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Rafael Sabatini

annis
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Post by annis » Thu December 2nd, 2010, 7:33 pm

I think I posted this somewhere else. but it might be handy here- it's a timeline of Sabatini novels, giving a brief description of the historical settings for his books and the historical figures featured.
http://denenberg.com/sabatini/timeline.html
Definitely more swashbuckling than serious, but well-based in history. Some of the lesser-known novels aren't quite as gripping- I read Love at Arms a while ago and didn't find it particularly compelling.

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu December 2nd, 2010, 9:32 pm

I think the reason I enjoyed Love-at-Arms was that it occurred at the beginning of a reading binge of several of his more swashbuckly novels. I had heard some of his early works weren't nearly as good or as polished, so I went into it not expecting much from it and came out pleasantly surprised. It's definitely not one of his best, but I enjoyed it. It suited my mood at the time.

The website dedicated to Sabatini's works has a great article on Sabatini's knowledge of fencing and how well it shows in his novels. The article also includes an excerpt of The Marquis of Carabas, which gives you a taste of his style.

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Kveto from Prague
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Post by Kveto from Prague » Thu May 29th, 2014, 6:31 pm

Just started reading my first Sabatini novel. I'm hooked. He sure can write a compelling beginning. good stuff.

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