With Fire and Sword

With Fire and Sword

Book - 1991
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Tells the story of soldiers and ordinary citizens caught up in the Cossack Revolt in 1640 Poland.
Publisher: Fort Washington, Pa. : Copernicus Society of America ; New York : Hippocrene Books [distributor], c1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780870529740
Branch Call Number: SIEN
Characteristics: xvi, 1135 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 17, 2018

I went into this without any background whatsoever in Polish history (much less Polish culture in the 1600s), but this book absolutely captivated me. It's a historical epic on a grand scale, with wonderful characters whose loves and lives drew me in. It's like reading the best kind of Dumas adventure, but set in a wild world of hussars, Cossacks, Tartars.

Not light reading (in the strictest sense), since it's a dense book, but I ended up carting it with me everywhere regardless, simply because I couldn't put it down.


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