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Both Sides the Border A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower   By: (1832-1902)

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In the enthralling historical novel, "Both Sides the Border: A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower," George Alfred Henty takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the tumultuous times of the 14th century. Set against the backdrop of the Scottish-English conflict, Henty skillfully weaves a gripping narrative of courage, honor, and the indomitable human spirit.

The story revolves around the lives of two young knights, Percy Hotspur and Owen Glendower, who find themselves caught up in a lethal struggle for power and control. Henty paints a vivid picture of the political landscape of the time, capturing the essence of the ongoing conflict between England and Scotland, as well as the internal strife within the English nobility.

From the very beginning, the reader is immersed in a world of chivalry, where loyalty to king and country is paramount. Through a series of expertly crafted events, Henty brings together the paths of Hotspur and Glendower, two formidable warriors with contrasting personalities. Hotspur is portrayed as impulsive, yet fiercely loyal to his cause, whereas Glendower is shown as calculating and cunning, always seeking an advantage.

What sets "Both Sides the Border" apart from other historical novels is Henty's meticulous attention to detail. Drawing on extensive research, the author flawlessly recreates the landscapes, castles, and battles of medieval England and Scotland. The descriptions are so vivid that one can almost feel the chill of the Scottish Highlands or the heat of the battlefield.

Furthermore, the characters in this novel are multi-dimensional and engaging, making it easy for readers to emotionally invest in their trials and triumphs. The gradual development of Hotspur and Glendower's friendship, despite their allegiance to rival factions, is particularly compelling. It serves as a reminder that even in the harshest of times, bonds can be formed, transcending the confines of ideology.

Henty's prose is a testament to his mastery of storytelling. The narrative flows effortlessly, with each chapter leaving the reader eager to discover what lies ahead. Moreover, his ability to infuse historical events with thrilling action sequences brings the story to life with a cinematic quality, leaving an indelible mark on the reader's imagination.

While "Both Sides the Border" is undeniably an adventure-packed tale, it is also an exploration of the complexities of loyalty, honor, and the consequences of one's actions. Through the trials and tribulations faced by Hotspur and Glendower, Henty invites readers to reflect on themes that resonate across time and cultures.

In conclusion, George Alfred Henty's "Both Sides the Border: A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower" is a remarkable historical novel that captures the essence of a troubled era. It skillfully combines action, intrigue, and thought-provoking themes to create a truly immersive reading experience. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or an aficionado of medieval history, this book is sure to captivate and entertain.

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A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower



Illustrated by Ralph Peacock

Contents Preface. Chapter 1: A Border Hold. Chapter 2: Across The Border. Chapter 3: At Alnwick. Chapter 4: An Unequal Joust. Chapter 5: A Mission. Chapter 6: At Dunbar. Chapter 7: Back To Hotspur. Chapter 8: Ludlow Castle. Chapter 9: The Welsh Rising. Chapter 10: A Breach Of Duty. Chapter 11: Bad News. Chapter 12: A Dangerous Mission. Chapter 13: Escape. Chapter 14: In Hiding. Chapter 15: Another Mission To Ludlow. Chapter 16: A Letter For The King. Chapter 17: Knighted. Chapter 18: Glendower. Chapter 19: The Battle Of Homildon Hill. Chapter 20: The Percys' Discontent. Chapter 21: Shrewsbury.


The four opening years of the fifteenth century were among the most stirring in the history of England. Owen Glendower carried fire and slaughter among the Welsh marches, captured most of the strong places held by the English, and foiled three invasions, led by the king himself. The northern borders were invaded by Douglas; who, after devastating a large portion of Northumberland, Cumberland, and Durham, was defeated and taken prisoner at the battle of Homildon, by the Earl of Northumberland, and his son Hotspur... Continue reading book >>

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