This Dover edition is an unabridged republication of the book Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades by G.A. Henty. Like all Henty novels, it’s full of historical events and lots of adventure. It’s about young Cuthbert de Lance, part Norman and part Saxon, who wins a job as a page going to the Crusades. Readers have ringside seats to historical events as they follow this English lad to the Holy Land as part of King Richard’s crusading army, experience the excitement of battle, and share the boy’s perilous adventures during his return trip across Europe to England. Excitement and narrow escapes follow as Cuthbert gains a reputation for valor, prowess, and resourcefulness.
This is one of the more exciting Henty adventures, and any lover of Robin Hood will certainly enjoy this tale. Cuthbert’s presence of mind and common sense, his loyalty, honesty, valor, and quick wits are all characteristics that make us and the characters in the book admire and respect him. By the time you’re halfway through the book, you will be confident that Cuthbert can extricate himself and his friends with honor and distinction from any kind of situation. There are a few lines of text in the battle scenes that are fairly graphic, but the descriptions are brief.