Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about In Freedom's Cause , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 13, K. I've never seen "Braveheart" so I didn't have any preconceived notions about the men themselves or even that period in history.
Henty says in the preface that most literature through the ages about these tw for heroes group -- Despite the many, many battles and lots of very historic description which I usually don't love, I really liked this book. Henty says in the preface that most literature through the ages about these two men and the Scottish fight for their freedom have been written by Englishmen who didn't have great respect for either--so here he's taken older, Scottish accounts and woven a tale of heroism and patriotism that was very inspiring. I loved that it was a tale about men and women fighting against unlawful, oppressive tyranny.
The English were brutal in battle and to their Scottish prisoners. The Scotch showed a lot of mercy and justice in both. Wallace and Bruce were real men with hot tempers and other character flaws but they were MEN! Henty also portrayed strong, courageous women. Fun read. View all 3 comments.
In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce
Dec 29, John rated it liked it Shelves: kindle , This is a very enjoyable read, yet the further I read, the more troubling the book became to me. I've seen Braveheart, of course, as most people have, so I had a little bit of background to the book, and thought I'd known some details. It turns out that Braveheart was rather fast and loose with its history and storytelling, though, on the whole it wasn't terrible. The story follows the story of the fictional "Archie Forbes" who, at an early age, attaches himself to the cause of William Wallace, This is a very enjoyable read, yet the further I read, the more troubling the book became to me.
The story follows the story of the fictional "Archie Forbes" who, at an early age, attaches himself to the cause of William Wallace, and later Robert the Bruce. The exploits of Forbes are thrilling and not unlike modern cinematic storytelling. Forbes is heroic in every way--chivalrous, brave, skilled, humble, etc. The story is a bit fantastical at times--Henty tries to draw too much out of Forbes, making him a bit too legendary--like a Scottish Robin Hood. But, it is all in fun, I guess. What I found most troubling about the book was Henty's unquestioning admiration to the cause of Scottish "freedom.
Was English rule really so oppressive? Or was it just a kind of nationalistic pride that kept Scotland from submitting to foreign rule? There's nothing there--except what you might expect in brutal retaliation from King Edward against the rebellion. At least in Braveheart "prima nocta" was given as an example of English tyranny. But the only thing Henty gives us is heavy taxes on the Scots. The so-called "freedom" so heralded in the book really came down to independence from English rule. But the price for this freedom was steep, indeed, as the warriors were men of blood.
The Scots waged a war of attrition against the English--using raids, plundering, sieging castles, and campaigns of terror to bring about their "freedom. The two sides fought, at least from the perspective of the book, for very little reason--or at least one really bad one. Without knowing any more of the history, as the book doesn't supply it, it seems as though both sides were really just lusting for blood and glory by the sword.
Now, this is very unfair to the Scots of the time, as it is reasonable to expect that they had better justification for war than Henty provides in the book, but I'm critiquing the book, not the Scots. Henty falls short in providing justification for the decades of war against the English. Still, it is a very fun, quick read. Just don't buy into the "freedom's cause" bit uncritically. Jul 19, Abigail Rasmussen rated it really liked it Shelves: ageand-up.
I read this book when I was 15 years old. Henty books are rather on the "boyish book" side but many girls I know including myself enjoy them as well. You can find many G. A friend of ours, Jim Hodges, has recorded many G. Henty books and we own them all and my brothers have listened to everyone of them. This was historical fiction that was pretty light on the history.
The title is extremely misleading; the author leads you to believe that this is a tale about William Wallace and Robert Bruce's attempts to free Scotland from the rule of the oppressive English. It's not. It's actually a story about the many wonderful deeds of the most obnoxious and uninteresting fictional protagonist ever written, Archie Forbes.
Every character of note at point owed their life to Forbes. At sixteen he This was historical fiction that was pretty light on the history. At sixteen he joined William Wallace, and Wallace found him to be one of the best fighters he had ever met! Forbes single-handedly captured Robert Bruce and instilled in him a desire to lead Scotland as its king! Forbes saved Wallace's and Bruce's lives multiple times! His hair shines like gold and his breath perpetually smells of roses! At one point, I thought a monk was going to try to nominate Sir Forbes for sainthood.
If I hadn't had to read this for a school project, I would have given up on it fifty pages in, believe me. It was that bad.
I could have dealt with all that if I had actually felt this book had any educational value. In short, I learned very little about Scotland's struggles for independence. Lords and knights were introduced with little explanation as to who they were, and were gone in an instant. Many, many, many castles were sacked, and perhaps it's because I have little knowledge of cities in Scotland especially as they were in the 13th century , but I had no picture of the landscape or setting in this story at all.
The characters were two dimensional and the writing was awful. In fact, I'm not sure I learnt anything at all, except that yes, some books are worth abandoning. Oh, would that I could have! I'm sure that there are many interesting historical novels about William Wallace and Robert Bruce out there, but this is not one of them. I actually quite enjoyed this book. I was torn between 3 vs 4 stars which came from the fact that I felt like Henty couldn't decide whether to write a Historical Fiction book, or an actual History book.
He kept switching between the two styles. What caused Robert the I actually quite enjoyed this book. What caused Robert the Bruce to decide within himself to pick up where Wallace left off, and to take up the cause of Scotland's freedom, and to be her King, is the result of a conversation between Bruce and a fictional character named Archie Forbes, who is usually the main character of the book.
I'd be interested to know if it is known what cause The Bruce to turn against the English and pursue his rightful place as King of Scotland.
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From Bruce sprang the Stewart line, which became the Stuart line - the Royal House of Queen Victoria, who is the ancestor of most of the Royal houses of Europe, including, obviously, the UK - very fascinating stuff! The only reason it took my as long as it did to complete it is because I was trying to read "Paris" at the same time, which is a much longer book.
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Mar 24, Jonathan Taylor rated it liked it. Although the title suggests the book is focussed on the exploits of Wallace and Bruce, it's primarily a tale of the ficticious character Archibald Forbes, a Scots patriot who fights along side Wallace and Bruce during the key moments in their history. Although plausible, 'Archie' tends to overshadow the exploits of Wallace and Bruce by the influence he has on their decision making. It becomes a little far fetched at times, suggesting Archie almost steers the course of history through his meeting Although the title suggests the book is focussed on the exploits of Wallace and Bruce, it's primarily a tale of the ficticious character Archibald Forbes, a Scots patriot who fights along side Wallace and Bruce during the key moments in their history.
It becomes a little far fetched at times, suggesting Archie almost steers the course of history through his meetings with the pair. The fusion between fact and fiction is quite well done, although i found the Scots being referred to as 'Scotch' a bit irritating. All the key battles and major historical figures are covered, especially so in the case of Robert the Bruce.
The story does tend to get moved along by jumping into factual mode, in order to set the scence for the interweaving tale of Archie and his adventures, but overall the it flows well. Those looking for an in depth analysis on the lives of Wallace and Bruce will find this a bit lacking however, as we don't learn too much about them other than the battles they fought.
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Mar 17, momma. But better! I have always been drawn to historical fiction, of which G. Henty is superb at crafting. This story of the Scottish people's fight against tyranny is captivating. How could you not love William Wallace?
He's strong, honorable, valiant, humble, and ignites passion in the hearts of his fellow countrymen to fight for freedom. Not peace, for you cannot have peace without freedom. The main character Ned shares similar traits and the storyline, while predictable, was enjoyable. We listened to this audio drama as a family over the last 2 evenings and we all agreed it was 5 out of 5!
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He was a sickly child who had to spend long periods in bed. During his frequent illnesses he became an avid reader and developed a wide range of interests which he carried into adulthood. He left the university early without completing his degree to volunteer for the Army Hospital Commissariat when the Crimean War began. Henty served in the Crimea in the Purveyor's department, and after the peace filled various posts in the department in England and Ireland, but he found the routine little to his taste, and drifted into journalism for the London Standard.
Next he reported the Franco-German War, starved in Paris through the siege of the Commune, and then turned south to rough it in the Pyrenees during the Carlist insurrection.
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He was in Asiatic Russia at the time of the Khiva expedition, and later saw the desperate hand-to-hand fighting of the Turks in the Servian War. He found his real vocation in middle life. Invited to edit a magazine for boys called the Union Jack, he became the mainstay of the new periodical, to which he contributed several serials in succession. The stories pleased their public, and had ever increasing circulation in book form, until Henty became a name to conjure with in juvenile circles. Altogether he wrote about eighty of these books.
Henty was an enthusiastic yachtsman, having spent at least six months afloat each year, and he died on board his yacht in Weymouth Harbour on the 16th of November Henty is best remembered for his many adventure stories for boys. His books also are notable for their smug promotion of the British Empire. Henty was a strong supporter of the British Empire all his life. In Henty married Elizabeth Finucane. The couple had four children.
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