More Literature Analysis of a Knight of the White Cross

In my last essay I talked about the setting and style of the book assigned for English, so today I’ll be writing about the character development and plot.

 

The Plot development of A Knight of the White Cross, by G.A. Henty

As I said in my last essay, most of Henty’s books pretty much all have the same base story. A handsome, strong, young man rises in fame and fortune and becomes a hero to the country. They normally end up with the fella’ marrying a gal that he rescued from some terrible thing. In A Knight of the White Cross, a young man named Gervaise joins the Order of St. John, in the magnificent city of Rhodes. He has a good thinking head, as well as being a great warrior at a young age (due to the training he received ever since he was a small child). He is a Page to the Grand Master for 3 years, before becoming a professed knight. Soon after, he was sent on a galley with a bunch of other knights. They encountered 5 or 6 pirate ships that they eventually captured with the help of two other galleys that were also on patrol. While out on the ocean, Gervaise showed himself worthy of being dubbed a real Knight upon their return. In later events, Gervaise did lots of things that earned him great renown including capturing 13 pirate ships and destroying 10 more with only one galley. He was a favorite with the Grand Master and all his fellow knights. He took part in the defense of Rhodes during the famous siege of Rhodes. In the end of the book, he marries a girl from Genoa and lives happily ever after.

Character Development

Really the only characters that develop enough to mention are Gervaise, his best friend Ralph Harcourt, and Lady Claudia (the girl he marries). Gervaise starts out being a 13-year-old boy, working as Page to the Grand master of the Order of St. John. Later on, he becomes a professed knight, then a real knight, the captain of a galley (at the age of 17), a slave (he got captured, but then escapes), and then finally a married man. Sir Ralph Harcourt starts out as a professed knight and becomes a real knight at the same time as Gervaise. He is 1st mate to Gervaise on his galley, and eventually, gets awarded with the command of his own galley. Lady Claudia is first introduced in the book as a serious 14-year-old girl. She isn’t talked about a lot since she lives in a whole different country than Gervaise, but she’s talked about enough to know that as she became a woman, she was the beauty of Genoa, and refused many offers for her hand in marriage. When Gervaise asks her to marry him, she accepts and becomes his wife.

 

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A Knight of the White Cross

Odessa O.                                                                                                                            9-14-’17
Teacher: Bradley Fish Jr.

Today I am going to be writing about the Authors style and the Setting of the book that was assigned in my English course; A Knight of the White Cross, by G.A. Henty.

We’ll start off with Henty’s writing style. He wrote a lot of historical fiction but took special care that the historical facts were correct and not misleading. In A Knight of the White Cross, a young parent-less boy who joins the Order of St. John, due to his father’s last wish before dying from mortal battle wounds. He was in the right place at the right time and got the opportunity to become the Grand Master’s page in Rhodes. After 3 years, he became a professed knight, and went on several ocean voyages with other knights of the order, distinguishing himself so much while fighting Turkish corsairs that he was dubbed a real knight when he was only 15 years old. The rest of the book covers all the different adventures that he has, including discovering a plot of treachery with the slaves and guards of the slave quarters where 1,000 slaves were to make an attempt at escape. This gave him even more respect from his comrades and seniors in the Order. A lot of Henty’s books have the same main plot; a boy grows into a man and becomes basically a hero for the brave and heroic deeds he’s done, complete with finding a beautiful girl to marry.

The Setting for A Knight of the White Cross changes a lot. The setting where most things happen is in Rhodes. This is where the convent for the Order of St. John was. Rhodes was a city that was preparing for an attack from Mahomet and his followers. There were thousands of slaves working on walls that seemed impossible to breach. The countryside surrounding the walled city of Rhodes was farmland. There were lots of fields and farms. The people that lived in the city were mainly merchants, their families, knights, slaves, farmers, etc.

This Weeks History Essay

This week I started 8th-grade history through the Ron Paul Curriculum. The class is taught by Bradley Fish Jr. Today, I am going to overview what I learned this week. Focusing on a little bit of history from the Middle East.

The Middle East

This civilization includes modern-day Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. You see, the ancient people from this area were farmers, so they needed a great place to plant their crops and keep them lush and green. The middle east was a great choice because there was a semi-circle kind of area that was especially fertile. The Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile rivers all flow through this area, which was called the “fertile crescent” after it’s lush farming land (see pictures below). Between the years of 1000 BC and 500 AD, the middle east changed hands a lot, in fact, 5 different powers ruled during those 1500 years. Babylon, Persia, Parthia, Rome, and for a short time, Alexander the Great was in control.

In 750 AD, the Muslims took over the government, converting it to their religious system, to start forming the Islamic middle east that we know today.

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Map of the Fertile Crescent
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Farms in the Fertile Crescent

 

Blogger Tag

Thanks to Luna for “tagging” me!

Question 1: How tall are you?

I’m 4′ 11 1/2″ 🙂

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent?

I don’t know. It’s kinda hard to know if it is hidden.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

I really don’t have one.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

When people talk or chew with their mouth open and full of food.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

I have a lot of favorite songs, but pretty much any good, clean, Country song.

Question 6: What is your favorite social media website?

I don’t use anything other than Google+ and Gmail, so I guess that Gmail would be my fav.

Question 7: What is your favorite way to spend free time when you’re alone? 

Work out, read, and lots more random stuff. 😀

Question 8: What is your favorite junk food?

Ice cream and hamburgers

Question 9: Do you have a pet/pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? 

Nope.

Question 10: What is your number one favorite non-fiction and fiction book?

My favorite historical fiction book is I will Repay by Baroness Orczy, and my favorite non-fiction book would probably be the bible.

Question 11: What is your favorite beauty product/tool?

A Hairbrush (pretty much all I use)

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

IDK

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Milk

Question 14: What is your favorite movie? 

Fireproof, Courageous, and Robin Hood ( the 1938 version).

Question 15: What was your favorite lesson in school and why?

I liked the whole Lifesaving section in 8th grade Science.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?

Well, I like Idaho Washington, (’cause there isn’t as many dumb laws there, as there is here in Washington where I live)

Question 17: PC or Mac?

IDK

Question 18: Favorite celebrity?

Don’t have one.

Question 19: What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with?

None.

Question 20: Who is your biggest inspiration?

God, my parents and big brothers.

Question 21: What is your favorite blog to read? 

I like looking at photography blogs, but not one specific one…

Question 22: What is your favorite high street shop?

Dunno what that is.

Question 23: Are you in education or do you work?

I’m still in school, but I have a babysitting business.

Question 24: What is one thing you are proud of?

IDK

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My Nominees:

Tori Beth

Avaldamar

Kyla

P.S. All you have to do is answer the same questions that I did.

P.S.S. If you don’t have time to do it, that’s no problem at all. 😀

To all of my followers…

Hey! I am done with school for the year, so I won’t be posting essays and school assignments anymore until September or so.  I might post random stuff about what I’m doing this summer, but probably not a lot.   Y’all enjoy your summer! 🙂

-Odessa

The Battle of Jumonville Glen

The Battle of Jumonville Glen was a 15-minute skirmish that started the wheels in motion for the 7 years war (also called the French and Indian war).

It all started on a cold winter night. A troop of English and Indian soldiers were marching toward a place called Fort Necessity.  The fort was in construction, and the soldiers were sent to keep it safe from the Canadians while it was being built. The English soldiers were commanded by a man named George Washington, (yes, the same man that let the continental army in the American Revolution) and the Indian soldiers were being led by a man named Tanacharison.

Washington and Tanacharison were about 5 miles apart when word came from the Indians that they had spotted the Canadian encampment.  (As a side note really quick, the band of 35 or so Canadians led by Joseph Jumonville, was just a small part of a larger group of soldiers. The larger group had already captured the partly constructed fort that Washington was on his way to defend.  Jumonville and his men were sent to warn Washington not to start messing around with the Canadian’s claimed land).  Washington marched his men the 5 miles that night to where Tanacharison was and set up an ambush.  The next morning, the Canadians were surprised by a bunch of soldiers attacking the camp.  The skirmish lasted only about 15 minutes, but quite a few of the Canadians were killed, including Joseph Jumonville.  Not including a couple of men that managed to escape, all of the Canadian survivors were taken as prisoners.  The dead were either just left in the field where the battle took place or  buried in very shallow graves.  George Washington pushed his men on to the fort.

When word came to the main party of Canadians, Jumonville’s brother was raving mad.  He took a troop of 600 soldiers, attacked Washington and his men and forced him to surrender.  The surrendering terms were written in french, which Washington couldn’t read, so it is questionable if he knew what he was agreeing to when he signed that paper. It turns out that the paper had a confession that he had had Jumonville specifically assassinated in the battle.   That was used against him later in life.

The next year, more and more small conflicts kept happening, and essentially grew into a full blown war.  In fact, both France and England declared war on each other in 1756.  This was the 7 years war, or the French and Indian war.