The historical novels by G.A. Henty are such marvelous stories that will live on for years. They provide students with a look into history and are such engaging educational tools. Each of these books also provides the student with a look into the vocabulary of different historical periods.
These audio books by Jim Hodges will make a great addition to your studies! Each is a CD shipped directly to you, for enjoyment in the home, or on the go!
The audio books offered in this product line are the following:
Beric the Briton
- Setting: AD 61 England, Rome, and Italy, Gladiators, the Coliseum, Rome burns. The invasion of Britain by the Roman legionaries is the setting for this story.
- Story: Beric, a boy-chief of a British tribe, takes a prominent part in the insurrection against Rome under Queen Boadicea. These efforts are useless against the mighty Roman army. For a short time, Beric and his companions continue the fight but are ultimately defeated and taken as prisoners to Rome. Through the eyes of Beric, the reader learns of life in 61 A.D. Rome, the gladiatorial schools, the great fire and life in Nero court. This classic work will shed light upon an event much neglected in history today.
By Right of Conquest
- Setting: AD 1518-1523 Sailing ships, Conquest of Aztec Empire in Mexico, Central America.
- Story: The conquest of the Aztec Empire by Hernando Cortez and a mere handful of Spaniards is one of the greatest romances of history. A writer of fiction would scarcely have dared to invent so improbable a story, but it is true. Fortunately, Cortez was able to ally himself with many peoples conquered by the Aztecs who were all too happy to assist in their downfall. Roger Hawkshaw, a shipwrecked Englishman, presenting himself as a long-lost Spaniard, assists Cortez in his many adventures.
- The Cat of Bubastes
- Setting: AD 1250 B.C. Egypt.
- Story: This book covers the oldest time period of any of the Henty novels. In it, young readers will learn much about the domestic life, customs, religion, and military system of ancient Egypt. Amuba, a prince of the Rebu nation on the shores of the Caspian Sea, with his charioteer Jethro, is carried into slavery after losing a battle with the Egyptians. They become servants of the house of Ameres, an Egyptian high priest, and are qutie happy there, until the priest son accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. The locals rise up in rage and kill Ameres, and Jethro and Amuba must escape with the high priest son and daughter. After crossing the desert to the Red Sea, they eventually make their way back to freedom.
True to the Old Flag
- Setting: AD 1775-1783 American Revolutionary War, U. S. History.
- Story: The Battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, The Declaration of Independence, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Saratoga, and the final surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown these are the scenes that stir the soul of many an American. But to an Englishman, they do no such thing. This Henty novel retells these stirring tales, but from a different perspective, helping listeners learn how the other side viewed this miraculous triumph of freedom that inspires millions throughout the world still today.
Under Drake's Flag
- Setting: AD 1580 Sailing ships, The Inquisition, Circumnavigation of the Globe.
- Story: With hearty singing of Psalms, Drake and his crew greeted the Pomo Indians who resided in an area known today as San Francisco. Sir Francis Drake is the first English explorer to circumnavigate the globe and thus sail upon the Pacific Ocean. Ned Hearne and three of his friends make up part of Drake crew. The boys will share in Drake adventures on the Spanish Main in the 1580s. The heroic adventures of Francis Drake and life on the Spanish Main (Central America) will come alive through the masterful storytelling of G.A. Henty.
Winning His Spurs
- Setting: AD 1190 King Richard the Lionhearted - Europe and the Middle East 3rd Crusade to the Holy Land.
- Story: Mr. Henty weaves a story of the life and times of King Richard the Lion-hearted that is yet to be equaled. Cuthbert de Lance, the hero of the story, is of Norman blood on his father side and Saxon by his mother. By providing timely aid to the Earl of Evesham, Cuthbert is rewarded by being allowed to go to the Crusade as his page. He gains a reputation for valor and prowess due to gallant deeds and his resourcefulness not only helps King Richard but aids Cuthbert in many a "hairbreadth escape".
With Wolfe in Canada
- Setting: AD 1750 and 60 North America French and Indian War.
- Story: Shortly before the United States Revolutionary war against England, most inhabitants were her loyal subjects. France had control of much of southern Canada and the "western lands" of the current states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Skirmishes abounded for years between English settlers pushing west and French settlers and her Indian accomplices. The Seven Years War in Europe spilled over to the colonies, where General Wolfe finally defeated the French in Quebec. Includes depictions of the battles of Forts Duquesne and Necessity in Pennsylvania, and Forts Ticonderoga and William Henry in New York, and Quebec in Canada.
- The Dragon and the Raven
- Setting: AD 870-901 Viking Invasion of England and France.
- Story: The Saxons and Vikings fought many fierce battles in Britain in the 8th and 9th centuries. During the struggle, 23-year-old Alfred ascended the throne and temporarily beat back the pagan hordes and concluded a peace treaty. Following another war in 878, peace was again achieved; the Danish King Guthrum accepted Christianity and withdrew to East Anglia, and Alfred the Great fortified cities, built a navy, codified laws, and revived learning among the Saxons until his death in A.D. 900. The hero is a Saxon thane named Edmund who joins the forces of King Alfred, fighting the Danes on land and in their own element, the sea, in his ship The Dragon. Carried by storms to the shores of Norway, he defeats Sweyn the Viking in single combat, takes part in the siege of Paris on behalf of the Franks, and tracks down his nemesis in order to rescue the Danish maiden he will later marry.
- Captian Bayley's Heir
- Setting: 1850 America; California
- Story: Frank Norris, accused of theft and unable to prove his innocence, leaves for excitement and adventure in the California Gold Fields of 1850 America. He sails the Atlantic, braves a storm while working as a barge man on the Mississippi, survives an Indian attack while crossing the plains with a caravan, strikes it rich in the California Gold Mines, and is finally able to clear his name and return to England to claim his rightful inheritance. A great adventure story that illuminates the trials and tribulations of many who traveled to California during the great Gold Rush!
- In the Heart of the Rockies
- Setting:1860's Colorado
- Story: Tom Wade leaves England for the American Far West to find his uncle and to improve his family fortunes. Arriving at the small western outpost of Denver to mine for gold, he soon encounters Native American warriors, takes part in big-game hunts, and learns how to survive a frigid mountain winter with nothing but resourcefulness and perseverance. On their quest for a gold mine, he and his little band is spied on by Indians, chased across the Bad Lands, and overwhelmed by a snowstorm in the mountains. Henty descriptions of Colorado are taken from the official report of Major Powell four year assignment from the U. S. Government to survey the Colorado River valley. Tom Wade goes West as a boy...and returns as a young man.
- In the Reign of Terror
- Setting:1789-1799 French Revolution
- Story: The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, ushered in the French Revolution. Within four years, the king was executed and a revolutionary tribunal was established to judge enemies of the people. Led by Robespierre, the Jacobins sought to establish a Republic of Virtue and to achieve it, the property of nobles was seized and enemies tried and sent to the guillotine. Known as the Reign of Terror, everyone associated with the monarchy, expressed royalist views, or opposed the committee, faced potential execution. Harry Sandwith, a companion of a French family, wins their confidence and becomes the protector of the three daughters. After the girls are condemned to death in the coffin-ships, Harry saves the girls and the gets them safely to England.
- St. Bartholomew's Eve
- Setting: AD 1570-72, France, the Roman Catholic / Calvinist Protestant religious wars
- Story: On August 24, 1572, more than 2000 French Huguenots - men, women, and children - were massacred for their faith. In St. Bartholomew Eve, Henty vividly depicts Admiral Coligny unflinching bravery, Queen Elizabeth vacillating foreign policy, Catherine de Medici vindictive scheming, and the Queen of Navarre inner strength as he recounts the adventures of Phillip Fletcher, son of an Englishman and a Frenchwoman, who journeys to France to take part in the Huguenots struggle for freedom. He and his band of soldiers see much combat, and Phillip skill as a swordsman and marksman is required innumerable times before he returns as a hero to England.
- The Young Carthaginian
- Setting: Second Punic War (218-203 B.C.)
- Story: At first the struggle of Carthage against Rome was a struggle for empire, but it became a struggle for existence. Hannibal presses on despite formidable geographical barriers and the corrupt leadership in Carthage which time and again undermined all his efforts. Malchus, Hannibal‚àö¬¢‚Äö√á¬®‚Äö√ë¬¢s cousin, participates in many historic battles and has his own adventures, finally settling in Gaul with his new bride.
- Wulf The Saxon
- Setting: 870-901 Normandy Conquest
- Story: When Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England in 1066, William of Normandy contests his right to be king because of an oath Harold had earlier sworn to support William own acquisition of the throne. Henty treatment of this critical time in history of the English people is even-handed and his portrayal of Harold Godwinson ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ a king much neglected in our day ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ is a sympathetic one. Wulf of Steyning a young Saxon thane in the service of Earl Harold, accompanies him on his fateful trip to Normandy, takes part in the Welsh wars, the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and the Battle of Hastings. Growing to manhood in such tumultuous times, Wulf fidelity and honor earn him the respect of all he serves.
We also offer 101 Henty Titles. A non-audio CD provided again by Jim Hodges
Any word processing software will recognize this file type and you can read these great books on your computer screen or print your own copy!
Pick a different font, make the text larger or smaller, search for vocabulary words, find specific characters - you name it - text files will make it possible for you.
In order for the student to fully understand and benefit from the lessons to be learned in these novels, it is important for him to understand this sometimes challenging vocabulary. We also offer flash cards that go along with each of these audio books that will help you student to improve information retention, to better understand the author's words, and to truly engage in the historical period of each novel.
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