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By Pike And Dyke: A Tale Of The Rise Of The Dutch Republic
by G. A. Henty
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In this story Mr. Henty traces the adventures and brave deeds of an English boy in the household of the ablest man of his age --- William the Silent, Edward Martin, the son of an English sea-captain, enters the service of the Prince as a volunteer, and is employed by him in many dangerous and responsible missions, in the discharge of which he passes through the great sieges of the time. He ultimately settles down as Sir Edward Martin.--- 12 illustrations, 4 maps including 1 fold out map
During the 16th century the Dutch people were overpowered by a barbarous Spanish bigot who was tenacious in his objective to force his religion on the people of the Netherlands or, failing this, to annihilate them. William the Silent who was the Dutch Prince of Orange lead the struggle for freedom by commandeering scattered forces consisting of fishermen, sailors, agriculturalists plus women and children who fought as heroically and died as valiantly as men. Young Edward Martin, the son of an English sea-captain, worked in the house of the Prince and entered into military servitude voluntarily. As a soldier he was responsible for the successful completion of many perilous missions. The savage assault of the Spanish continued for many years on a besieged populace until Dutch religious independence was won. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.
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