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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Crown and Sceptre, by George Manville Fenn This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Crown and Sceptre A West Country Story Author: George Manville Fenn Illustrator: J. Nash Release Date: November 6, 2007 [EBook #23382] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CROWN AND SCEPTRE *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England Crown and Sceptre, a West Country Story, by George Manville Fenn. ________________________________________________________________________ I groaned a bit when I saw that this story was about the Civil War in England, in the mid-seventeenth century. But I soon realised that it was a very good story, told in the tension-laden Fenn style. We start off in the Devon coombes (valleys near the sea) with two families that are close friends. The Markhams live at The Hall, while the Forresters live at The Manor. There are two teenage boys: Scarlett Markham and Fred Forrester. The boys come upon secret passages and secret chambers in the Hall, and also some other long-forgotten shafts and wells leading to the outside. Then came the Civil War, in which the Roundheads fought for a country subservient to Parliament, while the Cavaliers fought for the King. The Markhams and their household became Cavaliers, while the Forresters were Roundheads. Thus the two families became, at least in theory, deadly enemies. Needless to say, it didn't always work out exactly like that, and the boys at least, now young officers, and the family retainers, sometimes helped one another in ways the fathers would not approve of. The manor is burnt down, and Sir Godfrey Markham very seriously wounded. It is only by Scarlett's knowledge of the secret passages that he is saved. We will not spoil the rest of the story for you by telling you the rest of it, but we assure you that it very well written, and did not at all merit my initial groans. Another very good read, or listen. ________________________________________________________________________ CROWN AND SCEPTRE, A WEST COUNTRY STORY, BY GEORGE MANVILLE FENN. CHAPTER ONE. IN THE WEST COUNTREE. "Derry down, derry down, d
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