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The Refugees - A Tale of Two Continents

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published January 1st 1893)
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book presents a fictional account of a chain of events leading to the revocation of the 'Edict of Nantes', thereby withdrawing the royal protection from France's protestant minority. The novel follows a family who are forced to migrate to America and the experiences they face with supposedly savage Iroquois tribes. Here Doyle leans on the French propaganda (Jesuit propaganda, to be precise) of portraying Red Indians as savages and fabricating narratives of them inflicting brutal torture on ...more
Robert Hepple
Published in 1893, The Refugees is a historical novel set mainly in France in 1690 under Louis XIV. The background appears to take in many historic events, including the persecution of the Huguenots, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and palace politics involving King Louis Mistress Madame de Montespan. This does make it an interesting tale, but it does require dates of these actual events to be moved about a bit for the sake of the story. For some bizarre reason, the story shifts from Fran ...more
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Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really good book - In being lost in another world.
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
With a writer like Arthur Canon Doyle and the setting of nineteenth century, it seems like the perfect combination for an engrossing read. Only it isn't. Gave up at 20% into the book.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the fact that part of the book was set in Versailles, in the seventeenth century. Madame de Montespan was portrayed very well, and court politics explored.
Becca Edney
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction, especially if they also enjoy adventure novels
Shelves: adventure
*~*Mild spoilers, but probably only visible in hindsight*~*

I decided to try this book because I like the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I was not disappointed.

The first section of the book is set in Paris and Versailles, in the court of Louis XIV, and the back-and-forth of the factions in play is very well-drawn and genuinely fascinating; I never thought I could get invested in the ins and outs of Versailles politics!

In fact, I was rather sorry when the main characters began their flight to Americ
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I occasionally enjoy reading historical fiction, particularly if I feel that it might teach me something about the period involved. This book lived up to that hope. I had read Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series, and enjoyed those, so I expected that this would be well written as well. The only disappointment is that I was hoping it covered a broader range, giving more information about the Huegenots' struggles. The story only involves one Huegenot, and he leaves as soon as the trouble begins, so the ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Arthur Conan Doyle did a wonderful job of this story of a 17th century Huguenot who was a soldier in King Louis' army until the day the king forced him to make a choice. Knowing that he could never recant his faith and fearing the persecution that lay ahead for followers of Jean Calvin, he leaves the country with his bride-to-be and her father. An American who has been visiting Paris and taken in by the Huguenot family helps them escape France but on the way to their promised land they ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book represents a big change in genre for Doyle. It deals with a French Hugenaut family in the late 17th Century. It involves the court intrigue of Paris, a perilous cross of the Atlantic to Canada, capture by the church authorities in Quebec and a battle and siege with the Iroquois Indians on the Richelieu River. It is a true adventure story.

It was good easy read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good adventure story.
Sarah Sammis
Dec 18, 2007 rated it it was ok
I don't remember the details.
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
First half takes place with Louis in Versailles... The second half on the high seas and then Canada. At the end, Doyle brings us up to date with the history of the story.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
A rousing adventure story beginning in (1680s) Versailles and continuing in the new world.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism re