Crossbows & Crucifixes

A Novel of the Priest Hunters and the Brave Young Men Who Fought Them

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Age Range: 10 and up

 

England, 1585: Queen Elizabeth’s spies lurk everywhere, searching out Catholics who refuse to attend the non-Catholic services of the State religion. Officers of the law hunt down and kill Catholic priests, and imprison those who shelter them.

In these perilous times, fifteen-year-old Nicholas Thorpe discovers that his widowed mother has become Catholic, and he soon joins the Church she has come to love.

Thus begin Nicholas’s adventures in the Companions, a pious underground army of resistance that shelters priests and leads them in strict secrecy and great danger from one estate to another, so the Catholic faithful can continue to receive the Sacraments the law now forbids.

In this adventure for all ages, author Henry Garnett brings to life the drama of a nation where unjust laws forced good men and women to choose between their country and their Faith, and young people heard early and well the call to heroism that Christians must be ever ready to heed.

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  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-36-4
  • Product Code: 361
  • Availability: In Stock
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Great living book looking at English history during Elizabethan times
This is a great living history book of those who stuck to their Catholic faith and didn't sacrifice what they believed for politics. It is inspiring for young and old. It is a fairly quick read being only 180 pages or so. I recommend this for anyone studying or teaching Elizabethan History and to show how the Reformation was not simply over with King Henry VIII in England.
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How to survive and thrive in a 16th century police state
Tells a stirring story of the plight of Tudor-era English Catholics with historical accuracy while avoiding sappy sermonizing. Well done.
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Proud to be Catholic!
This is a fast-paced tale and easy to read. It may be a bit of a strain for my 12 and 13 year-old boys, but this is a gem of a book.
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Will be using as a family read aloud.
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Good read!
It is great to read a book with living history.
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