Rebels Fugitives Author:Frederick Grice Some of the people in this book were captured and put to death. Others acheived what they had set out to do. All of them, however, are still remembered as some of the most striking individuals in British history. As rebels and fugitives, fear and violence became part of their everyday lives, an in addition to explaining why their careers turned ... more »out the way they did, Frederick Grice shows what extraordinary qualities these men and women posessed.
Six of Mr. Grices characters- Caratacus, Boudica, Arthur, Hereward, Wallace, and Bruce- resisted foreign domination. The largest group were involved in attempts to overthrow the government. They met with varying succes. John Ball, Essex, Guido Fawkes, Montrose, Derwentwater and Padraic Pearse went to the scaffold; and John Hampden was killed before he had reached his goal. Both the future Charles II, however, and his grand-nephew, Bonnie Prince Charlie, escaped their pursuers. Robin Hood's reasons for opposing the authorities were more limited (and rewarding). There are other reasons than power and money why people become rebels or fugitives. Three chapters deal with those who were ready to sacrifice themselves for their beliefs- John Gerard, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Suffragettes, while a fourth relates Sir Winston Churchill's escape from the Boers. William Stobbs has illustrated fifteen of the most dramatic episodes with lively and accurate drawings.« less