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The Trampling of the Lilies

Rafael Sabatini

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . had been singing these twelve months past:

"Aux armes, citovens! Formez vos bataillons. Allons, marchons! Qu'un sang inpur Abreuve nos sillons!"

Ever swelling as they drew nearer came the sound of that terrible hymn to the ears of the elegant, bejewelled, bepowdered company in the Chateau. The gates were reached and found barred. An angry roar went up to Heaven, followed by a hail of blows upon the stout, ironbound oak, and an imperious call to open.

In the courtyard below the Marquis had posted the handful of servants that remained faithful—for reasons that Heaven alone may discern—to the fortunes of the house. He had armed them with carbines and supplied them with ammunition. He had left them orders to hold off the mob from the outer gates as long as possible; but should these be carried, they were to fall back into the Chateau itself, and make fast the doors. Meanwhile, he was haranguing the gentlemen—s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This Sabatini novel is very much along the same lines as the (today better remembered) Baroness Orczy - a romantic thriller set during the French Revolution. Hugely dated, but a lot of fun.

Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) was one of the grand masters of the swashbuckling adventure tale. He was born in Italy but lived in England from the age of seventeen onwards and wrote all of his many books in English. The Trampling of the Lilies, published in 1906, is one of his early efforts.

Shortly be

This is the fourth time I have read this book. I would start at the beginning tomorrow, but I prefer to delay my delight!! I have never read a book by Rafael Sabatini that I didn't love, but this book and Mistress Wilding are my two favorites. Read slowly and savor the dialogue.

Set in the early years of the French Revolution (from 1789-1793), this novel is a pretty standard Sabatini story.

Honorable but snarky and misunderstood hero. CHECK
A brave and beautiful heroine who spends at least half of the novel convinced he’s a the bad guy. CHECK
Bonus: her father is a monster wh

It is my 4th favourite after Captain Blood, Scaramouche and the Sea Hawk. I enjoyed the novel and the lead character caught up on a personal level as a bourgeoisie unacceptable as a suiter to his employer daughter, who becomes involved in the French Revolution and rises himself in the political clas

Just finished The Trampling of the Lilies. This is another Sabatini look at the French Revolution. His focus in this story is the Frech aristocracy brough on their own downfall with they refusual to recognize the humanity of their fellow poorer coutrymen.

A unique feature of the book is that it has

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