The King's Achievement

The King's Achievement

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The King's Achievement by Robert Hugh Benson

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ng; it was of gold, she said, with figures engraved on it. You know the ring the Prior wears?" he added, looking eagerly at his father.

Sir James nodded.

"I know it," he said. "Well?"

"Well, I asked her again, was I to go there; and then she looked at me up and down; I was in my travelling suit; but she said she saw my cowl and its hanging sleeves, and an antiphoner in my hands; and then her face grew dreadful and afraid again, and she cried out and fell forward; and Dr. Bocking led us out from the chapel."

There was a long silence as Chris ended and leaned back again, taking up a bunch of raisins. Ralph sighed once as if wearied out, and his mother put her hand on his sleeve. Then at last Sir James spoke.

"You have heard the story," he said, and then paused; but there was no answer. At last the chaplain spoke from his place.

"It is all as Chris said," he began, "I was there and heard it. If the woman is not from God, she is one of Satan's own; and it is hard to think that Satan would tell u

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By What Authority is the middle of a trilogy that begins with The King’s Achievement and ends with The Queen’s Tragedy), but it can be read on its own. It is the story of neighbors, two brothers who grew up as Catholics next door to a Puritan boy and his sister during Elizabethan England. The book focuses on the Puritans and their search for truth.

Monsignor Hugh Benson has made a huge contribution to English Literature with his novels, and I think that this is one of his best. In fact, the writing of this book was the final step in Benson's own conversion to Catholicism.

Saint Edmund Campion, the famous English Jesuit martyr, is a central figure in this book -- an inspiration to one of the main characters, as well as to every reader.