Treasury of Heroes and Heroines cover

Treasury of Heroes and Heroines

Clayton Edwards

1. Buddha
2. Julius Caesar
3. Saint Patrick
4. King Arthur of Britain
5. Mohammed
6. Alfred the Great
7. Robin Hood
8. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
9. Dante
10. Robert Bruce
11. Jeanne D'Arc
12. Christopher Columbus
13. William the Silent
14. Queen Elizabeth of England
15. Sir Francis Drake
16. Henry Hudson
17. Peter the Great
18. George Washington
19. John Paul Jones
20. Molly Pitcher
21. Napoleon Bonaparte
22. Giuseppe Garibaldi
23. Abraham Lincoln
24. Grace Darling
25. Florence Nightingale
26. Father Damien
27. Catherine Breshkovsky
28. Theodore Roosevelt
29. Edith Cavell
30. King Albert of Belgium
31. Maria Botchkareva
32. William Tell
33. Don Quixote

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It would be pleasant indeed to gather the characters of this book together and listen to the conversation of wholly different but interested couples—for this is a book of contrasts and has been written as such. Lives of the most dramatic and adventurous quality have been gathered from all corners of the earth, and from every age in history, in such a way that they may cover the widest possible variety of human experience. The publishers believe that such a book would not be complete without some characters that are no less real because they have lived only in the minds of men. No explanation is needed for semi-historical characters like King Arthur, Robin Hood and William Tell, while Don Quixote, the Prince of Madness, and Rip Van Winkle, the Prince of Laziness, have been included, not because they were essentially heroic in themselves (although Don Quixote might well have claimed the laurel) but because they became heroes in the opinion of others through the very qualities that brought about their downfall. As involuntary heroes, they furnish a pleasant contrast to the more serious, actual and transcendental figures of saints, martyrs, warriors, discoverers and statesmen with which these pages are filled; they enrich the "Treasury," widen its range of colors and perform the necessary function of court jesters in the Hall of Fame.