Hubert D'Arcy, the Young Crusader

Hubert D'Arcy, the Young Crusader

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...up, and were now strong, active young men. They liked their life much better as soldiers than labourers, as they enjoyed more liberty, and saw a good deal of the surrounding country when engaged in various military expeditions. Oswald, having served the longest, had become quite a distinguished officer, his natural ability for fighting and bull-dog courage standing him in good stead. It was only owing to his protection and constant care that Father Ignatius escaped many a punishment for slackness in his duties. The poor priest found drill and discipline far more difficult to learn than his Latin breviary. He suffered acutely from ophthalmia, a dire disease attacking the eyes, and arising from exposure to the hot winds and burning sands of the Egyptian deserts. Though the lads were fairly happy, they never ceased to dream of returning some day to Europe, for which frequent projects were suggested and discussed. As yet none had appeared really practicable. At the present moment Henri had come in with the account of a rumour current in the city, that a great crusade had been undertaken by some distinguished European princes, and that the Caliph had promised to send troops to assist in the defence of Jerusalem. "If he would but send our regiment," said one of the young soldiers, "an opportunity would be sure to arise for us to make our escape." "I fear," sighed Hubert, "there is little chance of that. The Caliph would know that Christians could not be trusted to fight against Christians. How about Louis and Clothilde? They could not be left behind, and it would be impossible to rescue them." "If only the European army," remarked Ralph, "could be induced to attack Alexandria, and rescue the...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236559533
  • 9781236559531