The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., a Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne
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The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., a Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne

By William Makepeace Thackeray
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The History of Henry Esmond is a historical novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, originally published in 1852. The book tells the story of the early life of Henry Esmond, a colonel in the service of Queen Anne of England. A typical example of Victorian historical novels, Thackeray's work of historical fiction tells its tale against the backdrop of late 17th- and early 18th-century England – specifically, major events surrounding the English Restoration — and utilises characters both real (but dramatised) and imagined.
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  • THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ.
    • A COLONEL IN THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ANNE WRITTEN BY HIMSELF By William Makepeace Thackeray
      • Boston, Estes and Lauriat, Publishers
    • PREFACE.
      • THE ESMONDS OF VIRGINIA.
  • THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND.
    • BOOK I
      • THE EARLY YOUTH OF HENRY ESMOND, UP TO THE TIME OF HIS LEAVING TRINITY COLLEGE, IN CAMBRIDGE.
    • CHAPTER I.
      • AN ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY OF ESMOND OF CASTLEWOOD HALL.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • RELATES HOW FRANCIS, FOURTH VISCOUNT, ARRIVES AT CASTLEWOOD.
    • CHAPTER III.
    • CHAPTER IV.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • MY SUPERIORS ARE ENGAGED IN PLOTS FOR THE RESTORATION OF KING JAMES II.
    • CHAPTER VI.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • I AM LEFT AT CASTLEWOOD AN ORPHAN, AND FIND MOST KIND PROTECTORS THERE.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • AFTER GOOD FORTUNE COMES EVIL.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • I HAVE THE SMALL-POX, AND PREPARE TO LEAVE CASTLEWOOD.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • I GO TO CAMBRIDGE, AND DO BUT LITTLE GOOD THERE.
    • CHAPTER XI.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • MY LORD MOHUN COMES AMONG US FOR NO GOOD.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
      • MY LORD LEAVES US AND HIS EVIL BEHIND HIM.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
      • WE RIDE AFTER HIM TO LONDON.
    • BOOK II.
    • CHAPTER I.
      • I AM IN PRISON, AND VISITED, BUT NOT CONSOLED THERE.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • I COME TO THE END OF MY CAPTIVITY, BUT NOT OF MY TROUBLE.
    • CHAPTER III.
      • I TAKE THE QUEEN'S PAY IN QUIN'S REGIMENT.
    • CHAPTER IV.
      • RECAPITULATIONS.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • I GO ON THE VIGO BAY EXPEDITION, TASTE SALT-WATER AND SMELL POWDER.
    • CHAPTER VI.
      • THE 29TH DECEMBER.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • I AM MADE WELCOME AT WALCOTE.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • FAMILY TALK.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • I MAKE THE CAMPAIGN OF 1704.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • AN OLD STORY ABOUT A FOOL AND A WOMAN.
    • CHAPTER XI.
      • THE FAMOUS MR. JOSEPH ADDISON.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • I GET A COMPANY IN THE CAMPAIGN OF 1706.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
      • THE CAMPAIGN OF 1707, 1708.
    • CHAPTER XV.
      • GENERAL WEBB WINS THE BATTLE OF WYNENDAEL.
    • BOOK III.
      • CONTAINING THE END OF MR. ESMOND'S ADVENTURES IN ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER I.
      • I COME TO AN END OF MY BATTLES AND BRUISES.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • I GO HOME, AND HARP ON THE OLD STRING.
    • CHAPTER III.
      • A PAPER OUT OF THE "SPECTATOR."
    • CHAPTER IV.
      • BEATRIX'S NEW SUITOR.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • MOHUN APPEARS FOR THE LAST TIME IN THIS HISTORY.
    • CHAPTER VI.
      • POOR BEATRIX.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • I VISIT CASTLEWOOD ONCE MORE.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • I TRAVEL TO FRANCE AND BRING HOME A PORTRAIT OF RIGAUD.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • THE ORIGINAL OF THE PORTRAIT COMES TO ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • WE ENTERTAIN A VERY DISTINGUISHED GUEST AT KENSINGTON.
    • CHAPTER XI.
      • OUR GUEST QUITS US AS NOT BEING HOSPITABLE ENOUGH.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • A GREAT SCHEME, AND WHO BALKED IT.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
      • AUGUST 1ST, 1714.
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