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About the Author: G.A. Henty

George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote approximately 144 books in addition to stories for magazines and was known as "The Prince of Story-Tellers" and "The Boy's Own Historian." One of Mr. Henty's secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study dictating stories as fast as the secretary could record them.

Henty's stories revolve around fictional boy heroes during fascinating periods of history. His heroes are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face, at times, of great peril... Henty's heroes fight wars, sail the seas, discover land, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they meet famous personages... In short, Henty's heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting leaders of that time. Understanding the culture of the time period becomes second nature as well as comparing/contrasting the society of various cultures.

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ISBN10: 3842484135 | ISBN13: 9783842484139

Rupert Holliday, under the reign of Queen Anne, is the son of a widowed mother in Derbyshire and protege of his paternal grandfather, an old Cavalier. Rupert is carefully taught the skills necessary to become one of the finest swordsmen in Europe by his grandfather and a French aristocrat that was forced to flee his native land. John Churchill, The Duke of Marlborough, one of the greatest military geniuses of this time, recognizes the skill in this young man. Winston Churchill was justly proud of his ancestor saying, "he never rode off any field except as a victor."

Go through the famous battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, and Malplaquet. The War of Spanish Succession was known as Queen Anne's War in the American colonies and continued for about 12 years being fought in Spain, northern Italy, southern Germany, and the Spanish Netherlands

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