Orange and Green

Orange and Green

A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick

by G. A. Henty
Publisher: Robinson Curriculum
Library Binding, 261 pages
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Historical Setting: Ireland, 1688-1690 A. D.

Walter Davenant, a Catholic, and his Protestant friend, John Whitefoot, find themselves on opposite sides in James II's war to retain the throne of Ireland against the challenger, William of Orange. Caught up in a war in which each side is hampered by poor leadership and foreign influence, Walter and John demonstrate that friendship is stronger than politics or religious partisanship. Walter helps John feed the starving children during the siege of Derry, and later defends Mrs. Conyers and her daughter, also Protestants, when their house is attacked by mercenaries from William's army. Walter's adventures include several hair's-breadth escapes—one from the Rapparees and another from a Dublin mob—and an eleventh-hour reprieve of an order for his execution by Ginckle, William's Dutch general.

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  Very Interesting
Happy Homemaker of Oregon, 12/28/2011
One thing I like about G.A. Henty is that he does not hesitate to put his hero on the losing side if he thinks that side was in the right. In Orange and Green, he actually has a hero on each side, but our sympathies are with the Irish, nonetheless.
This is one of the more engaging of Henty books. We follow two young friends, a Catholic and a Protestant, through many exciting adventures as they fight on their respective sides while also showing the best qualities of their religion.