The Knights of the Cross

The Knights of the Cross
or, Krzyzacy - a Historical Romance

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The Knights of the Cross by Henryk Sienkiewicz

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1899

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The Knights of the Cross
or, Krzyzacy - a Historical Romance

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Translated by Samuel A. Binion.

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heese to the old heathen devils, or why should I not throw them some turnips; why should I not pour the foam off of the beer? If I do not do it, then my horses will die; or my cows will be sick, or their milk will turn into blood--or there will be some trouble with the harvest.' And many of them do this, and they are suspected. But they are doing it because of their ignorance and their fear of the devils. Those devils were better off in times of yore. They used to have their own groves and they used to take the horses which they rode for their tithe. But to-day, the groves are cut down and they have nothing to eat--in the cities the bells ring, therefore the devils are hiding in the thickest forest, and they howl there from loneliness. If a Litwin[6] goes to the forest, then they pull him by his sheep-skin overcoat and they say: 'Give!' Some of them give, but there are also courageous boys, who will not give and then the devils catch them. One of the boys put some beans in an ox bladder and immediately three

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Top notch book. It has everything a good historical fiction needs. Interesting characters, great conflict, a tragic love story and most important, minute details about the time period.

This is what Seinkiewicz should be known for. Not Quo Vadis. Ask any Pole and they will agree.
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