Micah Clarke, The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The book includes a historical novel "Micah Clarke" and a collection of short stories on the historical topic "The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago".

Micah Clarke is an historical adventure novel by British author Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1889 and set during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 in England. The book is a bildungsroman whose protagonist, Micah Clarke, begins as a boy seeking adventure in a rather romantic and naive way, falls under the influence of an older and vastly experienced, world-weary soldier of fortune, and becomes a grown up after numerous experiences, some of them very harrowing. In the process the book also records much of the history of the Monmouth Rebellion, from the point of view of someone living in 17th century England.

Much of the focus is upon the religious dimension of the conflict. The Rebellion was prompted by the desire of many to replace the Catholic King James with a Protestant rival. Micah is the son of a committed Protestant father who sends Micah to fight in the same cause which he himself had fought in during the English Civil War. Micah fights at the Battle of Sedgemoor, which in a narrative aside Doyle obliquely acknowledges to be the last clear-cut pitched battle on open ground between two military forces fought on English soil; Micah also witnesses the execution of James Scott on Tower Hill.

Much is made of the role of Protestant ministers in recruiting the rebel army and in motivating its soldiers. Micah Clarke himself becomes increasingly disillusioned with religious extremism and ultimately expresses the view that toleration is a great good. Conan Doyle had himself been brought up as a Catholic and it is likely that Micah expresses his own thoughts on the subject.

Table of Contents:

MICAH CLARKE
    1. Of Cornet Joseph Clarke of the Ironsides
    2. Of my going to school and of my coming thence.
    3. Of Two Friends of my Youth
    4. Of the Strange Fish that we Caught at Spithead
    5. Of the Man with the Drooping Lids
    6. Of the Letter that came from the Lowlands
    7. Of the Horseman who rode from the West
    8. Of our Start for the Wars
    9. Of a Passage of Arms at the Blue Boar
    10. Of our Perilous Adventure on the Plain
    11. Of the Lonely Man and the Gold Chest
    12. Of certain Passages upon the Moor
    13. Of Sir Gervas Jerome, Knight Banneret of the County of Surrey
    14. Of the Stiff-legged Parson and his Flock
    15. Of our Brush with the King’s Dragoons
    16. Of our Coming to Taunton
    17. Of the Gathering in the Market-square
    18. Of Master Stephen Timewell, Mayor of Taunton
    19. Of a Brawl in the Night
    20. Of the Muster of the Men of the West
    21. Of my Hand-grips with the Brandenburger
    22. Of the News from Havant
    23. Of the Snare on the Weston Road
    24. Of the Welcome that met me at Badminton
    25. Of Strange Doings in the Boteler Dungeon
    26. Of the Strife in the Council
    27. Of the Affair near Keynsham Bridge
    28. Of the Fight in Wells Cathedral
    29. Of the Great Cry from the Lonely House
    30. Of the Swordsman with the Brown Jacket
    31. Of the Maid of the Marsh and the Bubble which rose from the Bog
    32. Of the Onfall at Sedgemoor
    33. Of my Perilous Adventure at the Mill
    34. Of the Coming of Solomon Sprent
    35. Of the Devil in Wig and Gown
    36. Of the End of it All

THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS and Other Tales of Long Ago
    I. The Last of the Legions
    II. The Last Galley
    III. Through the Veil
    IV. The Coming of the Huns
    V. The Contest VI. The First Cargo
    VI. The First Cargo
    VII. An Iconoclast
    VIII. Giant Maximin
    IX. The Red Star
    X. The Silver Mirror
    XI. The Home-Coming
    XII. A Point of Contact
    XIII. The Centurion

 

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