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The Sea Beggars

Author : Cecelia Holland
ISBN : 9781504039994
Genre : Fiction
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A sixteenth-century family joins with pirates and William of Orange to fight the Spanish Inquisition in this novel of the Dutch Revolt by “a first-class storyteller” (People). Consistently ranked among the top authors of historical fiction, along with Mary Renault, Mary Stewart, Phillipa Gregory, and Diana Gabaldon, the great Cecelia Holland now transports readers to the sixteenth-century Netherlands in an exciting tale of resistance and rebellion against cruel Spanish oppressors that combines unforgettable fictional characters with real historic personages. No one was safe from religious persecution in the Dutch Low Countries when the “conqueror king,” Phillip II of Spain, dispatched the Catholic Church’s Inquisition to the Netherlands in the late 1500s. The van Cleef family has suffered mightily, with a father executed by a Spanish hangman and a mother driven into madness. Now their children, Jan and Hanneke, must survive on their own by any means necessary as fate carries them down separate but equally dangerous paths. Jan’s destiny is on the high seas—and ultimately in the royal court of England’s Queen Elizabeth—as he and his uncle Pieter boldly retake the old man’s captive ship and join the infamous pirates known as the Sea Beggars in their quest to drive the enemy invaders from Dutch waters. Remaining behind in Antwerp, Hanneke, meanwhile, is forced to endure a series of devastating trials that would crush a young woman of weaker spirit and sensibilities. Strong, courageous, and independent, she embarks on a harrowing journey to Germany in the company of refugee ruler William of Orange ahead of the impending terror of Spain’s sadistic Duke of Alva. But young Hanneke soon realizes there can be no escape or safe haven anywhere as long as her country is in chains, and she vows to dedicate her life to the perilous cause of freedom. A sweeping and epic historical novel rich in color and stunning period detail, Holland’s The Sea Beggars is an enthralling, action-packed adventure that interweaves fact with brilliant invention. It is yet one more fictional excursion into the breathtaking world of the past by an author the New York Times praises as “a literary phenomenon.”
Category: Fiction

The Queen S Exiles

Author : Barbara Kyle
ISBN : 9781617732065
Genre : Fiction
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1572. Europe is in turmoil. A vengeful faction of exiled English Catholics is scattered about the continent, plotting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and install her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne. And in the Netherlands, the streets are red with the blood of those who dare to oppose the brutal Spanish occupation. But amid the unrest, one resourceful young woman has made a lucrative enterprise. . . Scottish-born Fenella Doorn salvages crippled vessels. It is on one of these ships that she meets wealthy Baron Adam Thornleigh. Secretly drawn to him, Fenella can't refuse when Adam enlists her to join him in war-torn Brussels to help find his traitorous wife, Frances--and the children she's taken from him. But Adam and Fenella will put their lives in peril as they attempt to rescue his young ones, defend the crown, and restore the peace that few can remember. With eloquent and enthralling finesse, Barbara Kyle illuminates one of history's grimmest chapters. The Queen's Exiles breathes new life into an extraordinary age where love and freedom could only be won with unmitigated courage. Praise for Blood Between Queens "Fact and fiction are expertly interwoven in this fast-paced saga. . .this story exudes authenticity." --Historical Novels Reviews "Gifts the reader with an intimate look into the minds and hearts of the royal and great of Elizabeth's England. Again, Barbara Kyle reigns!" –New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper "Masterful. . .Gaspworthy treachery and the poignant sweetness of a steadfast love make this a book of quickly and eagerly turned pages." --Sandra Byrd, bestselling author of Roses Have Thorns
Category: Fiction

Early Modern Times

Author : Susan Wise Bauer
ISBN : 9780972860321
Genre : Education
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Presents a history of the ancient world, from 6000 B.C. to 400 A.D.
Category: Education

Pirates And Privateers From The Low Countries C 1500 C 1810

Author : Alex Ritsema
ISBN : 9781409201717
Genre : History
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In novels, cartoons and films, "the" pirate had a wooden leg, a parrot on one of his shoulders, a patch before one of his eyes and buried his treasures on remote shores or islands... This book is not about fictional pirates but about real ones but their stories are equally spectacular. Some of them were not "pirates" but "privateers" equipped with a "letter of marque", an official license to attack enemies in times of war. Among other Dutch, Frisian and Flemish freebooters, this book includes: Grutte Pier, a folk hero defending the Frisian freedom against the Hollanders around 1520; the "Sea-Beggars" and their decisive role in the War of Dutch Independence (1568-1648); the Dunkirk raiders harassing merchant vessels from Amsterdam; adventurers joining the legendary pirates of Barbary or the Caribbean. This book not only deals with the freebooters themselves but also with their victims and foes, as well as corrupt shipowners and corrupt judges of Prize Courts.
Category: History

Henty Sampler 2 Ten Historical Novels

Author : G. A. Henty
ISBN : 9781455393282
Genre : Fiction
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This file includes: By England's Aid or The Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604), By Pike and Dyke: a Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic, By Right of Conquest or With Cortez in Mexico, By Sheer Pluck: a Tale of the Ashanti War, Captain Bayley's Heir: a Tale of the Gold Fields of California, Colonel Thorndyke's Secret, Condemned as a Nihilist: a Story of Escape from Siberia, The Cornet of the Horse: a Tale of Marlborough's Wars, Dash for Khartoum: a Tale of the Nile Expedition, and The Dragon and the Raven or the Days of King Alfred. According to Wikipedia: "George Alfred Henty (8 December 1832 – 16 November 1902), was a prolific English novelist, special correspondent and Imperialist. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His works include Out on the Pampas (1871), The Young Buglers (1880), With Clive in India (1884) and Wulf the Saxon (1895)."
Category: Fiction

G A Henty 70 Historical Novels

Author : G. A. Henty
ISBN : 9781455393152
Genre : Fiction
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This file includes: Among Malay Pirates: a Tales of Adventure and Peril; At Aboukir and Acre: a Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt; At Agincourt; At the Point of the Bayonet: a Tale of the Mahratta War; Beric the Briton: a Story of the Roman Invasion; Bonnie Prince Charlie: a Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden; Both Sides of the Border: a Tale of Hotspur and Glendower; Boy Knight: a Tale of the Crusades; Bravest of the Brave, or With Peterborough in Spain; By Conduct and Courage; By England's Aid or The Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604); By Pike and Dyke: a Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic; By Right of Conquest or With Cortez in Mexico; By Sheer Pluck: a Tale of the Ashanti War; Captain Bayley's Heir: a Tale of the Gold Fields of California; Colonel Thorndyke's Secret; Condemned as a Nihilist: a Story of Escape from Siberia; The Cornet of the Horse: a Tale of Marlborough's Wars; Dash for Khartoum: a Tale of the Nile Expedition; The Dragon and the Raven or the Days of King Alfred; A Final Reckoning: a Tale of Bush Life in Australia; For Name and Fame or Through Afghan Passes; For the Temple: a Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem; Forest and Frontiers or Adventures Among the Indians; Friends Though Divided: a Tale of the Civil War; Girl of the Commune; The Golden Canyon; Held Fast for England: a Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1798-1783); In Freedom's Cause; In the Heart of the Rockies: a Story of Adventure in Colorado; In the Irish Brigade: a Tale of War in Flanders and Spain; In the Reign of Terror: the Adventures of a Westminster Boy; In Times of Peril: a Tale of India; Jack Archer: a Tale of the Crimea; Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service to King Charles XII of Sweden; The Knight of the White Cross; The Lion of St. Mark: a Story of Venice in the Fourteenth; Century; The Lion of the North: a Tale of the Times of Gustavus Adolphus; A March on London: Being a Story of Wat Tyler's Insurrection; No Surrender! a Tale of the Rising in Vendee; On the Irrawaddy: a Story of the First Burmese War; On the Pampas or the Young Settlers; One of the 28th: a Tale of Waterloo; The Orange and the Green: a Tale of Boyne and Limerick; The Queen's Cup; Rujub the Juggler; Saint Batholemew's Eve: a Tale of the Huguenot Wars; Saint George for England; Tales of Daring and Danger; Through the Fray: a Tale of the Luddite Riots; Through Three Campaigns: a Story of Chitral, Tirah and Ashanti; The Tiger of Mysore: a Story of the War with Tippoo Saib; The Treasure of the Incas: a Story of Adventure in Peru; True to the Old Flag: a Tale of the American War of Independence; Under Drake's Flag: a Tale of the Spanish Main; Under Wellington's Command: a Tale of the Peninsular War; When London Burned; Winning His Spurs With Buller in Natal or a Born Leader; With Clive in India or the Beginnings of an Empire; With Frederick the Great: a Story of the Seven Years' War; With Kitchener in the Soudan: a Story of Atbara and Omdurman; With Lee in Virginia: a Story of the American Civil War; and With Moore at Corunna.
Category: Fiction

The Dragon Book Magical Tales From The Masters Of Modern Fantasy

Author : Jack Dann
ISBN : 9781849398763
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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In this unmissable collection, the biggest names in Fantasy reignite the fire of these legendary beasts with stories that will consume your imagination. Magical! THE DRAGON BOOK has stories from Garth Nix, Tad Williams, Jonathan Stroud, Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones, Sean Williams, Greg Maguire and many others.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Books And Bookmen

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105015541001
Genre : Books
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Category: Books