St. Bartholomew’s Eve
A Tale of the Hugenot Wars in France (1572)
G. A. Henty on audiobook, read aloud by Jim Hodges
The hero, Philip Fletcher, is a right and true English lad, but he has a French connection on his mother’s side. This kinship stirs him to cross the English Channel in order to take a share in that worthy struggle for freedom known as the Huguenot wars. Siding with the Protestants, he distinguishes himself in various battles, and receives rapid promotion for the zeal and daring with which he carries out several secret missions. It is an enthralling narrative throughout. 12 illustrations, fold out map of France, special foreword detailing history of the Huguenot Cross.
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!
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils. They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading. They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!