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The French Revolution is well under way when Quentin de Morlaix, already sympathetic to these disenfranchised French aristocrats, finds that he too has his own personal reasons to pray for an end to the Revolution. He sets off for France, and enters a life of confusion, mystery and suspense - and bloody execution.
Paperback, 378 pages
Published 1977 by Ballantine Books (first published 1940)
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This was an amazing book. The Marquise de Carabas is a name I've seen elsewhere like in Gaiman's Neverwhere, but I did not know until I read this book that it meant the Marquise of Nothing. This is an extraordinary tale of the post-revolutionary war years in France as well as in England where royalist emigres from France that were now living in England were trying to get the English government to help them fight the Republican army currently in France and troubling the monarchy. The emigres were ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Master-At-Arms takes place mostly in France during a royalist uprising against the French Revolution. There are the usual battles and duels here, but it's a denser read than some of Sabatini's other books because this one's more historical than adventure.

The history aspects seem very detailed, but I don't know enough about the period to have an opinion on their accuracy. The book is at its best when it focuses in on the personal story of Quentin de Morlaix, a fencing master who tries to claim hi
Feb 17, 2010 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set mostly in Brittany during the war following the French Revolution. Carabas means nowhere. The Marquis is inserted into actual events that occurred and Sabatini's usual assured style keeps the action moving along at a great pace.

Sabatini is my personal favourite historical novelist.
Mar 08, 2013 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Sabatini story. Lots of action and a good romance besides. Plenty of historical details to add realism. Especially good is the twist at the end.
Dec 08, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
A perilous adventure set during the days of the French Revolution. I've always enjoyed stories about fencing-masters, for some reason, and this fellow definitely needs every skill he's got.
Aug 26, 2013 Pandora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I had a hard time with this one. Saabtini covers the French Revolution again as he did in Trampling the Lilies. The problem is this time the story is from the side of the French nobolity and those who supported the idea of restorying the monarchy. The main fighters who are French peasents loyal to the monarchy are brave, noble, and do a great job of holding off the Republicans. Then the French nobility comes in and with their aggrorance destory everything.

The main story though is about a French
A great offering from the author of Captain Blood. Tells the story of a young French sword master who fled the Revolution and his perilous attempts to win his noble inheritance (and thereby, the noble beauty he hopes to marry). A swashbuckler in the old style.

Sabatini always provides a good villain, and never fails to provide the hero with some satisfying revenge.

Ten years ago, I had to special order the book and wait nearly two years.
Sadly, the book can be hard to find outside of a library.

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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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