The Lion of the North

The Lion of the North
A Tale of the Times of Gustavus Adolphus

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The Lion of the North by G. A. Henty

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1886

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The Lion of the North
A Tale of the Times of Gustavus Adolphus

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"A praiseworthy attempt to interest British youth in the great deeds of the Scotch Brigade in the wars of Gustavus Adolphus. Mackay, Hepburn, and Munro live again in Mr. Henty's pages, as those deserve to live whose disciplined bands formed really the germ of the modern British army."--Athenæum.

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have opportunities of distinguishing himself under the eye of the most chivalrous king in Europe, he will have entered a noble profession, and have a fair chance of bettering his fortune, all of which is a thousand times better than settling down here in this corner of Scotland."

"I must think it over," Graheme said; "it is a serious step to take. I had thought of his going to the court at London after he left the university, and of using our family interest to push his way there."

"What is he to do in London?" Munro said. "The old pedant James, who wouldn't spend a shilling or raise a dozen men to aid the cause of his own daughter, and who thought more of musty dogmatic treatises than of the glory and credit of the country he ruled over, or the sufferings of his co-religionists in Germany, has left no career open to a lad of spirit."

"Well, I will think it over by the morning," Graheme said. "And now tell me a little more about the merits of this quarrel in Germany. If I am going to fig

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lion of north a Pretty one-sided view of the 30 years war, which Henty tries to reduce to Catholics bad, Protestants good. A complex war like the 30 years war needs a better judge than Henty, who just decides that whichever side the Brits are on is right. It at least focuses on Scots rather than English.

Worth reading if just to see the mental gymnastics Henty tries to pull to make the Protestants innocent, like when they cast the Catholic ministers out the window (defenstration) they were only just getting them some fresh air, not trying to murder them.

Most repetition of battle facts and numbers.