Memoirs of a cavalier, PDF book or, a military journal of the wars in Germany and the wars in England

Memoirs of a cavalier, or, a military journal of the wars in Germany and the wars in England (1908) by Daniel Defoe

Memoirs of a cavalier

The "Memoirs of a Cavalier" were published in May 1720, three weeks only after the appearance of "Duncan Campbell." The full title of the original edition, which bore no date, was, " Memoirs of a Cavalier; or, a Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Year 1632 to the Year 1648. Written threescore years ago, by an English Gentleman, who served first in the Army of Gustavus Adolphus, the glorious King of Sweden, till his death, and after that in the Royal Army of King Charles the First, from the beginning of the Rebellion to the end of the War." The book must have been ready for the press when " Duncan Camp bell" appeared, at the latest; it purports to have been written "threescore years ago" that is, not later than the Restoration. Elsewhere the data is carried back to 1651, or earlier. The first question, then, that has to be considered is whether Defoe's work is in reality based upon a contemporary manuscript narrative; and this question leads to the other great problem connected with the book, viz., Who was the cavalier whose adventures are here described?

It will be convenient, for the facility of reference, to give a brief summary of the main incidents of the Cavalier's life as set forth in the Memoirs. It will then be easy to judge the plausibility of any theory which may be put forth." It may suffice the reader," says the Cavalier, " without being very inquisitive after my name, that I was born in the county of Salop, in the year 1608." His father, a gentleman of means, lived six miles from "the town." Being a second son, the Cavalier was cared fully taught, and was sent to " College," Oxford,

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