"It is very seldom that one runs across a historical novel the plot of which is so ably sustained, the characters so strongly drawn, the local color or atmosphere so satisfactory.... 'Count Hannibal' is the strongest and most interesting novel as yet written by this popular author."--Boston Times.
owd. A moment, and the three, followed by half a dozen armed servants, bearing pikes and torches, detached themselves from the throng, and crossing the courtyard, with its rows of lighted windows, passed out by the gate between the Tennis Courts, and so into the Rue des Fosses de St. Germain.
Before them, against a sky in which the last faint glow of evening still contended with the stars, the spire and pointed arches of the church of St. Germain rose darkly graceful. It was something after nine: the heat of the August day brooded over the crowded city, and dulled the faint distant ring of arms and armour that yet would make itself heard above the hush; a hush which was not silence so much as a subdued hum. As Mademoiselle passed the closed house beside the Cloister of St. Germain, where only the day before Admiral Coligny, the leader of the Huguenots, had been wounded, she pressed her escort's hand, and involuntarily drew nearer to him. But he laughed at her.
"It was a private blow," he said, a
I bought Count Hannibal at a school jumble sale when I was about 16 years old; it was old and rather tattered even then. I was studying 15th & 16th century Eurpean History, and this book really brought to life the people and events in France at the time. I loved it and read and re-read it many times throughout my teens and twenties. It has been lovingly packed and unpacked for each house move, but is now very fragile, so I am delighted it is available as an ebook so that I can read it again. I cannot recommend it too highly to anyone interested in historical romance.