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Excuse me, Scopus,” Beric said quietly, “I am perfectly ready to fight with this braggadocio, and challenge him to a contest; a few hard knocks will do neither of us any harm, therefore let us go into the school and have it out, It is much better so than to have perpetual quarrelling.”

–George Alfred Henty, Beric the Briton

Between 1871 and 1902 George Alfred Henty wrote over 70 historical novels. They spanned eras ranging from ancient Egypt to the early 20th Century. Interwoven within each book were themes that unabashedly promoted personal courage, self-reliance, patriotism, and moral conviction. His stories were originally targeted at teenage boys and young men, who were always his main characters. However, in recent years that target audience has reversed, and they are now being embraced by adults who hunger for historical novels that predate today’s politically correct constraints. George Fenn, writing only a few years after Henty died, tells the story of an extraordinary man, living in extraordinary times, writing extraordinary books, that are strikingly relevant 100 years after they were all but forgotten. For more information read George Fenn’s biography, By Courage and Conduct: The Life of George Alfred Henty, published by Fireship Press.

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