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Won By the Sword : a tale of the Thirty Years' War

G. A. Henty

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am as warm as a toast now, Paolo. There is a village half a mile ahead. I expect that lies on the road. The sun will be up before we get there, and no doubt we shall be able to get some hot spiced wine and some bread at a wineshop."

This turned out to be the case. They had settled what story to tell; and when the landlord asked what brought them there so early, Paolo said that they had been on the road a couple of hours, as they were going to see an aunt who was ill at Chivasso, and their father wanted them back again that night. The explanation satisfied the host and he asked no further questions, and in ten minutes they were on their way again, greatly warmed and comforted by their meal, and after walking for another hour and a half they arrived at the bridge of Chivasso. There was a strong guard at the bridge head, for at any moment the garrison of Turin, aided by a force from Leganez's army, might endeavour to carry the town by a sudden assault. The lads . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This time France takes over the Protestant cause in Germany even though led by Richiliew who was Catholic.

Leaden-footed historical adventure yarn.

The less than interesting hero is Hector Campbell, the son of a Scottish soldier raised in France, made a captain by Viscount Turenne, a corporal by Duc d'Enghien, and a nobleman by Cardinal Mazarin.

This was the first novel I had eve...more

This is an older book, and the writing is in the style and heavily overlaid with Victorian and English values. Nonetheless, the novel seems to be relatively accurate historically despite an obvious English bias. I found it to be an entertaining read and upon further investigation discovered an en...more

It is October, 1639, during the Thirty Years War, and fifteen year old Hector Campbell is a young Scottish orphan whose mother had died when he was small and whose father was a soldier who had been killed at the siege of LaRochelle fighting for the French. As a result, his father’s regiment, stat...more