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 in sales. The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem, who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and…

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Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion

Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion

G. A. Henty

Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion, by G.A. Henty, tells the story of Beric, the young Briton chieftan. Beric and his fellow tribesmen bristle under Roman rule during the reign of the tyrant emperor Nero. When Boadicea, queen of a powerful tribe of Britons, is disgraced by the Roman authorities, the Britons join together in rebellion, but can the Britons overcome their powerful Roman masters?

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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 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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Father Goriot

Father Goriot

Honore de Balzac

Part of the Scènes de la vie privée section of Honore de Balzac’s series La Comédie humaine. Set in Paris in 1819, it follows the intertwined lives of three characters: the elderly doting Goriot; a mysterious criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin; and a naive law student named Eugène de Rastignac.

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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 in 1584 and 85.

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The Gadfly

The Gadfly

Ethel Voynich

Set in 1840s Italy, which at the time was under the dominance of Austria, The Gadfly centres on the life of the protagonist, Arthur Burton, a member of the Youth movement, and his antagonist Padre Montanelli. Arthur becomes a journalist, expounding radical ideas in brilliant satirical tracts published under the pseudonym “the gadfly”. The local authorities are soon dedicated to capturing him…

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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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