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R. M. Ballantyne (1825-1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer. Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. In 1848 he published his first book, Hudson's Bay: or, Life in the Wilds of North America. For some time he was employed by Messrs Constable, the publishers, but in 1856 he gave up business for the prof ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1892)
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I enjoyed this one exceedingly well. It's so inspiring and thought provoking to read about all the sufferings and sacrifices the Scottish Covenanters had to endure. This book taught me that no matter where or what we are doing we must always be strong in the Lord and ready to face persecution for believing and trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ. It also teaches us that men must always protect their families and even lay down their lives if need be. When Will Wallace fights his fellow trooper (wh ...more
Young Will Wallace (not to be confused with the Scottish hero William Wallace) is first seen as the book opens as a dragoon under the command of Claverhouse. Appalled by the atrocities he has seen, he feels very uncomfortable with their mission to find and persecute the Covenanters. Will, however, considers that this wanton cruelty is done by the wish of evil men, and that surely the commanders would also be horrified. He is soon enlightened. On a mission to locate one of the Covenanting preache ...more
I had a difficult time rating this, as it's set at the time of the Covenanter's in Scotland and there was quite a bit of martyrdom going on at this time (1600's). :( I just set it in the middle as I'm not likely to read this again (maybe once more in my lifetime perhaps) but I did enjoy the historical accounts and the great efforts made by the author to be accurate, so it was not bad - these were *real* events in our Christian history, and so sometimes it's important to remember them. :) It's ju ...more
Petra B
Taking place in the time of the Scottish Martyrs, this book is both thrilling, appalling, and firm in Christian Doctrine. "Hunted and Harried" paints a graphic picture of the torture and faith the Scottish people endured. I love the fact that it had "REAL" men in it.. An excellent example set for young boys. Even as a girl, it was very inspiring. In this book, Ballantyne, not only gives you an account of actual historical events, but also challenges you ask yourself the questions: "Would you sta ...more
Though I have read about this time period before, Hunted and Harried taught me a lot and now I understand the whys and wherefores of that struggle. Despite Will Wallace being the main character, the book frequently shows things from the perspective of other characters (many of whom are historical) and it is those who died for their faith who are the heroes of the tale. The Covenanters' faith in God under overwhelming trials is amazing to read about so I really appreciate this book.
I picked this up expecting a fun Boys' Own style adventure story set around the Covenanters, but found myself gripped, appalled, and horrified by Ballantyne's passionately and unashamedly partisan depiction of the awful persecutions endured by these people. Read the full review at my blog, In Which I Read Vintage Novels
Wesley Glaze
I thought it was kind of hard to follow the story I kind of got lost in some parts because of all the other information he put in. It was a good book for info.
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On a brilliant summer morning in the last quarter of the seventeenth
century a small troop of horsemen crossed the ford of the river Cairn,
in Dumfriesshire, not far from the spot where stands the little church
of Irongray, and, gaining the road on the western bank of the stream,
wended their way towards the moors and uplands which lie in the
neighbourhood of Skeoch Hill.
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R. M. Ballantyne (24 April 1825 – 8 February 1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer.

Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. At the age of 16 he went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company. He returned to Scotland in 1847, and published his first book the following year, Hudson's Bay: or, Life in t
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