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The Young Castellan A Tale of the English Civil War   By: (1831-1909)

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The Young Castellan A Tale of the English Civil War by George Manville Fenn is a thrilling historical adventure that takes readers on a journey through the turmoil and chaos of the English Civil War. Set in the 17th century, the novel revolves around the life of a young protagonist who finds himself unexpectedly thrust into a position of authority and responsibility.

Fenn showcases his exceptional storytelling skills, creating a vivid and realistic portrayal of the era. The narrative is rich in historical details, successfully capturing the essence of the time period and enabling readers to immerse themselves fully in the world of the protagonist. The author's attention to historical accuracy is commendable, as he effortlessly weaves historical events and figures into the storyline, allowing readers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Civil War's impact on society.

One of the novel's highlights is Fenn's ability to develop multi-dimensional characters that resonate with readers. The young castellan, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story, evolving from an inexperienced and naive boy into a mature and capable leader. His personal growth, combined with his unwavering determination and courage, make him a relatable and inspiring protagonist.

Furthermore, Fenn's writing style is engaging and fast-paced, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. The author expertly balances intense action sequences with moments of reflection and introspection, allowing readers to connect with the characters on a deeper level. The pacing of the novel is well-executed, ensuring that the story never stagnates or loses momentum.

In addition to the captivating plot and well-crafted characters, The Young Castellan also explores deeper themes of loyalty, friendship, and the price of war. Fenn raises thought-provoking questions about the moral dilemmas faced by individuals during times of political upheaval, highlighting the complex nature of war and its consequences.

While the novel excels in many aspects, it does occasionally suffer from predictable plot twists and moments of heavy-handed dialogue. However, these minor flaws do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Overall, The Young Castellan A Tale of the English Civil War is a gripping and historically accurate novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and adventure. George Manville Fenn masterfully brings to life the tumultuous period of the English Civil War, creating an engaging narrative filled with vivid characters and exciting twists. It is a captivating read that effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era, leaving them eagerly anticipating the young castellan's next adventure.

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The Young Castellan, by George Manville Fenn.

A Castellan is a person in charge of a castle, and that is what young Roy Royland has become, while his father, Sir Granby, is away defending his king. For the time is about 1640, and there is a move afoot in the country of England to do away with the monarchy. In the castle most of its old defences have not been used for many years, perhaps centuries, and old Ben Martlet sets about restoring them, cleaning up the armour, teaching young Roy the arts of self defence, by putting him through a course of fencing, by restoring the portcullis and draw bridge, and by training the men from the neighbouring farms to be soldiers.

But eventually, through treachery, the Roundheads, as those who oppose the monarchy, are called, manage to take the castle, and to make Roy and his mother, along with old Ben Martlet and the other defenders, prisoner. This can't do the management of the tenant farms much good.

Eventually Sir Granby, Roy's father, appears on the scene, and the Roundheads are chased away. As we know from our history books, the Monarchy was restored, and peace spreads again through the land of England.


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