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In Freedom's Cause

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  889 ratings  ·  50 reviews
G. A. Henty was a 19th century novelist, special correspondent and Imperialist. His best-known works are historical adventures. While most of the 122 books he wrote were for children, he also wrote adult novels, non-fiction such as The March to Magdala (1868) and Those Other Animals (1891), short stories for the likes of The Boy's Own Paper and edited the Union Jack, a wee ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Book Jungle (first published 1884)
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for heroes group 2011


Despite the many, many battles and lots of very historic description which I usually don't love, I really liked this book. The fictional main character was a good one, but the REAL characters of William Wallace and Robert Bruce were what really caught my attention. Wow!

I've never seen "Braveheart" so I didn't have any preconceived notions about the men themselves or even that period in history. Henty says in the preface that most literature through the ages about these tw
This is a very enjoyable read, yet the further I read, the more troubling the book became to me. I've seen Braveheart, of course, as most people have, so I had a little bit of background to the book, and thought I'd known some details. It turns out that Braveheart was rather fast and loose with its history and storytelling, though, on the whole it wasn't terrible.

The story follows the story of the fictional "Archie Forbes" who, at an early age, attaches himself to the cause of William Wallace,
Abigail Rasmussen
I read this book when I was 15 years old. Henty books are rather on the "boyish book" side but many girls I know (including myself) enjoy them as well.

You can find many G. A. Henty books on LibriVox:

A friend of ours, Jim Hodges, has recorded many G. A. Henty books and we own them all and my brothers have listened to everyone of them.
Jun 19, 2014 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Scotland
Recommended to Rob by: Patrick Cahill
I actually quite enjoyed this book. I was torn between 3 vs 4 stars which came from the fact that I felt like Henty couldn't decide whether to write a Historical Fiction book, or an actual History book. He kept switching between the two styles.

Still, this is WAAAAAAYYYYY better than that historical garbage known as "Brave Heart" that Mel Gibson tried to foist off on us. "In Freedom's Cause" far more accurately portrays the history of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. What caused Robert the
Laura Verret
When I meet people who are Henty fans, I usually ask them which is their favorite book. This book, 'In Freedom's Cause', is the one which I have heard the most (A record 4 times!!) So after hearing again a few Sundays ago that this was the 'best' Henty, I decided to read it.

Is it the best Henty? Obviously that question must be decided by the reader, but I would say it loses first place in my mind by a hair. I prefer the Henties which don't have quite as much focus on war (I know, why read Henty
I read this to my brother and it was always fun. I still haven't looked up all the places on a map, but we recognized the names as where our ancestors come from.
Thus far this has been my favorite Henty book. Henty does a marvelous job of integrating history with an entertaining and pleasurable story.
I read this one with my 13-yr-old son in preparation for a trip to Scotland. What a perfect choice! All I knew about William Wallace is from the movie, Braveheart, which got so very many things wrong. William Wallace is an amazing figure and his story fascinating and well worth telling when told accurately as in the hands of Henty. Henty was a best-selling author who wrote primarily for young boys towards the end of the 1800's, so his language usage is vastly different from modern day. If, indee ...more
Kendra Ardnek
G. A. Henty is, in my opinion, one of the best historical fiction authors out there. "In Freedom's Cause" is a prime example, and one of my favorites of his that I have read so far. As soon as I finish reading the book I'm currently reading to the cousins I babysit each week, I plan to read this one.

The main character of this particular story is Archibald Forbes. Like all of Henty's main characters (at least in the books I have read so far), he is skilled with weapons, and interacts with and ga
This was historical fiction that was pretty light on the history. The title is extremely misleading; the author leads you to believe that this is a tale about William Wallace and Robert Bruce's attempts to free Scotland from the rule of the oppressive English. It's not. It's actually a story about the many wonderful deeds of the most obnoxious and uninteresting fictional protagonist ever written, Archie Forbes. Seriously. Every character of note at point owed their life to Forbes. At sixteen he ...more
Jonathan Taylor
Although the title suggests the book is focussed on the exploits of Wallace and Bruce, it's primarily a tale of the ficticious character Archibald Forbes, a Scots patriot who fights along side Wallace and Bruce during the key moments in their history. Although plausible, 'Archie' tends to overshadow the exploits of Wallace and Bruce by the influence he has on their decision making. It becomes a little far fetched at times, suggesting Archie almost steers the course of history through his meeting ...more
Scott Anderson
The book follows Archie Forbes, a fictional character who lives in Scotland at the time of William Wallace. Archie enlists in Wallace' service and participates in his campaigns and adventures until Wallace is captured by the British. Archie continues to fight against England, and joins with Robert Bruce until he is eventually successful in freeing Scotland.

As with most GA Henty novels, the main character is highly successful in all his adventures and gets the girl in the end. While it doesn't d
Clare Farrelly
I though the book was full of interesting information and at times funny. I had expected it to be a bit more story like than it was. I would have liked it more if there was less 'telling' and more action and showing. It seemed a little like Henty was almost writing a history book and not historical fiction. But I did greatly enjoy it.
Bill Peacock
I love all the Henty books, as does my son. This is about the 20th of Henty's great historical fiction books we have read together. Like the rest of them, this one helped us learn about history and the difference between right and wrong, while telling a fun tale about a young man who is mature beyond his years. The new thing for me in this one is the harsh, even barbaric treatment the Scots received at the hands of the English, who used religion as an excuse to persecute a people who worshiped G ...more
Thomas Hearn
I liked this book

I thought the book did a good job of explaining how Scotland finally won back it's kingdom from the English.
Rose Dixon
I read this book because I watched Braveheart and became further interested in Sir William Wallace. I really enjoyed this read because it was pretty much as accurate as you can get about Wallace, considering there isn't much factual information out there about him. I wish the main character was Wallace instead of Archie Forbes so I could follow him on his journey and get more information. Henty used setting to its full potential, but he tends to go on and on for pages describing the places and t ...more
Frankie Boswell
I loved this history and especially Archie Forbes and his loyalty and integrity, the clever things they were able to do.
Although the story line follows a fictitious character, it is historically accurate. I have found it quite interesting and will probably be looking for more books on the subject.
This was originally written in 1885 by a very famous children's novelist of the time period. The kids back then probably loved it. I can picture an old man sitting by a fire telling this yarn to wide-eyed grandchildren. I learned quite a bit about the battle for Scotland's freedom (which took for-ev-er). It just went on way too long for me and I lost interest. (Ha, that's probably what the English said when the Scots kept attacking their border for 26 years.) I was hoping that Ryan might enjoy t ...more
I loved this book and I had forgotten that I read it because it was on audio.
It started off exciting but fizzled out about half-way through.
One of my favorites
Jacob and Dad are listening to this audio.
Just finished reading this allowed to my little brother (having previously read it multiple times to myself).

I enjoyed as much as ever (or more), understood more than ever, and saw more flaws than before. Great historical read though. As always, one must take Henty's opinion as his opinion which is sometimes false, though usually well founded.
I bought this many years ago at a Homeschooling Curriculum fair. I started it then, and finally picked it up again this year and finished it. It is very hard to find any kind of historical book on William Wallace. This is historical fiction, so only parts of it are true. Nevertheless, I enjoyed learning about both Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
G.A.Henty was an outstanding author and I highly recomend his books to everyone but especially boys, men and mothers pf boys. I can guarantee your son will get swept up in the history that Henty so richly writes about. I have been reading and re-reading his books for years.
I read it for school so I basically HAD to read it. But for me it was honestly got boring at some points in the book, maybe it's because I'm a girl or something... but a lot of kids in my class said they didn't enjoy reading it, including the boys. So yeah...
Braveheart! I've just started this one. The history is interesting, but the telling is dated and grates a bit. The story seems to have been written to make history inspiring and palatable in a 'Boys Own' fashion (the Preface is addressed to 'My dear lads').
So far, this is the best Henty book I have read. It is a fascinating & inspiring story of the courage of Scotland's champion, Sir William Wallace, and of her king Robert Bruce. This deserves more than 5 stars, I was absolutely captivated!
a little dry to start, but could get better once it gets into the actual story of William Wallace, just background info now.

A GREAT book with good history on Wallace, Robert Bruce and Archie Forbes.
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George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote ...more
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