villian who threatens her...more

This is a great book if you're looking for an adventure filled novel. It takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and describes some of the horrors that happened giving you an idea of what it was really like to live during that time period. Follow Lysbeth, a young Hollander girl, as she struggl...more

This is one of the most incredible historical fiction books I have ever read. I loved it! What more can I say, other than, I would recommend this book to absolutly anyone who loves historical fiction, beautiful romance, and stunning adventure.

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