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Saint Bartholomew's Eve

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Set in the days of the religious wars of Europe, St. Bartholomew’s Eve is the tale of the Huguenot’s desperate fight for freedom of worship in France. As the struggle intensifies the plot thickens, culminating in the dreadful Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve. Henty, “The Boy’s Own Storyteller” weaves the life and adventures of Philip Fletcher and his cousin, Francois DeLaville, into the historical background with thrilling battles, sieges and escapes along the way (not to mention a fair damsel in distress!).

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I see. I thought the countess would send so experienced a soldier with them, and I am proud to have such a well-appointed troop behind me. None so well armed and orderly have yet arrived. My own at present are forty strong, and have, like you, made their way across France from Poitou.

"I could not bring my Bretons," he said, turning to Francois. "The Huguenots there are but a handful among the Catholics. Happily on my estates they are good friends together, but I could not call away men from their homes, at a time like this.

"Now, Captain Montpace, I will show you where your men are to bivouac, next to my own. Then, if you will come with me to the seneschal, rations shall be served out to them. Are your horses fit for another journey?"

"They will be by tomorrow morning, Count. They have only come from this side of Briare this morning, but though the journey is not long the road is heavy. They had twenty-four hours' rest before that, which they need. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"That's a sad story; you should read a different one." That was years ago when I picked my first Henty off the shelf. Since then I've read some other Henty's but I've always avoided St. Bartholomew's Eve. But my perspective of a "sad story" has changed since then, partly because of all the other...more

I want you all to know that even though in this book the Huguenots are fighting the Catholics, I got the feeling that many of the "Catholics" were really in search of political power and didn't really care much about religion.

My kids enjoyed this book quite a bit during our study of the Hugenots flight from persecution. Henty does such a great job writing historic fiction for young people while keeping historic facts accurate.

The writing is not the best but the history is clear. I learned about the Huegenot Wars (Catholic vs Protestants in France)

Ellie listened to this audio theater adaptation and loved it!...krb 5/8/19

A little heavier in historical detail than I normally enjoy. Good, but probably my least favorite of the Heirloom Audio productions. My taste leans more to the productions with a little more story and less action.

This book brings the Huguenot Wars to life! They were not deeply explored during my education.

It is advanced reading material, with long and varied sentence structure, and difficult vocabulary.

I learned a lot!

It had been a few years since I had read this book, but even so, as we got closer to the end I found it harder and harder to keep reading, knowing what was going to happen...

That is the honor and admiration this book called from me for certain people. Real people. Jeanne d'Albret... Louis, Prince...more

G.A. Henty will forever be my favorite historical author. While sometimes his books seem long-winded, I learn SO MUCH history from them. More than any other book I've read. If I need to research something, first stop is Henty's books to see if he wrote about it. If so, that's my first stop!

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