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The Outlaw of Torn

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Book Overview: 

The Outlaw of Torn is set in 13th century England and concerns the fictitious outlaw Norman of Torn, who purportedly harried the country during the power struggle between King Henry III and Simon de Montfort. Norman is the supposed son of the Frenchman de Vac, once the king's fencing master, who has a grudge against his former employer and raises the boy to be a simple, brutal killing machine with a hatred of all things English. His intentions are partially subverted by a priest who befriends Norman and teaches him his letters and chivalry towards women. (excerpt from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . realized that he was fighting for his life against a superior swordsman.

The loud laughter of Beauchamp and Greystoke soon subsided to grim smiles, and presently they looked on with startled faces in which fear and apprehension were dominant.

The boy was fighting as a cat might play with a mouse. No sign of exertion was apparent, and his haughty confident smile told louder than words that he had in no sense let himself out to his full capacity.

Around and around the room they circled, the boy always advancing, Paul of Merely always retreating. The din of their clashing swords and the heavy breathing of the older man were the only sounds, except as they brushed against a bench or a table.

Paul of Merely was a brave man, but he shuddered at the thought of dying uselessly at the hands of a mere boy. He would not call upon his friends for aid, but presently, to his relief, Beauchamp sprang between them with drawn sword, crying "En. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This story is much more believable and in many ways superior to other (more widely known) novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It resembles Men of Iron by Howard Pyle and Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. A man seeks revenge for a serious slight and kidnaps Prince Richard, second son of King Henry


In a welcome departure from ERB’s formulaic plotting and sequels ad nauseum this novel, his 2nd in fact, is relatively unknown but would make wonderful fodder for a Hollywood swashbuckler. Combining both actual history with fantastic fiction the cr

I don't know why I waited so long to re-read this one; I loved it.

Oh, this is one of my favorite childhood books and it is in tatters.
Who is Norman of Torn and where did he come from? The answers are hard to believe.
I love the action and the underlying secret. Very good read.

Tales of knights in armor, largely sanitized to fit into one’s pulp adventure mindset, have been popular for years. With Edgar Rice Burroughs being a master of the pulp genre, it should be no surprise that The Outlaw of Torn, ERB’s saga of a fierce outlaw during the conflict between Henry III and Si

When I was fifteen, the cover of the current paperback showed a brawny man on a Percheron under a churning sky. He wore a red cape over mail and hid his face under a Norman helmet, and he brandished a sword point forward. Frazetta, I'm sure. Of course I snapped it up. Burroughs delivers action and d

Here's a rarity: a historical Burroughs novel with medieval knights and no science-fiction or fantasy elements. There's no time travel, no genetic memory, no monsters, no portals, no message in a bottle, and no framing device at all!

In another very real sense, “The Outlaw of Torn” is still very mu

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