The Black Arrow/ Four Black Arrows for Four Black Hearts

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San Antonio, United States

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In the reign of “old King Henry VI” (1422–1461, 1470–1471) and during the Wars of the Roses (1455–1487) the story begins with the Tunstall Moat House alarm bell being rung to begin mustering troops for its absent lord Sir Daniel Brackley, who intends to join the Battle of Risingham. It is then that the “fellowship” known as “The Black Arrow” headquartered in Tunstall Forest begins to strike with its “four black arrows” for the “four black hearts” of Brackley and three of his retainers.

pencil and pen drawing inspired by
The Black Arrow
by
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Black Arrow tells the story of Richard (Dick) Shelton during the Wars of the Roses: how he becomes a knight, rescues his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtains justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in Tunstall Forest organized by Ellis Duckworth, whose weapon and calling card is a black arrow, cause Dick to suspect that his guardian Sir Daniel Brackley and his retainers are responsible for his father’s murder. Dick’s suspicions are enough to turn Sir Daniel against him, so he has no recourse but to escape from Sir Daniel and join the outlaws of the Black Arrow against him. This struggle sweeps him up into the greater conflict surrounding them all. The story of the Wars of the Roses is told in miniature by The Black Arrow.

Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes
G. K. Chesterton said of him that he “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.”

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  • JRGarland
  • GEORGE SANDERSON
  • Deborah Lazarus
  • SuddenJim
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