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The Red True Story Book

Edited by Andrew Lang
Illustrated by Henry Ford

Andrew Lang's famous colored Fairy Books were in fact only part, rather less than half, of a larger series of storybooks for children. Among the lesser-known books of the series are two collections of true stories. Here there are no fairies, no witches, no giants, but there is a beautiful maiden who, though not a princess, is honest, strong, brave, and beloved by all who know her. Joining her in this collection are soldiers, sailors, pirates, adventurers and explorers. There are brave men fighting for king and country, explorers crossing vast deserts and uncharted seas, and ordinary men and women who did the right thing, even when it was dangerous.

Among the stories in this volume are the mutiny on the Bounty; the gallant attempt by Bonnie Prince Charlie to reclaim his family's throne; the conquest of Peru; sagas of the Vikings; tales from Froissart, the chivalrous chronicler of the Hundred Years' War; the life of Joan of Arc; and the adventures of Napoleon's general Marbot with his faithful mare Lisette.

427 pages. 8.5" by 5.5"
101 illustrations

A full list of children's books edited by Andrew Lang can be found here.
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Full contents:
  • Wilson's Last Fight 
  • The Life and Death of Joan the Maid 
  • How the Bass was held for King James
  • The Crowning of Ines de Castro
  • The Story of Orthon
  • How Gustavus Vasa won his Kingdom  
  • Monsieur de Bayard's Duel
  • Story of Gudbrand of the Dales  
  • Sir Richard Grenville
  • The Story of Molly Pitcher
  • The Voyages, Dangerous Adventures, and Imminent Escapes of Captain Richard Falconer
  • Marbot's March
  • Eylau. The Mare Lisette
  • How Marbot crossed the Danube
  • The Piteous Death of Gaston, Son of the Count of Foix
  • Rolf Stake   (A Viking saga)
  • The Wreck of the 'Wager'
  • Peter Williamson
  • A Wonderful Voyage 
  • The Pitcairn Islanders
  • A Relation of three years' Suffering of Robert Everard upon the Island of Assada, near Madagascar, in a voyage to India, in the year 1686
  • The Fight at Svolder Island 
  • The Death of Hacon the Good 
  • Prince Charlie's War
  • The Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition
  • The Story of Emund 
  • The Man in White
  • The Adventures of 'The Bull of Earlstoun'
  • The Story of Grisell Baillie's Sheep's Head
  • The Conquest of Peru