Knight of the White Cross softcover
Gervaise Tresham, the hero of this story, joins the Order of the Knights of St. John, and leaving England he proceeds to the stronghold of Rhodes. Subsequently, Gervaise is made a Knight of the White Cross for valor, while soon after he is appointed commander of a war-galley, and in his first voyage destroys a fleet of Moorish corsairs. During one of his cruises the young knight is attacked on shore, captured after a desperate struggle, and sold into slavery in Tripoli. He succeeds in escaping, however, and returns to Rhodes in time to take part in the splendid defense of that fortress. Altogether a fine chivalrous tale of varied interest and full of noble daring.
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As England is engaged in the War of the Roses, Young Gervaise Tresham becomes a Knight of St. John. Although originally this order ministered to pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, it became a great military organization out of necessity, as pilgrims increasingly were attacked, robbed, and enslaved by Moslems. Gervaise becomes a commander of a war galley patrolling the Mediterranean which was infested by Moorish corsiar pirates. Learn how the Knights of St. John became the bulwark of Christendom against the invasion of the Turks.
Adventure stories don't get any better than this! Plus, the reader is drinking in history without even trying! Even though G. A. Henty authored these books in the late 19th century, and the stories are set hundreds of years before that, the tales he tells are timeless. Bravery, chivalry, heroism, leadership, faithfulness, determination and wisdom abound in these reprints. In some of the stories, the advance or defense of Christianity is also an important part of the story. These books were originally written for boys, but anyone young or old who enjoys a good adventure story will want to read these. Available in hardbound, softcover and "featherweight" (mass market) editions.
Please note that we offer Henty books from two different publishers. We are listing them chronologically regardless of publisher. The hardcovers and softcovers differ in price between the publishers, so they are marked as being either Oregon Institute (O) or Library & Educational Services (L).
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