Captain Blood

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Regnery Gateway, Jun 1, 1998 - Fiction - 369 pages
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The young physician Peter Blood, wrongly convicted of treason during the reign of King James II, is exiled from England and sold into slavery in Jamaica. He escapes and becomes a pirate. Later he returns to England, joining the Royal Navy in its efforts against France.Captain Blood, filmed in 1935, was Errol Flynn's first swashbuckler, his first pairing with Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone, and the film that made him a star. This is the only paperback edition in print.
 

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User Review  - mausergem - LibraryThing

Peter Blood is a doctor who does not want to be involved in the politics. This is seventeenth century England and monarchies are ever changing. Peter Blood is accused of treason when he treats on of ... Read full review

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User Review  - KatieBeitz - LibraryThing

Growing up, this was my favourite book. It continues to hold this position today. A cracking adventure with a beautiful use of language. I do love the work of Rafael Sabatini - and this is his writing at its best. Read full review

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Contents

The Messenger
3
Kirkes Dragoons
13
The Lord Chief Justice
23
Human Merchandise
39
Arabella Bishop
47
Plans of Escape
61
Pirates
79
Spaniards
91
The Dupes
193
The Milagrosa
209
The Meeting
223
Thief and Pirate
235
The Service of King James
249
Hostilities
265
Hostages
275
War
289

The RebelsConvict
99
Don Diego
113
Filial Piety
121
Don Pedro Sangre
135
Tortuga
143
Levasseurs Heroics
153
Ransom
165
The Trap
179
The Service of King Louis
303
M de Rivarol
315
Cartagena
329
The Honour of M de Rivarol
339
The Service of King William
347
The Last Fight of the Arabella
353
His Excellency The Governor
361
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About the author (1998)

Rafael Sabatini was born April 29, 1875 in Jesi, Italy. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, and attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he went to England to live permanently, he could speak five languages. He quickly added English and chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini almost a quarter of century before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. It became an international best-seller. Captain Blood followed in 1922 and was equally as successful. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. While he would never achieve the success of Scaramouche and Captain Blood, Sabatini still maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. His body of work consists of 31 novels, 8 short story colections and 6 books of poetry. He died February 13, 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland.

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