Item description for The Refugees: A Tale of the Huguenot Persecution by Arthur Conan Doyle...
A brilliant adventure tale of life in the Court of Louis XIV and of Canada under French rule... and Huguenot persecution
The Refugees is set in both 17th Century France and in the wilds of North America. When you are reading the French episodes, you think you are reading Alexander Dumas. When reading the American episodes, you think you are reading James Fenimore Cooper. Yet, all of it was written by one person... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The year is 1690 and the De Catinat family is facing disaster. Because they are Huguenots, French Protestants, Louis XIV has stripped the family of their wealth, titles and soon, in all likelihood, their lives. They are rescued, however, by an American who is visiting Paris. He arranges for them to escape to the New World, but their troubles are just beginning.
Warrants are out for their arrest and they are being hunted by a fanatical Franciscan monk who is hot on their trail. Their only hope is to leave French Canada and try to make it to the Protestant communities in New England. Unfortunately, to get there they have to make it through hundreds of miles of trackless forests, while being chased by the priest, and avoiding a small army of Iroquois for whom war was a business and torture a form of entertainment.
It is an adventure that will keep you guessing right up to the last page.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Dec 4, 2007
Publisher Fireship Press
ISBN 1934757187 ISBN13 9781934757185
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More About Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.
Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record in the registry of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh gives 'Arthur Ignatius Conan' as his Christian name, and simply 'Doyle' as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.
At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst. He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in 1875.
From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and Sheffield. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories. His first published story appeared in "Chambers's Edinburgh Journal" before he was 20. Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship's doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast. He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.
In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa (or Louise) Hawkins, known as "Touie". She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906. The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897. Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive. Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.
Conan Doyle fathered five children. Two with his first wife—Mary Louise (28 January 1889 – 12 June 1976), and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley (15 November 1892 – 28 October 1918). With his second wife he had three children—Denis Percy Stewart (17 March 1909 – 9 March 1955), second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani (circa 1910 – 19 February 1987; former sister-in-law of Barbara Hutton); Adrian Malcolm (19 November 1910–3 June 1970) and Jean Lena Annette (21 December 1912–18 November 1997).
Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He had died of a heart attack at age 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: "You are wonderful." The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads:
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
Conan Doyle's house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004. It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.
A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years. There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.
Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Edinburgh. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930.
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An incredible work of historical fiction! Mar 25, 2008
I can't begin to say enough about this book. I was a big fan of Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" as a youth. However, I was not aware that he wrote historical novels and my guess is that most people are not aware of it either. Well, everyone should be! For descriptive writing, I have not read anything this good since Patrick O'Brian's novels. Doyle's descriptions of life, romance and adventure in France during the late 17th century reign of Louis the IX are so real you feel you are there at Versailles. Doyle then takes you on a dangerous voyage to French Canada then on to the American frontier where you can feel the danger lurking in the treacherous forests. The plot twists and turns throughout the book always surprising and keeping you on the proverbial edge of your seat. I read a lot of books and this one stands above most that I've read and it's right up there with O'Brian. Don't miss this one!