G. A. Henty
Boy's Own Historian.
A.Henty's life (1832-1902) was filled with exciting adventure.
Completing Westminster School, he attended Cambridge University.
Along with a rigorous course of study, Henty participated in boxing,
wrestling, and rowing. The strenuous study and healthy, competitive
participation in sports prepared Henty to be with the British
army in Crimea, as a war correspondent witnessing Garbaldi fight
in Italy, being present in Paris during the Franco-Prussian war,
in Spain with the Carlists, at the opening of the Suez Canal,
touring India with the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and
a trip to the California gold fields. These are only a few of
his exciting adventures.
Henty lived during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and began
his story telling career with his own children. After dinner, he
would spend an hour or two in telling them a story that would continue
the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one
day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting
that he write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did.
Henty wrote approx. 144 books plus stories for magazines and was
dubbed 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 record them.
stories revolve around a fictional boy hero during fascinating periods
of history. His heroes are diligent, courageous, intelligent and
dedicated to their country and cause in the face, at times, of great
peril. His histories, particularly battle accounts, have been recognized
by historian scholars for their accuracy. In fact, the only criticism
Henty faced by the liberals of his day was that his heroes were
"too Christian." There is nothing dry in Mr. Henty's stories
and thus he removes the drudgery and laborious task often associated
with the study of history.
heroes fight wars, sail the seas, discover land, conquer evil empires,
prospect for gold, and a host of other exciting adventures. They
meet famous personages like Josephus, Titus, Hannibal, Robert the
Bruce, Sir William Wallace, Sir Francis Drake, Moses, Robert E.
Lee, Frederick the Great, the Duke of Wellington, Huguenot leader
Coligny, Cortez, King Alfred, and Napoleon just to mention a few.
Henty's heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting the
leaders of that time. Understanding the culture of the time period
becomes second nature as well as comparing/contrasting the society
of various European and pagan cultures.
Publications is delighted to offer again the works of G. A. Henty.
Action-packed exciting adventure awaits adults and a whole new generation.