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  • ISBN: 1-59087-143x
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 370
  • Publisher: Robinson Books

The Young Buglers: A Tale of the Peninsular War (1810) (G. A. Henty)

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Two brothers, Tom and Peter Scudamore, leave their school upon their father’s untimely death, and enlist to serve in Portugal under Wellington’s command in a war against Napoleon’s Marshals on the Iberian Peninsula. The story revolves around the family’s loss of its fortune to intrigue, while its setting is an in depth history lesson of Sir Wellesley’s joint fighting force of English, Spaniards, and Portuguese troops, welded together to defeat the French. The exploits of the boys will lure any reader deeper into the story. The boys escape from constant dangers and recognized in the end for their boldness and bravery.

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The Young Buglers

A Tale of the Peninsular War

Two brothers, Tom and Peter Scudamore, leave their school upon their father’s untimely death, and enlist to serve in Portugal under Wellington’s command in a war against Napoleon’s Marshals on the Iberian Peninsula. The story revolves around the family’s loss of its fortune to intrigue, while its setting is an in depth history lesson of Sir Wellesley’s joint fighting force of English, Spaniards, and Portuguese troops, welded together to defeat the French. The exploits of the boys will lure any reader deeper into the story. The boys escape from constant dangers and recognized in the end for their boldness and bravery.

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. A Coaching Adventure
  2. The Young Pickles
  3. Enlisted
  4. A Tough Customer
  5. Overboard
  6. Portugal
  7. The Passage of the Douro-Talavera
  8. A Pause in Operations
  9. With the Guerillas
  10. Madrid
  11. The Fight on the Coa
  12. Busaco and Torres Vedras
  13. Albuera
  14. Invalided Home
  15. Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajos
  16. Salamanca
  17. Caught in a Trap
  18. Just in Time
  19. Vittoria
  20. Toulouse
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