True Story Book (Annotated & Illustrated) by Andrew Lang

True Story Book (Annotated & Illustrated)

byAndrew Lang

Kobo ebook | June 30, 2014

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*This Book is annotated (it contains a detailed biography of the author).
*An active Table of Contents has been added by the publisher for a better customer experience.
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There is not a dragon in the collection, nor even a giant; witches, here, play no part, and almost all the characters are grown up. On the other hand, if we have no fairies, we have princes in plenty, and a sweeter young prince than Tearlach (as far as this part of his story goes) the editor flatters himself that you shall nowhere find, not in Grimm, or Dasent, or Perrault. Still, it cannot be denied that true stories are not so good as fairy tales. They do not always end happily, and, what is worse, they do remind a young student of lessons and schoolrooms. A child may fear that he is being taught under a specious pretence of diversion, and that learning is being thrust on him under the disguise of entertainment. Prince Charlie and Cortés may be asked about in examinations, whereas no examiner has hitherto set questions on 'Blue Beard,' or 'Heart of Ice,' or 'The Red Etin of Ireland.' There is, to be honest, no way of getting over this difficulty. But the editor vows that he does not mean to teach anybody, and he has tried to mix the stories[x] up so much that no clear and consecutive view of history can possibly be obtained from them; moreover, when history does come in, it is not the kind of history favoured most by examiners. They seldom set questions on the conquest of Mexico, for example.


A Boy among the Red Indians 1

Casanova's Escape 16

Adventures on the Findhorn 29

The Story of Grace Darling 41

The 'Shannon' and the 'Chesapeake' 48

Captain Snelgrave and the Pirates 52

The Spartan Three Hundred 64

Prince Charlie's Wanderings 68

Two Great Matches 105

The Story of Kaspar Hauser 113

An Artist's Adventure 122

The Tale of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift 132

How Leif the Lucky found Vineland the Good 153

The Escapes of Cervantes 161

The Worthy Enterprise of John Foxe 168

Baron Trenck 176

The Adventure of John Rawlins 186

The Chevalier Johnstone's Escape from Culloden 193

The Adventures of Lord Pitsligo 207

The Escape of Cæsar Borgia from the Castle of Medina del Campo 213

The Kidnapping of the Princes 219

The Conquest of Montezuma's Empire 224

Adventures of Bartholomew Portugues, a Pirate 326

The Return of the French Freebooters 330

Title:True Story Book (Annotated & Illustrated)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 30, 2014Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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