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Henty Books in Chronological Order for History Immersion

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With three boys who are voracious readers, we have the ultimate challenge of finding wholesome books that they want to read. One set of books that we found and both the boys and I love are G.A. Henty books. Even Henty Books in Orderthough his books are fiction, they are historical fiction and provide a great vision of the era he was writing about. His books are historically accurate and are full of noble character traits… traits we want to instill in our boys such as: honesty, chivalry, integrity, courage, loyalty, honor, hard work, charity, justice, and the list goes on and on. Henty was masterful at weaving action and adventure throughout his novels!  Putting the Henty Books in chronological order has helped me organize his books into our schedule to be more useful in our homeschool.

Here is a brief bio of GA Henty from Wikipedia:

George Alfred Henty, was a prolific English novelist and a special correspondent. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century.  His children’s novels typically revolved around a boy or young man living in troubled times. These ranged from the Punic War to more recent conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars or the American Civil War. Henty’s heroes – which occasionally included young ladies – are uniformly intelligent, courageous, honest and resourceful with plenty of ‘pluck’ yet are also modest.  These virtues have made Henty’s novels popular today among many Christians and homeschoolers.

Reasons you might want to include Henty as part of your children’s reading goes directly to character!  Quote from the Henty site:  

G. A. Henty lived during a time in which honesty, integrity, hard work, courage, diligence, perseverance, personal honor and a strong Christian faith were greatly valued. This was especially true of members of the British armed forces, of which Henty was a part. As a consequence, Henty’s heroes are models of these virtues of personal character – and always owe their successes to these characteristics.  The young reader identifies with Henty’s heroes while he is vicariously reliving their experiences as he reads. These heroes become, for the duration of the story, his peers and examples – and, children learn, almost entirely, by example.  American and British educators a century ago were as much concerned in building good character in their students as they were in imparting to them academic knowledge. This accounts for the great popularity of Henty’s works during that golden period of education.

My oldest son, Chase, has started reviewing the books he has read and the first Henty book was Cat of Bubastes. You can read his review here. Read for yourself what a teen thinks of the Henty books! We are using the Henty books as an immersion in our historical studies… to better understand the culture and time. I hope this list will be beneficial to you and your homeschool as well!! I will be creating many lists over the course of our homeschooling years to help you find books that instill honor and character in our boy’s reading experiences.  

 

Bk# Title Subject Location ~Year
1. Those Other Animals Animals n/a n/a
2. The Cat of Bubastes Ancient Egypt; Egyptian religion Egypt 1250 BC
3. The Young Carthaginian Hannibal’s Campaigns, Punic wars North Africa 220 BC
4. Beric the Briton Roman Invasion, Gladiators, Burning of Rome, Nero  Great Britain 61
5. For the Temple Fall of Jerusalem, 1st Century Jewish Revolt, Vespasian, Josephus and Titus Palestine 70
6. The Dragon and the Raven The Days of King Alfred Great Britain 870
7. Wulf the Saxon Norman Conquest,  Viking invaders, Battle of Hastings Great Britain 1066
8. Winning His Spurs
The Crusades, Holy Wars, Holy Land, the Saxons, the Normans Palestine 1190
9. In Freedom’s Cause Wallace and Bruce, Scots Scotland 1314
10. St. George for England Crecy & Poitiers, English and French  France 1340
11. The Lion of St. Mark War of Venice and Genoa Italy 1380
12. A March on London Wat Tyler’s Insurrection England 1381
13. Both Sides the Border Glendower & Hotspur Great Britain 1400
14. At Agincourt Hundred Year War, Henry V, French, English France 1415
15. A Knight of the White Cross Siege of Rhodes, War of the Roses, Moorish corsair pirates, Moslems Greece 1480
16. By Pike and Dyke Spanish-Dutch War, Spanish Inquisition Holland, etc. 1579
17. St. Bartholomew’s Eve Huguenot Wars, Protestants, Catholics France 1580
18. Under Drake’s Flag Circumnavigating the Globe, Search for North West Passage, High Seas Worldwide 1580
19. By England’s Aid Fall of Spanish Armada, Freeing of the Netherlands, Corsairs Holland 1588
20. By Right of Conquest Conquest of Mexico, Cortez, Aztecs Mexico 1595
21. The Lion of the North Thirty Year War,  Sweden, Scotland, Gustav II Adolf Germany 1630
22. Won by the Sword Thirty Year War, Richelieu, France Europe 1640
23. Friends Though Divided England’s Civil War, the Cavaliers, the Roundheads, Charles II England 1650
24. When London Burned Anglo-Dutch Wars, Great Plague, the Great Fire Great Britain 1666
25. John Hawke’s Fortune Monmouth Rebellion, Duke of Monmouth, Battle of Sedgemoor Great Britain 1685
26. Orange and Green Battle of Boyne Ireland 1690
27. A Jacobite Exile Swedish-Russian War, King Charles the XII of Sweden, Jacobite: a political movement dedicated to restoring the Stuart kings to the throne of England and Scotland Europe 1695
28. The Cornet of Horse War of Spanish Succession, Holland, Hapsburg, Hanover and Prussia against the French and Spanish Belgium 1703
29. The Bravest of the Brave War of Spanish Succession, Spain and France, and the British and her allies,  Earl Charles Mordaunt III of Peterborough Spain 1705
30. In the Irish Brigade War of Spanish Succession, King Louis XVI of France, War in Flanders and Spain France 1710
31. Bonnie Prince Charlie Fontenoy and Battle of Culloden Europe 1745
32. With Wolfe in Canada Fall of Quebec, Battle of Britain and France for supremacy in the North American continent. Canada 1759
33. True to the Old Flag American Revolution written from a British point of view US 1760
34. With Frederick the Great Seven Years War,  Battles of Rossbach, Leuthen, Prague, Zorndorf, Hochkirch, and Torgan Prussia 1760
35. Held Fast for England Siege of Gibraltar, Tangiers, Gibraltar and the Spanish Coast, the Straights Gibraltar 1780
36. Colonel Thorndyke’s Secret or The Brahmin ‘s Treasure English Society / Adventure, Pre-industrialization England 1783
37. With Clive in India Battle of Plassey,  English influence at the point of extinction in India India 1786
38. In the Reign of Terror French Revolution, French marquis France 1793
39. By Conduct and Courage Napoleonic Wars Europe 1795
40. No Surrender! French Revolution, The revolt of La Vendde France 1795
41. A Roving Commission Great Revolt in Hayti, Story of the Sea West Indies 1795
42. The Tiger of Mysore Mysore War, India India 1795
43. At Aboukir and Acre Napoleonic Wars, Alexandria, Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt Egypt 1798
44. At the Point of the Bayonet Mahratta War, India, British India 1800
45. With Moore at Corunna Peninsular War, Napoleon, Britain  Europe 1808
46. A Final Reckoning Bush Life in Australia Australia 1810
47. The Plague Ship Adventure on the Ocean, Malay Pirates The Ocean 1810
48. Under Wellington’s Command Peninsular War, NOTE:  Really a sequel to “With Moore at Corunna”, “Minho” Portuguese,  Europe 1810
49. The Young Buglers Peninsular War Spain 1810
50. Through the Fray Luddite Riots England 1811
51. Through Russian Snows Napoleonic Wars Russia 1812
52. One of the 28th Battle of Waterloo Europe 1815
53. With Cochrane the Dauntless South American Revolution S. America 1820
54. On the Irrawaddy First Burmese War Burma 1824
55. In Greek Waters Greek Independence Greece 1825
56. In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers Southwestern Adventure, Mexican, American US 1833
57. With the British Legion Carlist Wars Spain 1835
58. Queen Victoria Biography (complete) Great Britain 1837
59. The Sovereign Reader  Biography (incomplete) Great Britain 1837
60. The Curse of Carne’s Hold Kaffir War South Africa 1840
61. To Herat and Cabul First Afghan War Middle East 1840
62. The Treasure of the Incas Adventure Very Indiana Jones-ish Peru 1844
63. The Lost Heir Adventure, lip reading, deaf, death,  India 1846
64. All But Lost Volume I British Society Great Britain 1848
65. All But Lost Volume II British Society Great Britain 1850
66. Captain Bayley’s Heir California Gold Fields US 1850
67. Through the Sikh War Conquest of Punjab India 1850
68. All But Lost Volume III British Society Great Britain 1851
69. Out On the Pampas Mexican-American War S. America 1851
70. Redskin and Cow-Boy Western Adventure US 1851
71. Gabriel Allen, M.P. Adventure England 1854
72. Jack Archer Crimean War Russia 1854
73. Facing Death Coal Mines Great Britain 1855
74. In Times of Peril Indian Mutiny India 1856
75. The Queen’s Cup Yachting Adventure England 1856
76. Rujub, the Juggler
Indian Mutiny India 1856
77. A Search for a Secret Adventure, Search for a Will England 1856
78. In the Heart of the Rockies Western Life US 1860
79. With Lee in Virginia American Civil War US 1860
80. A Hidden Foe Adventure, Proving Inheritance England 1862
81. Out with Garibaldi Liberation of Italy Italy 1865
82. The March to Magdala Abyssinian Campaign Ethiopia 1867
83. Dorothy’s Double Franco-Prussian War Great Britain 1870
84. Maori and Settler Second Maori Rebellion New Zealand 1870
85. Sturdy and Strong English Society / Classes England 1870
86. A Woman of the Commune 
Franco-Prussian War France 1870
87. The Young Franc-Tireurs Franco-Prussian War France 1870
88. By Sheer Pluck Ashanti War Africa 1873
89. The March to Coomassie Ashanti War Africa 1873
90. For Name and Fame Second Afghan War Middle East 1879
91. Condemned as a Nihilist Escape from Siberia Europe 1880
92. The Young Colonists Zulu and Boer War South Africa 1880
93. The Young Midshipman Bombardment of Alexandria Egypt 1882
94. The Dash for Khartoum Nile Expedition Sudan 1885
95. Through Three Campaigns Tirah, Chitral, Ashanti India/Africa 1896
96. With Kitchener in the Soudan Battle of Atbara and Omdurman       Sudan 1898
97. With Buller in Natal Breaking out of the Second Boer War South Africa 1899
98. With Roberts to Pretoria South African War South Africa 1900
99. With the Allies to Pekin Boxer Rebellion China 1900

 

 

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Trish Corlew

Founder and Author at Live and Learn Farm
Trish has been married to her best friend, David, for 16 years and they have three sons (aged 13, 12 and 9). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. They also own a small business that Trish runs from home. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

Comments

  1. This is very helpful thank you! We are reading the cat of bubastes out loud for our history. My boys are 6, 4, and 1 so I’m glad we found these early in life. I’m not sure about all of them but we got our current book on our kindle for free through public domain. Another reason to love them!

  2. This is a wonderful resource to add to our homeschool! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Thank you!!! This will be so helpful since I am not familiar with all of his books, now I can just look at the time period we are studying and find the appropriate book.

  4. Can I just say a huge THANK YOU for this!!! We love the Henty books, use them almost every week for our history literature with my oldest. He is not an avid reader, but does enjoy Henty’s writing style. EXCELLENT resource!!

    • Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you stopping by and I am thrilled to hear that it will benefit your homeschool and son! That is such a blessing to hear! I see you joined our site too. I look forward to getting to know you! ~Trish

  5. I just found your site after a Google search regarding G.A. Henty. You have a great list, but need to correct one thing: The Dragon and the Raven is about the Viking Invasion, not Wulf The Saxon. And btw, I am in rural middle Tennessee. 🙂 We just graduated our oldest from homeschool (K-12!), a son who is an avid Henty reader and now planning to study history.

  6. Thanks for this list! My 12 y/o has read all of them, but not in chronological order. He is doing that for his British History class this year. I printed out your list and he is writing critiques as he goes. What a great resource!
    All the Best,
    Hilary at Wholesome Reads

  7. Natalie Ririe says:

    Thank you so much for putting this list together ! I am eager to dig in

  8. We are in the middle of For the Temple by GA Henty and we are loving it! Thank you for this list, exactly what I was looking for!

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