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If you have a soft spot for swashbuckling like me, give The Strolling Saint. After previously reading Sabatinis three most popular novels, Captain Blood, The Seahawk, and Scaramouche, my thirst for more swordplay and daring adventure was limited by the current availability of Sabatinis 28 other novels. I was lucky enough to find The Strolling Saint tucked away at a small local library, a 1925 edition, will fragile yellowed pages and the characteristic look of early 20th century novels. Sabatini usual themes of justice and revenge are mixed with pretty blatant commentary on lust and promiscuity, piousness, and religious self-deprivation. The plot centers around “the confessions of the high and mighty Agostino dAnguissola..., who was made a votive offering to God while in utero, and baptized and raised in his mothers strange brand of ascetic Catholicism. Agostino’s father however, was a leading rebel in the Italian Campaign towards the end of the Italian Wars of 1521-1526, and had fought against the Papal authorities which Agostino’s mother submitted and vowed her son to. The story unfolds as the naive and insulated Agostino leaves his mother’s compound and is exposed to all the vulgarity and corruption of 16th century catholic Italy. Agostino is caught between the world of stark piousness and one of lust and passion, and eventually finds the “middle way” after allying with his father’s old cause. He eventually claims his rightful position as Lord of Moldofino, and dispenses justice to those who wronged his father and himself. It’s a fun novel, with some interesting commentary on the church, false piousness, and lust. A good read for anyone who loves old time adventures.
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