Cornet Strong of Ireton’s Horse: An Episode of the Ironsides
17th Century England: A country ripped apart by civil war.
The Parliamentarians and the Royalists are fighting a bloody battle for control.
Nathan Standish, a young Parliamentarian, fights for the liberation of England from the hands of the King. He has seen Englishmen tortured for daring to claim their freedom of thought, and the King has shown no pity.
Now he will stop at nothing to fight for the cause he believes in.
But the journey ahead of him and his fellow Puritans is a treacherous one.
They must march across difficult terrain, constantly aware of the presence of their enemy and the raking fire from the Castle guns.
When the bitter winter sets in, their numbers are decimated, with many dying of starvation and cold.
After sustaining a serious injury in battle, Standish is captured by the Royalists and taken their prisoner.
In the cold, dark prison cell, all grand ideas about justice and liberty – the causes for which he had been fighting – seem distant.
Cornet Strong comes valiantly to save him.
But does he stand a hope of making it out there alive?
And what happens when the beguiling young Irishwoman Eileen O’Neil captures his attention?
Can he reconcile the desires of his heart with the country and cause that he so loves?
Praise for Dora Greenwell McChesney:
“A striking and powerful story.” – Standard
Dora Greenwell McChesney (d. 1912) was an American historical novelist, noted for her heroes defending lost causes and a lifelong romance with the seventeenth century. Born in Illinois, as a child she left America with her mother and resided across Europe before eventually settling in England, in a cottage on the Essex coast.