The High Crusade

The High Crusade

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One of the Most Beloved Novels by a Grand Master of Science Fiction, with Introductions and Appreciations by Major Science Fiction Figures. Now in Mass Market.

In the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the littlevillageofAnsbyin northeasternLincolnshire. The Wersgorix, whose scouting ship it is, are quite expert at taking over planets, and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable, they initiate standard world-conquering procedure. Ah, but this time it's no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave--they've launched their invasion against free Englishmen! In the end, only one alien is left alive--and Sir Roger's grand vision is born. He intends for the creature to fly the ship first toFranceto aid his King, then on to theHoly Landto vanquish the infidel. Unfortunately, he has not allowed for the treachery of the alien pilot, who instead takes the craft to his home planet, where, he thinks, these upstart barbarians will have no choice but to surrender. But that knavish alien little understands the indomitable will and clever resourcefulness of Englishmen, no matter how great the odds against them. . . .
Publisher: Riverdale, N.Y., Baen, 2012, c1960
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9781451638325
Branch Call Number: SF AND
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,18 cm


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Jul 21, 2017

"Benevolent dictatorship" oxymoron ending left a bad taste in my mouth.
Author revealed his pro-monarchy bias.
Wish fulfillment story given massive decolonization on Africa, Asia & Caribbean or European imperialism on the wane in the 1960s.
He didn't read the countless peasant uprisings & revolutions that overthrown countless monarchies.
Earth natives won't have another white man government & will rebel.
Not recommended.

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