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The Geste of Duke Jocelyn   By: (1878-1952)

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The Geste of Duke Jocelyn by Jeffery Farnol is a historical adventure novel that takes readers on an exciting journey through medieval times. Set in 12th century England, the story revolves around the dashing Duke Jocelyn, a brave nobleman seeking to reclaim his rightful lands and protect his loved ones from treacherous enemies.

Farnol's writing style paints a vivid and detailed picture of the medieval era, transporting readers to a time of knights, castles, and courtly intrigue. The author's attention to detail is remarkable, showcasing his extensive research and knowledge of the period. From the descriptions of the elaborate royal banquets to the thrilling sword fights, every scene is richly crafted and immerses readers in the world of Duke Jocelyn.

One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in its well-developed characters. Duke Jocelyn is a charismatic protagonist, perfectly embodying the chivalrous ideals of a medieval knight. The author skillfully weaves a complex web of relationships among the characters, creating a dynamic and engaging cast. From the loyal squire to the cunning villains, each character possesses their own distinct personalities, which adds depth and authenticity to the narrative.

Another standout aspect of The Geste of Duke Jocelyn is the thoughtfully crafted plot. Farnol deftly combines elements of romance, betrayal, and political intrigue, keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout. The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns, presenting constant challenges for Duke Jocelyn to overcome. The pace of the narrative is well-balanced, providing enough action to keep readers enthralled, while also allowing for moments of introspection and character development.

Despite the book's strengths, there are a few minor drawbacks. The lengthy descriptions, while contributing to the immersive setting, may occasionally slow down the pace of the story. Additionally, some readers may find the language and dialogue to be overly formal and archaic, which could potentially disrupt the flow for those seeking a more contemporary reading experience.

Overall, The Geste of Duke Jocelyn is a captivating historical adventure novel that transports readers to a fascinating era of knights and courtly drama. Farnol's meticulous attention to detail, well-developed characters, and engaging plot make this book an enjoyable read for fans of the genre. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply looking for an exciting tale of heroism and love, this novel is sure to leave you satisfied and eager for more from Jeffery Farnol.

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Jeffery Farnol

with illustrations in color by

Eric Pape

Copyright, 1920,


All rights reserved Published September, 1920

Norwood Press

Set up and electrotyped by J. S. Cushing Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

My GILLIAN, thou child that budding woman art For whom to day and yesterday lie far apart Already thou, my dear, dost longer dresses wear And bobbest in most strange, new fangled ways thy hair; Thou lookest on the world with eyes grown serious And rul'st thy father with a sway imperious Particularly as regards his socks and ties Insistent that each with the other harmonise. Instead of simple fairy tales that pleased of yore Romantic verse thou read'st and novels by the score And very oft I've known thee sigh and call them "stuff" Vowing of love romantic they've not half enough. Wherefore, like fond and doting parent, I Will strive this want romantic to supply. I'll write for thee a book of sighing lover Crammed with ROMANCE from cover unto cover; A book the like of which 't were hard to find Filled with ROMANCE of every sort and kind. I'll write it as the Gestours wrote of old, In prose, blank verse, and rhyme it shall be told. And GILLIAN Some day perhaps, my dear, when you are grown A portly dame with children of your own You'll gather all your troop about your knee And read to them this Geste I made for thee... Continue reading book >>

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