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In Freedom's Cause (Dodo Press)

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George Alfred Henty (1832-1902), referred to as G. A. Henty, was a prolific English novelist, special correspondent, and Imperialist born in Trumpington, England. 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 Saxo ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 19th 2007 by Dodo Press (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
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, kindle
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
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-10-and-up
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.
Laura Verret
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Think Braveheart meets David & Goliath! But better!

I have always been drawn to historical fiction, of which G.A. Henty is superb at crafting. This story of the Scottish people's fight against tyranny is captivating. How could you not love William Wallace? He's strong, honorable, valiant, humble, and ignites passion in the hearts of his fellow countrymen to fight for freedom. Not peace, for you cannot have peace without freedom. The main character Ned shares similar traits and the storyline,
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lizzy and I learned a lot about Wallace, Bruce and Scottish history. We were disappointed when we researched and discovered that our hero, Archie, was a fictional character but his bravery and romantic life kept us entertained.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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