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Memoirs of a Cavalier

Daniel Defoe

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. . .I could deserve it. I have never yet seen any service, and must have my induction some time or other. I shall never have a better schoolmaster than yourself, nor a better school than such an army." "Well," says Sir John, "but you may have the same school and the same teaching after this battle is over; for I must tell you beforehand, this will be a bloody touch. Tilly has a great army of old lads that are used to boxing, fellows with iron faces, and 'tis a little too much to engage so hotly the first entrance into the wars. You may see our discipline this winter, and make your campaign with us next summer, when you need not fear but we shall have fighting enough, and you will be better acquainted with things. We do never put our common soldiers upon pitched battles the first campaign, but place our new men in garrisons and try them in parties first." "Sir," said I, with a little more freedom, "I believe I shall not make a trade of the war, and therefore need not serve an apprenticeship. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A hard read how he survived all them battles is a bit hard to believe recommended if you know your English civil war history really well and you know about the thirty years war overall I rate it three stars glad I give it ago
This one not for me but probably worth more stars if you know your hist...more

Unbelievably fantastic

One of the best books I have read, it really enlightened me into the history surrounding the period or era of the English civil war, which was something I never studied in any great detail during my school years. I feel it's an area that education should focus on so much mor...more

The back cover makes it sound like Defoe wanted to write a fake memoir of a military man to show how incapable someone who was in the middle of great events might be at putting them into a coherent picture with some perspective. In practice that means that this novel seems entirely lacking in str...more

A relatively interesting read to someone who is enthused by the period, mainly the Thirty Years War and English Civil War, but leaves a lot to hope for when it comes to being a good novel and having interesting characters. I only read the first part concerning the Thirty Years War because that is...more

A nice edition, sadly out of print. Well constructed, reprinting essentially the text of the first edition with sensible introduction and notes.

As to the novel itself, if you’re coming to it from Moll Flanders or Roxana, prepare to be disappointed. Despite the opening, which promises a counterpoi...more