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St. George for England

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

A tale set in England in the time of Cressy and Pointiers. A child of noble birth whose parents have fallen foul of the current royalty is taken by his dying mother and placed in hiding. He grows up with a bowyer and then apprenticed to an armorer just outside the gates of the City of London, becomes accomplished in arms and joins the campaign in France.
A tale of heroism and 14th century viciousness.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bruce from the first, none could have said that his conduct in befriending a dethroned monarch was aught but noble and generous; but he had all along answered Edward's complaints of the aid afforded by Frenchmen to the Bruce by denials that he himself supported him; and this declaration in his favor now certainly seemed to show that he had at last determined openly to throw off the veil, and that his great army was really collected against England. Robert of Artois craftily seized a moment when the king's indignation against Philip was at the highest. At a great banquet held by King Edward, at which all his warlike nobles were present, Robert entered, preceded by two noble maidens carrying a heron, which, as you know, Walter, is considered the most cowardly of birds. Then in loud tones he called upon the knights present each to swear on the bird to perform some deed of chivalrous daring. First he presented it to King Edward himself, giving him to understand that he regard. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A tale of Crecy and Poitiers

I like most GA Henty books, but this one was long and extra tedious. It has been over a year since I read the first half, so I don't remember much of it, but the second half was full of battles and sieges and covers 30 years. Very little was worth mentioning of Walter during this time , except th...more

Loved and reread this book over and over again as a kid so its a kid's rating.

Good feel for the time period and the struggle to keep nobility alive. I was reminded that it takes all kinds of people to mold a person's character.

I enjoyed the coming-of-age of Walter and the battle scenes during the latter two-thirds of the book.
I was disappointed that Saint George doesn’t make an appearance at all.

Typical Henty, good history but lots of names and places to keep track of. A decent story of a young Englishman who earns his spurs.

Great book! Could have been longer and a bit more detailed at the end. It felt like he rather ended the tale suddenly, but I was satisfied at the end.

cool book.

From what I remember from the book, it was long and hard to understand. Not one of Henty's better works. I still don't understand the title...more

I thought this would be about Saint George, but it wasn't.