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The Strolling Saint; being the confessions of the

Rafael Sabatini

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . paused to assure my mother of the care that he would have of me, and to receive her final commands concerning me.

Four men, mounted and armed, stood waiting to escort us, and with them were three mules, one for Arcolano, one for myself, and the third already laden with my baggage.

A servant held my stirrup, and I swung myself up into the saddle, with which I was but indifferently acquainted. Then Arcolano mounted too, puffing over the effort, for he was a corpulent, rubicund man with the fattest hands I have ever seen.

I touched my mule with the whip, and the beast began to move. Arcolano ambled beside me; and behind us, abreast, came the men-at-arms. Thus we rode down towards the gateway, and as we went the servants murmured their valedictory words.

"A safe journey, Madonnino!"

"A good return, Madonnino!"

I smiled back at them, and in the eyes of more than one I detected a look of commiseration.

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Community Reviews

I enjoyed the book like I do for almost all of Sabatini's works. This one though is more akin to Captain's Blood than Scarmouche. Like Captain's Blood the book is a bit more grim and not as lighthearted as Sabtini takes on the subject of religonous franticism. I agreed with his points but, as a reli

If you have a soft spot for swashbuckling like me, give The Strolling Saint. After previously reading Sabatini's three most popular novels, Captain Blood, The Seahawk, and Scaramouche, my thirst for more swordplay and daring adventure was limited by the current availability of Sabatini's 28 other n

The Strolling Saint, first published in 1913, is a swashbuckler romance set in 16th century Italy. There is a strong underlying theme of religious hypocrisy, as the main character is forced into a career in the clergy, before having to fight the church to regain his inheritance. All par for the cour