Retired soldier Peter Blood lives a happy, comfortable life as a physician in seventeenth-century England. Yet everything changes one fateful evening when he saves the life of the wrong patient: a young rebel involved in an uprising against King James II. For doing his job and obeying the Hippocratic oath, the shell-shocked Blood is convicted of treason and sentenced to ten years in Barbados, toiling as a slave.
Once in the Caribbean, however, Blood has other plans. The daring doctor wins over his peers with his courage and skill, falls in love with the plantation owner’s niece, and begins to plot his escape. When a Spanish privateer attacks the plantation town, Blood seizes his chance, and with the help of his fellow slaves, pulls off a daring heist of the pirates’ ship. Based on a true story, Captain Blood is an immensely satisfying high-seas adventure for the ages.
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Once he was André-Louis Moreau, a lawyer raised by nobility, unconcerned with the growing discontent among France’s lower class—until his friend was mercilessly struck down by a member of the aristocracy.
Now he is Scaramouche. Speaking out against the unjust French government, he takes refuge with a nomadic band of actors and assumes the role of the clown Scaramouche—a comic figure with a very serious message….
Set during the French Revolution, this novel of swashbuckling romance is also a thought-provoking commentary on class, inequality, and the individual’s role in society—a story that has become Rafael Sabatini’s enduring legacy.
With an Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand
THE TAVERN KNIGHT
THE SHAME OF MOTLEY
BARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENT
THE HISTORICAL NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENT
THE LIFE OF CESARE BORGIA
THE LION'S SKIN
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMER
THE TRAMPLING OF THE LILIES
He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony. His very paternity was obscure, although the village of Gavrillac had long since dispelled the cloud of mystery that hung about it. Those simple Brittany folk were not so simple as to be deceived by a pretended relationship which did not even possess the virtue of originality. When a nobleman, for no apparent reason, announces himself the godfather of an infant fetched no man knew whence, and thereafter cares for the lad's rearing and education, the most unsophisticated of country folk perfectly understand the situation. And so the good people of Gavrillac permitted themselves no illusions on the score of the real relationship between Andre-Louis Moreau—as the lad had been named—and Quintin de Kercadiou, Lord of Gavrillac, who dwelt in the big grey house that dominated from its eminence the village clustering below.
Andre-Louis had learnt his letters at the village school, lodged the while with old Rabouillet, the attorney, who in the capacity of fiscal intendant, looked after the affairs of M. de Kercadiou. Thereafter, at the age of fifteen, he had been packed off to Paris, to the Lycee of Louis Le Grand, to study the law which he was now returned to practise in conjunction with Rabouillet. All this at the charges of his godfather, M. de Kercadiou, who by placing him once more under the tutelage of Rabouillet would seem thereby quite clearly to be making provision for his future.
Andre-Louis, on his side, had made the most of his opportunities. You behold him at the age of four-and-twenty stuffed with learning enough to produce an intellectual indigestion in an ordinary mind. Out of his zestful study of Man, from Thucydides to the Encyclopaedists, from Seneca to Rousseau, he had confirmed into an unassailable conviction his earliest conscious impressions of the general insanity of his own species. Nor can I discover that anything in his eventful life ever afterwards caused him to waver in that opinion.
A lawyer of unknown parentage raised by nobility, André-Louis Moreau had little concern for the plight of the lower class and the vast inequality in France until his friend, Philippe de Vilmorin, is killed in a duel after demanding justice for a murdered peasant. Outraged, Moreau speaks out against the aristocracy and his words sow the seeds of revolution.
Wanted by the law, Moreau assumes the role of Scaramouche, the clown character in a group of traveling actors. His swashbuckling adventures include inciting a riot mid–theater performance, apprenticing at a fencing academy, and discovering a revelation about his past that leads to an unexpected romance.
Utilizing his mastery of swordsmanship and oration to combat the corrupt nobility, Moreau is an iconic character whose story explores class, inequality, and the power of an individual to influence his society.
CHAPTER II. KIRKE'S DRAGOONS
CHAPTER III. THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE
CHAPTER IV. HUMAN MERCHANDISE
CHAPTER V. ARABELLA BISHOP
CHAPTER VI. PLANS OF ESCAPE
CHAPTER VII. PIRATES
CHAPTER VIII. SPANIARDS
CHAPTER IX. THE REBELS-CONVICT
CHAPTER X. DON DIEGO
CHAPTER XI. FILIAL PIETY
CHAPTER XII. DON PEDRO SANGRE
CHAPTER XIII. TORTUGA
CHAPTER XIV. LEVASSEUR'S HEROICS
CHAPTER XV. THE RANSOM
CHAPTER XVI. THE TRAP
CHAPTER XVII. THE DUPES
CHAPTER XVIII. THE MILAGROSA
CHAPTER XIX. THE MEETING
CHAPTER XX. THIEF AND PIRATE
CHAPTER XXI. THE SERVICE OF KING JAMES
CHAPTER XXII. HOSTILITIES
CHAPTER XXIII. HOSTAGES
CHAPTER XXIV. WAR
CHAPTER XXV. THE SERVICE OF KING LOUIS
CHAPTER XXVI. M. de RIVAROL
CHAPTER XXVII. CARTAGENA
CHAPTER XXVIII. THE HONOUR OF M. DE RIVAROL
CHAPTER XXIX. THE SERVICE OF KING WILLIAM
CHAPTER XXX. THE LAST FIGHT OF THE ARABELLA
CHAPTER XXXI. HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR
CHAPTER I. THE HUCKSTER
CHAPTER II. ROSAMUND
CHAPTER III. THE FORGE
CHAPTER IV. THE INTERVENER
CHAPTER V. THE BUCKLER
CHAPTER VI. JASPER LEIGH
CHAPTER VII. TREPANNED
CHAPTER VIII. THE SPANIARD
PART II. SAKR-EL-BAHR
CHAPTER I. THE CAPTIVE
CHAPTER II. THE RENEGADE
CHAPTER III. HOMEWARD BOUND
CHAPTER IV. THE RAID
CHAPTER V. THE LION OF THE FAITH
CHAPTER VI. THE CONVERT
CHAPTER VII. MARZAK-BEN-ASAD
CHAPTER VIII. MOTHER AND SON
CHAPTER IX. COMPETITORS
CHAPTER X. THE SLAVE-MARKET
CHAPTER XI. THE TRUTH
CHAPTER XII. THE SUBTLETY OF FENZILEH
CHAPTER XIII. IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAH
CHAPTER XIV. THE SIGN
CHAPTER XV. THE VOYAGE
CHAPTER XVI. THE PANNIER
CHAPTER XVII. THE DUPE
CHAPTER XVIII. SHEIK MAT
CHAPTER XIX. THE MUTINEERS
CHAPTER XX. THE MESSENGER
CHAPTER XXI. MORITURUS
CHAPTER XXII. THE SURRENDER
CHAPTER XXIII. THE HEATHEN CREED
CHAPTER XXIV. THE JUDGES
CHAPTER XXV. THE ADVOCATE
CHAPTER XXVI. THE JUDGMENT
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The NovelsTHE LOVERS OF YVONNETHE TAVERN KNIGHTBARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENTTHE TRAMPLING OF THE LILIESLOVE-AT-ARMSTHE SHAME OF MOTLEYST. MARTIN’S SUMMERMISTRESS WILDINGTHE LION’S SKINTHE STROLLING SAINTTHE GATES OF DOOMTHE SEA HAWKTHE SNARESCARAMOUCHECAPTAIN BLOOD
The Short Story CollectionsTHE JUSTICE OF THE DUKETHE BANNER OF THE BULLMISCELLANEOUS SHORT STORIES
The Short StoriesLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The PlayTHE TYRANT
The Non-FictionTHE LIFE OF CESARE BORGIATORQUEMADA AND THE SPANISH INQUISITION: A HISTORYTHE HISTORICAL NIGHTS’ ENTERTAINMENT: SERIES 1THE HISTORICAL NIGHTS’ ENTERTAINMENT: SERIES 2
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A rollicking tale of piracy on a grand scale, accented with breathtaking maritime maneuvers, near misses, and broadside hits, Sabatini’s fast-paced novel is alive with color, romance, and excitement. A swashbuckling classic that brims with stolen treasure and adventure on the high seas, Captain Blood quickly became a best-seller soon after it was first published in 1922.
"A salty dose of high-seas adventure for all fiction collections."—Library Journal
"Captain Blood is the very beau ideal of a pirate."—The New York Times Book Review
"Glorious. I never enjoyed a novel more."—Norman Mailer
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André-Louis Moreau, once a lawyer with a comfortable life, is spurred into action after the murder of his best friend at the hands of an aristocrat. Now, as Scaramouche, he speaks out against the French government the only way he can. Traveling with a band of actors, this comedic figure delivers blow after blow to the aristocracy, honing his message and bringing fame, fortune, and success to his small troupe.
A thought-provoking commentary on class division and inequality, this swashbuckling adventure cements Rafael Sabatani’s work as absolutely vital to the literary canon.