George Alfred Henty, the Prince of Story Tellers

George Alfred Henty

G. A.Henty’s life (1832-1902)was filled with exciting adventure. Completing Westminster School, he attended Cambridge University. Along with a rigorous course of study, Henty participated in boxing, wrestling, and rowing. The strenuous study and healthy, competitive participation in sports prepared Henty to be with the British army in Crimea, as a war correspondent witnessing Garibaldi fight in Italy, being present in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War, in Spain with the Carlists, at the opening of the Suez Canal, touring India with the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and a trip to the California goldfields. These are only a few of his exciting adventures.

G.A. Henty lived during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting that he write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote approx. 144 books plus stories for magazines and was dubbed as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” Click here to read more about the story.

One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study dictating stories as fast as the secretary could record them.

George Alfred Henty

Henty’s stories revolve around a fictional boy hero during fascinating periods of history. His heroes are diligent, courageous, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face, at times, of great peril. His histories, particularly battle accounts, have been recognized by historian scholars for their accuracy. In fact, the only criticism Henty faced by the liberals of his day was that his heroes were “too Christian.” There is nothing dry in Mr. Henty’s stories and thus he removes the drudgery and laborious task often associated with the study of history. read more about Good books at http://www.halfmoonbooks.net/beginning-english-grammar/

Henty’s heroes fight wars, sail the seas, discover the land, conquer evil empires, the prospect for gold, and a host of other exciting adventures. They meet famous personages like Josephus, Titus, Hannibal, Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace, Sir Francis Drake, Moses, Robert E. Lee, Frederick the Great, the Duke of Wellington, Huguenot leader Coligny, Cortez, King Alfred, and Napoleon just to mention a few. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting the leaders of that time. Understanding the culture of the time period becomes second nature as well as comparing/contrasting the society of various European and pagan cultures.