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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Lew Wallace

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is considered “the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century”. It became a best-selling American novel, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) in sales. The book also inspired other novels with biblical settings and was adapted for the stage and motion picture productions. The story…

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Castle Rackrent

Castle Rackrent

Maria Edgeworth

Set in Ireland prior to its achieving legislative independence from Britain in 1782, Castle Rackrent tells the story of three generations of an estate–owning family as seen through the eyes—and as told in the voice—of their longtime servant, Thady Quirk, recorded and commented on by an anonymous Editor.

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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean, and in the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully…

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The Countess of Charny

The Countess of Charny

Alexandre Dumas

This is the fourth volume in the Marie Antoinette romances. The Countess de Charny begins where Storming the Bastille leaves off after the attack on Versailles and the Royal family is “escorted” back to Paris by that same mob and are installed in residence at the Tuileries Palace, while the various factions of the National Assembly sort out the politics…

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The Forty Five Guardsmen

The Forty Five Guardsmen

Alexandre Dumas

In this sequel to Chicot the Jester, Diane de Méridor takes revenge upon the Duc d’Anjou for his foul betrayal of Bussy d’Amboise. Historically it commences with the execution of Salcède and the arrival of the Forty-Five at Paris, and deals with the Guise intrigues, the campaign of Anjou in Flanders and his death; the events in the novel take place…

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The Heart of Mid-Lothian

The Heart of Mid-Lothian

Walter Scott

The Heart of Midlothian is the seventh of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels. The title of the book refers to the Old Tolbooth prison in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the time in the heart of the Scottish county of Midlothian. The historical backdrop was the event known as the Porteous Riots. In 1736, a riot broke out in Edinburgh over the execution…

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Ivanhoe, A Romance

Ivanhoe, A Romance

Walter Scott

With 11 full page colour illustrations. The story of one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility in England was overwhelmingly Norman. It follows the Saxon protagonist, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard the Lionheart. The story is set in 1194…

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Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson

Fully illustrated. Kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, written as a “boys’ novel” and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886. The novel is set around 18th-century Scottish events, notably the “Appin Murder”, which occurred near Ballachulish in 1752…

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The Knight of the Red House

The Knight of the Red House

Alexandre Dumas

Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge, (The Knight of the Red House, or The Knight of Maison-Rouge) is the final volume in the Marie Antoinette romances. The “Chevalier de Maison-Eouge,” though it deals with events subsequent to those covered by the earlier stories of the Marie Antoinette cycle, was written at an earlier date. In it we are introduced to a new…

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The Knights of the Cross

The Knights of the Cross

Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Knights of the Cross or The Teutonic Knights (Polish: Krzyżacy) is a 1900 historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It tells the story of a young nobleman, Zbyszko of Bogdaniec, who together with his uncle Maćko of Bogdaniec returns from the war against the Order (Knights of the Cross) in nearby Lithuania. In a tavern inn Zbyszko…

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