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A March on London   By: (1832-1902)

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A March on London by George Alfred Henty is a captivating historical fiction novel set in 15th century England during the tumultuous Wars of the Roses. With meticulous attention to detail and rich storytelling, Henty creates a riveting narrative that draws readers into the heart of the conflict.

The story follows the adventures of a young protagonist, Edward Ormskirk, who finds himself caught up in the power struggle between the Houses of York and Lancaster. As the Lancastrians march towards London, Edward becomes entangled in their ranks, disguised as a messenger boy. Throughout his journey, Edward encounters a diverse cast of characters, each with their unique motivations and beliefs, further deepening the complexity of the tale.

Henty's writing style showcases both his extensive knowledge of the historical period and his ability to weave a compelling plot. From vivid battle scenes to political maneuverings, the author seamlessly blends action with historical accuracy, making the story both informative and entertaining. The author's attention to detail shines through in the descriptions of medieval England, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in this fascinating time period.

One of the novel's strengths lies in its portrayal of the Wars of the Roses, capturing the gritty realities of the conflict. Henty explores the complex dynamics of loyalty, honor, and betrayal, presenting a nuanced view of the historical figures involved. This approach adds depth to the story as characters navigate their loyalties and grapple with difficult choices.

The pacing of A March on London is well-executed, ensuring that readers are constantly engaged. The narrative unfolds steadily, building suspense and tension as the Lancastrian army inches closer to the heart of England. Henty's ability to balance action and character development keeps the story moving at a brisk pace, never losing momentum.

Moreover, the novel explores themes of resilience, courage, and determination, as the protagonist faces numerous challenges and obstacles on his path. Edward's growth throughout the story is believable and compelling, further enhancing the emotional investment readers feel in his journey.

Although A March on London is an enthralling read, it does rely heavily on historical context, which might be overwhelming for readers unfamiliar with the era. The intricate web of alliances and feuds might require some background knowledge to fully appreciate the intricacies of the plot.

In conclusion, A March on London by George Alfred Henty is a well-crafted historical fiction novel that transports readers to the dramatic era of the Wars of the Roses. With its captivating storytelling, engaging characters, and meticulous attention to historical detail, Henty delivers a compelling narrative that will leave readers eagerly turning each page. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply love a good adventure, this novel is bound to captivate and entertain.

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The events that took place during the latter half of the fourteenth century and the first half of the fifteenth are known to us far better than those preceding or following them, owing to the fact that three great chroniclers, Froissart, Monstrelet, and Holinshed, have recounted the events with a fulness of detail that leaves nothing to be desired. The uprising of the Commons, as they called themselves that is to say, chiefly the folk who were still kept in a state of serfdom in the reign of Richard II. was in itself justifiable. Although serfdom in England was never carried to the extent that prevailed on the Continent, the serfs suffered from grievous disabilities. A certain portion of their time had to be devoted to the work of their feudal lord. They themselves were forbidden to buy or sell at public markets or fairs. They were bound to the soil, and could not, except under special circumstances, leave it.

Above all, they felt that they were not free men, and were not even deemed worthy to fight in the wars of their country... Continue reading book >>

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