Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Lew Wallace

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 recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem…

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The Black Arrow

The Black Arrow

Robert Louis Stevenson

Set in the 15th Century, during the War of the Roses, the book follows seventeen-year-old Richard Shelton as he joins the fellowship of the Black Arrow. Intrigue, danger, romance and all the usual suspects in this classic battle adventure.

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A Bride of the Plains

A Bride of the Plains

Baroness Orczy

A Bride of the Plains is a historical novel. It is dedicated to the memory of Lajos Kossuth, and in the dedication the author cries out to the dead Hungarian patriot and asks him: “What would YOU have said now had vou lived to see your country tied to Austria’s chariot-wheels, the catspaw and tool of the Teutonic race which you abhorred?”

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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 Children of the New Forest

The Children of the New Forest

Captain Marryat

With over 50 illustrations. With their father killed fighting for King Charles and their mansion home burnt down by the Roundheads, the four orphaned Beverley children find refuge with old Jacob Armitage, a forester and loyal servant of their father’s. In his cottage, deep in the New Forest, the children quickly have to learn hunting, housekeeping and the crafts of living off the land. When Jacob dies, the children are left completely…

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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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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather

Death Comes for the Archbishop is a 1927 novel by American author Willa Cather. It concerns the attempts of a Catholic bishop and a priest to establish a diocese in New Mexico Territory. The primary character is a bishop, Jean Marie Latour, who travels with his friend and vicar Joseph Vaillant from Sandusky, Ohio to New Mexico to take charge…

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The Fifth Queen Trilogy

The Fifth Queen Trilogy

Ford Madox Ford

This edition consists of three novels; The Fifth Queen, And How She Came to Court (1906); Privy Seal (1907); and, The Fifth Queen Crowned (1908); all of which present a highly fictionalised account of Katharine Howard’s arrival at the Court of Henry VIII, her eventual marriage to the king, and her death.

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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 set of personages, and see no more of the characters whose fortunes furnish the…

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