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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

look, i know you don’t like him, but “thank God my son died” is…a bit harsh, maybe?

I really enjoy Sabatini's novels. This is another revenge tale, with a twist that has since become a little cliche. Nonetheless, it is a good read - very well written. When you get to the final 10 pages and the final bit of conflict has yet to be resolve, you can kind of guess what will happen.


Rafael Sabatini's writing is easy and flowing, the 17 century Old English wording didn’t detract from the story at all, it was easily understandable and immersed you into the story.
The story itself is adventurous and dramatic, and it was perfectly enjoyable, with good action scenes.

The main characte

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 бразильские с

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 book,

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).

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