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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

I will read pretty much anything by Sabatini once. I admire his style and diction,which I find to be an almost perfect blend of artistry and functionality. (Pretty remarkable considering English was his sixth language.)His stories vary widely in quality, however, and this one is one of his poorer sh

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

Another good Sabatini. This one starts four years prior to the French Revolution and moves quickly to the Revolution itself. It follows a young revolutionary named La Boulaye. After almost dying at the hands of aristocrats, he teams with Robbespierre and heads off to Paris. This book is La Boulaye's

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

This is one of Sabatini's weaker novels, and it didn't quite grab my heart and make me forget that quite like some others, such as Gates of Doom and Mistress Wilding, which are also weaker but gained five fully sentimental stars from me. Still an excellent historical fiction read, though.

Nothing can

Shortly after Caron La Boulaye shocks a young aristocratic woman with a profession of love, her father almost succeeds in having Caron killed. Four years later, France is in the middle of the revolution, Caron is a highly-placed politician, and the woman, Suzanne, needs the help of the man she once