Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Cornet of Horse A Tale of Marlborough's Wars   By: (1832-1902)

Book cover

"The Cornet of Horse: A Tale of Marlborough's Wars" by George Alfred Henty is a captivating historical adventure set during the height of the War of Spanish Succession. This enthralling tale follows the journey of Frank Hartland, a young English Cornet, who becomes caught up in the chaos and bravery of war alongside the renowned Duke of Marlborough.

Henty masterfully combines well-researched historical events with fictional characters, resulting in a vivid portrayal of the battles, strategies, and political intrigues of the era. The author pays exceptional attention to detail, making the narrative both educational and engrossing. Readers are swept away to the turbulent battlefields, witnessing the sense of camaraderie and honor that exists among soldiers, as well as the hardships and sacrifices they endure.

Frank Hartland, the protagonist, is a well-crafted and relatable character, acting as the eyes and ears through which readers experience the narrative. As he progresses from a naïve and eager young soldier to a seasoned warrior, the character development remains consistent and believable. Hartland's growth allows readers to witness the complexities of war through the lens of an individual, perfectly capturing the emotional toll it takes on those involved.

What sets this particular Henty novel apart from others is the attention to the larger political landscape of Europe during this period. The author skillfully explores the intricacies of diplomacy and military strategy, shedding light on the power dynamics and alliances at play during the conflict. This serves to enrich the story, providing a broader understanding of the events shaping the characters' lives and decisions.

The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, with intense battle scenes interspersed with moments of respite and character development. Henty's descriptive prose pulls readers into each scene, vividly capturing the chaos and danger of the battlefield while also drawing attention to the human emotions that underpin it.

A recurring theme throughout the book is the importance of honor, loyalty, and personal integrity. Through the actions of various characters, Henty explores the role of these values amidst the chaos of war. Whether it is the Duke of Marlborough's strategic genius or Hartland's unwavering dedication to his comrades, the author reminds us of the enduring strength of such virtues.

"The Cornet of Horse" is not just an engaging adventure; it is also a valuable history lesson, shedding light on a significant period in European history. George Alfred Henty's meticulous research and impeccable storytelling make this book both entertaining and educational. Whether you are a lover of historical fiction or simply looking for an exciting tale set in a richly-detailed historical period, this novel is sure to captivate and enlighten.

First Page:

E text prepared by Martin Robb


A Tale of Marlborough's Wars





Chapter 1: Windthorpe Chace. Chapter 2: Rupert to the Rescue. Chapter 3: A Kiss and its Consequences. Chapter 4: The Sedan Chair. Chapter 5: The Fencing School. Chapter 6: The War Of Succession. Chapter 7: Venloo. Chapter 8: The Old Mill. Chapter 9: The Duel. Chapter 10: The Battle Of The Dykes. Chapter 11: A Death Trap. Chapter 12: The Sad Side Of War. Chapter 13: Blenheim. Chapter 14: The Riot at Dort. Chapter 15: The End of a Feud. Chapter 16: Ramilies. Chapter 17: A Prisoner of War. Chapter 18: The Court of Versailles. Chapter 19: The Evasion. Chapter 20: Loches. Chapter 21: Back in Harness. Chapter 22: Oudenarde. Chapter 23: The Siege of Lille. Chapter 24: Adele. Chapter 25: Flight and Pursuit. Chapter 26: The Siege of Tournai. Chapter 27: Malplaquet, and the End of the War.

Chapter 1: Windthorpe Chace.

"One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four turn to your lady; one, two, three, four now deep reverence. Now you take her hand; no, not her whole hand the tips of her fingers; now you lead her to her seat; now a deep bow, so. That will do... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books