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The Historical Nights' Entertainment   By: (1875-1950)

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"The Historical Nights' Entertainment" by Rafael Sabatini is a captivating collection of historical short stories that transport readers to different time periods and locations across the globe. Sabatini's storytelling is rich in detail and vivid imagery, allowing readers to easily immerse themselves in each tale. From duels in medieval France to encounters with pirates in the Caribbean, each story is filled with adventure and intrigue.

Sabatini's characters are well-developed and complex, with their own motivations and flaws that make them feel human and relatable. The historical accuracy of the stories is impressive, as Sabatini seamlessly weaves in real-life events and figures into his narratives. Overall, "The Historical Nights' Entertainment" is a well-crafted and engaging read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and adventure stories.

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By Rafael Sabatini


In approaching "The Historical Nights' Entertainment" I set myself the task of reconstructing, in the fullest possible detail and with all the colour available from surviving records, a group of more or less famous events. I would select for my purpose those which were in themselves bizarre and resulting from the interplay of human passions, and whilst relating each of these events in the form of a story, I would compel that story scrupulously to follow the actual, recorded facts without owing anything to fiction, and I would draw upon my imagination, if at all, merely as one might employ colour to fill in the outlines which history leaves grey, taking care that my colour should be as true to nature as possible. For dialogue I would depend upon such scraps of actual speech as were chronicled in each case, amplifying it by translating into terms of speech the paraphrases of contemporary chroniclers.

Such was the task I set myself. I am aware that it has been attempted once or twice already, beginning, perhaps, with the "Crimes Celebres" of Alexandre Dumas. I am not aware that the attempt has ever succeeded. This is not to say that I claim success in the essays that follow. How nearly I may have approached success judged by the standard I had set myself how far I may have fallen short, my readers will discern... Continue reading book >>

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