The Historical Nights' Entertainment, Second Series
The Historical Nights' Entertainment, Second Series, is the second collection of historical stories by Rafael Sabatini, published in 1919. It includes the stories of The Absolution (Affonso Henriques, First King Of Portugal), The False Demetrius (Boris Godunov And The Pretended Son Of Ivan The Terrible), The Hermosa Fembra (An Episode Of The Inquisition In Seville), The Pastry-Cook Of Madrigal (The Story Of The False Sebastian Of Portugal), The End Of The Vert Galant (The Assassination Of Henry IV), The Barren Wooing (The Murder Of Amy Robsart), Sir Judas (The Betrayal Of Sir Walter Ralegh), His Insolence Of Buckingham (George Villiers' Courtship Of Anne Of Austria), The Path Of Exile (The Fall Of Lord Clarendon), The Tragedy Of Herrenhausen (Count Philip Königsmark And The Princess Sophia Dorothea), and The Tyrannicide (Charlotte Corday And Jean Paul Marat). "As in the case of the narratives that made up the first volume, I set out again with the same ambitious aim of adhering scrupulously in every instance to actual, recorded facts; and once again I find it desirable at the outset to reveal how far the achievement may have fallen short of the admitted aim." According to Wikipedia, "Rafael Sabatini (April 29, 1875 - February 13, 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of and adventure. Rafael Sabatini was born in Jesi Italy, to an English mother and Italian father. His parents were singers who became teachers....he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini roughly a quarter of a century of hard work before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. The novel, a historical romantic set during the French Revolution, became an international best-seller. It was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood in 1922. All of his earlier books were rushed into reprints, the most popular of which was The Sea Hawk from 1915. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year, and maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed."
- B&R Samizdat Express, December 2009
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