Beric the Briton
A Story of the Roman Invasion
This story deals with the invasion of Britain by the Roman legionaries. Beric, who is a boy-chief of a British tribe, takes a prominent part in the insurrection under Boadicea; and after the defeat of that heroic queen (in A. D. 62) he continues the struggle in the fen-country. Ultimately, Beric is defeated and carried captive to Rome, where he is trained in the exercise of arms in a school of gladiators.
The skill he acquires there are so great, Beric succeeds in saving a Christian maid by slaying a lion in the arena! He is rewarded by being made librarian of the palace and personal protector of Nero. Finally he escapes from this irksome service, organizes a band of outlaws in Calabria, defies the power of Rome, and at length returns to Britain, where he becomes a wise ruler of his own people.
Of all the G. A. Henty volumes, many boys we know have said this was the most exciting. Some boys have told us this was simply the most exciting adventure story they have ever read – from any author!
Henty’s Writings on Ancient Times
Among his over 100 books, G. A. Henty only wrote four concerning the “B. C.” (before Christ) era. This volume – Beric the Briton – is one of that elite selection. The others are:
- The Cat of Bubastes
- For the Temple
- The Young Carthaginian
About the Author
George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish! A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!