"...that special providence which guards reckless lads befriended them, as it has thousands of their kind before and since..."
Our hero is Myles Falworth, the only child of the blind baron, and he's eight that year. He's our reckless lad.
Myles is sent to squire for the powerful Earl of Mackworth, an old friend of his father, but one who has managed to stay on the right side of Henry IV. The novel has three main adventures for Myles: the castle has a fagging system where the older apprentice knights demand service of the younger ones; Myles resents this and resists it. Later, chasing a ball into a forbidden garden, he meets the Earl's daughter and niece.
The third adventure is the especially suspenseful one, and you'll just have to read it! But it does involve the future Henry V.
books who died youngish in 1911. Men of Iron came out in 1891. He also did a version of Robin Hood and various volumes of Arthuriana. He drew the illustrations for the volume I have.
|My Dad (around the age he got this book) with my Grandfather and Tam.|