A Jacobite Exile

Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles the Twelfth of Sweden

Author: G. A. Henty
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 115,878 / 318 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.1
LoC Categories: PR, PZ
Downloads: 1,686
Added to site: 2006.05.09
mnybks.net#: 13489
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assassination plot, and were as vehement of their denunciations of its authors as were the Whigs, remained staunch in their fidelity to "the king over the water," maintaining stoutly that his majesty knew nothing whatever of this foul plot, and that his cause was in no way affected by the misconduct of a few men, who happened to be among its adherents.

At Lynnwood things went on as usual. Charlie continued his studies, in a somewhat desultory way, having but small affection for books; kept up his fencing lesson diligently and learned to dance; quarrelled occasionally with his cousin Alured, spent a good deal of his time on horseback, and rode over, not unfrequently, to Rockley, choosing, as far as possible, the days and hours when he knew that Alured and his father were likely to be away. He went over partly for his own pleasure, but more in compliance with his father's wishes.

"My cousin seldom comes over, herself," the latter said. "I know, right well, that it is from no slackness of her own,

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***

It's a pity that Henty wasn't a very good writer, because his choice of subject matter is his strongest suit.

A young English Jacobite is exiled to Sweden in about 1697 or so. He joins up with the ultimate soldier, Charles the 12th of Sweden and later his arch rival Peter the great.

The trouble is Henty's characters are so one dimentional, even for a kids' book. His battle scenes read like a description from a text book. His hero Charlie is basically good at everything, he gets a sabre wound to the shoulder which serves only to introduce him to a doctor character, then the grevious wound is never mentioned again.

I can only recommend this if you are interested to read something about Charles the 12th.


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