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The Lion of St. Mark Grace and Truth Books
  • ISBN: 978-1590871232
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 303
  • Publisher: Robinson Books

The Lion Of St. Mark: A Tale of Venice in the 18th Century (G. A. Henty)

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About the war of Venice and Genoa, 14th century. A story of Venice at a period when her strength and splendor were put to the severest tests. The hero displays a strong sense of principled manliness which carries him safely through desperate times full of crime and bloodshed.
Date: 1380

This is a story of Venice at a period when her strength and splendor were put to the severest tests. The merchant states of the Mediterranean vied for supremacy in the expanding trade upon which European rulers were becoming increasingly dependent.

 

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The Lion Of St. Mark

A Tale of Venice in the 18th Century

About the war of Venice and Genoa, 14th century. A story of Venice at a period when her strength and splendor were put to the severest tests. The hero displays a strong sense of principled manliness which carries him safely through desperate times full of crime and bloodshed.
Date: 1380

This is a story of Venice at a period when her strength and splendor were put to the severest tests. The merchant states of the Mediterranean vied for supremacy in the expanding trade upon which European rulers were becoming increasingly dependent.

The hero of this tale is Francis Hammond, son of an English merchant in Venice, who displays a fine sense of manliness and courage which carry him safely through an atmosphere of intrigue, crime, and bloodshed. In his gondola on the canals and lagoons, and in the ships which he rises to command, Hammond succeeds in extricating his friends and himself from imminent dangers, and contributes largely to the victories of the Venetians at Porto d’Anzo and Chioggia. He is honored by the state, and finally wins the hand of the daughter of one of the chief men of Venice. As he does in other volumes, Henty writes “of other empires and aims to point to morals from their history which were relevant to that of Britain” (Berlyne, p. 26).

About the Author

British writer George Alfred Henty, who came to be known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling with his own children. After the evening meal, it was his habit to spend an hour or more telling the children a story that he would resume the next day, and the next, until complete.  Some of his stories took weeks to tell!  A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of all the children present.  He commended Mr. Henty that he had an exceptional gift, and suggested that he write down his stories for the enjoyment of others beyond his home. Henty took the counsel, began to write, and the result was over 144 books!

Besides these came shorter stories for numerous British magazines. He quickly 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 at a pace that the secretary could barely keep up with writing.

Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes, pictured during fascinating periods of history, amid all the true events and personalities of the times.  His heroes are smart, devoted to their country, and often find themselves in situations of great danger.  They participate in the conflict of international wars, cross oceans, conquer tyranny and bring freedom to empires, a experience a wide range of other exciting adventures.  In short, Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting leaders of those times.  Every reader of Henty books will come to a greater understanding of the cultures of many nations in eras across the centuries!

Table of Contents

  1. Venice
  2. A Conspiracy
  3. On the Grand Canal
  4. Carried Off
  5. Finding a Clue
  6. The Hut on San Nicolo
  7. On Board a Trader
  8. An Attack by Pirates
  9. The Capture of the Lido
  10. Recaptured
  11. The Battle of Antium
  12. In Mocenigo’s Power
  13. The Pirates’ Raid
  14. The End of the Persecutor
  15. The Battle of Pola
  16. The Recapture of the Pluto
  17. An Ungrateful Republic
  18. The Release of Pisani
  19. The Siege of Chioggia
  20. The Triumph of Venice
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