Rafael Sabatini

 

Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/Britishwriter of novels of romance and adventure.

He was born in Jesi, Italy to an English mother and Italian father. His parents were operasingers who became teachers.

When Rafael Sabatini is mentioned most people think of high adventure, sword-fighting and damsels in distress. This isn't surprising since his most famous works have been translated into the classic swashbuckling films The Sea Hawk, Scaramouche, and Captain Blood.

However, these three books represent a small fraction of Sabatini's work. A popular author during his lifetime, he produced 31 novels, 8 short novel/short story collections, 6 nonfiction books, numerous uncollected short stories, and a play. 

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From LibriVox:

1.  Captain Blood - Captain Blood is an adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in 1922. It concerns the sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician, who is convicted of treason in the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685, and enslaved on the Caribbean island of Barbados. He escapes and becomes a pirate. Captain Blood was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated swashbuckling film that rocketed Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland to stardom in Hollywood. The fast-paced historical fiction of Rafael Sabatini is often compared with that of Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas. 
    2.  Scaramouche - Scaramouche is a romantic adventure and tells the story of a young aristocrat during the French Revolution. His successive endeavors as a lawyer, politician, actor, lover, and buffoon lead his enemies to call him “Scaramouche” (also called Scaramuccia, a roguish character in the commedia dell’arte), but he impresses many with his elegant orations and precision swordsmanship. The later film version includes one of the longest, and many believe, best swashbuckling sword-fighting scenes ever filmed.
      3.  Sea Hawk - The Sea Hawk is a novel published in 1915. The story is set in the late 16th century, and concerns a Cornish sea-faring gentleman, Sir Oliver Tressilian, who is villainously betrayed by a jealous brother. After being forced to serve as a slave on a Spanish galley, Sir Oliver is liberated by Barbary pirates. He joins the pirates under the name “Sakr-el-Bahr”, the hawk of the sea, and swears vengeance against his brother.

      4.  The Tavern Knight - The exploits of Sir Crispin Galliard, also known as The Tavern Knight, in his defense of the King of England against Cromwell and his Puritan Entourage.

       

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