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The Tavern Knight

Rafael Sabatini

Book Overview: 

Follow the exploits of Sir Crispin Galliard, also known as The Tavern Knight, in his defense of the King of England against Cromwell and his Puritan Entourage.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A hard blow to their pride was that, but their revenge was not long in coming.

"It chanced they had a cousin—a maid as sweet and fair and pure as they were hideous and foul. We met in the meads—she and I. Spring was the time—God! It seems but yesterday!—and each in our bearing towards the other forgot the traditions of the names we bore. And as at first we had met by chance, so did we meet later by contrivance, not once or twice, but many times. God, how sweet she was! How sweet was all the world! How sweet it was to live and to be young! We loved. How else could it have been? What to us were traditions, what to us the hatred that for centuries had held our families asunder? In us it lay to set aside all that.

"And so I sought my father. He cursed me at first for an unnatural son who left unheeded the dictates of our blood. But anon, when on my knees I had urged my cause with all the eloquent fervour that is but of youth&mdas. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is classic Sabatini. The English is full of beautifully turned phrases and images. Set in England during the time of Cromwell, the book follows a manly knight named Crispn Galliard on his mission of vengeance against those who stole his life and innocence. The book includes evil plots, lost...more

Книга, как сериал.

Как в школьные годы шагнула, когда Дюма читался запоем. Ах, эти приключения, рыцарь, любовь и ожидание, что вот сейчас, сейчас настигнет героя несчастный конец, но ура, этого не происходит и в конце счастливы те, кто этого заслуживает.

Вот такие трогательные книги, как бразильски...more

Sabatini's early story is not as impressive as some of his later work. Nevertheless, this is an entertaining mix of a swashbuckler and a romance spiced with mistaken identities, old family secrets, tragic parent-child relationships etc. - all set in the English Civil Wars. What it lacks is a bit...more

Not my favorite of the Sabatini story, this book has a strong middle but a rather weak opening and end. There's some good fun to be had with fake identities and the like, but the solution to the hero's personal romantic issue is lackluster.

Not the book to start with if it's your first Sabatini bo...more

Not as good as Captain Blood or Scaramouche but an entertaining read

Classic Sabatini, but with less of the sword fighting than I'm used to. The hero gets the girl, against overwhelming odds, after he completely destroys the person who has wronged him (without having to be evil to do it, but still having to somewhat compromise on his morals in the process).

Really? That was the end? Then what was the whole book's point? On a different note, though, I can see his early development for his later books, and I still appreciate his willingness to write strong women.

While it pains me to give such a low rating to one of my new favorite authors, this book simply wasn't on the same level as the other books of his I have read. I think what bothered me the most about it is that it is very similar, in many ways, to his other works, and while this is not necessaril...more

The Tavern Knight is Crispin Galliard, a soldier with a rough reputation who finally gets a long-awaited shot at vengeance after helping Charles II escape the forces of Oliver Cromwell.

People new to Sabatini should start with Captain Blood or maybe Mistress Wilding. This is one of his earliest bo...more

I enjoyed this a lot. I look forward to reading more of Sabatini's works.

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