(From the publisher):
"They may take away our country, they may kill our curés, they may destroy our churches, but they cannot take away our God!" Thus speaks one of Henty’s characters in this little-known story of the rising of the peasants of La Vendée against the tyranny of the "butchers of Paris," as the leaders of the French Revolution and their agents were called.
When Leigh Stansfield’s sister Patsey marries Jean Martin, the son of a French wine merchant, he joins the household at Nantes to learn the family trade. When Jean is denounced at the club, the trio flees to Jean’s estate in La Vendee, and becomes involved in the struggle against the Blues. Leigh forms a small patrol that becomes famous for its exploits of valour—including a prison rescue and a stout defense of a bridge against a large army of the Blues—and Jean joins the army of the peasants. When the cause is lost, Leigh and his sister, taking on various disguises, gradually make their way back to England, where Patsey is reunited with Jean, who has managed to escape by another route.
Original title: No Surrender!: A Tale of the Rising in La Vendée
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Europe