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Emma Leslie Church History Series

Before the Dawn
Before the Dawn
A Tale of Wycliffe and Huss

by Emma Leslie

Illustrated by Norman Rult, J. D. Watson &
Edward Whymper

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Story Synopsis

   Dame Ursula welcomes the visits of a kindly blacksmith to her crippled grandson, Conrad, but soon becomes suspicious that the blacksmith and his friend, Ned Trueman, are followers of John Wycliffe and his evil "heresy". Conrad, meanwhile, wonders why all the remedies of the Church fail to cure him, and also why he doesn't have a father like other boys. As he studies to become a famous Doctor of the Church, Conrad has the opportunity to hear Wycliffe preach, and then when he returns to his native Bohemia, he learns of the preaching of John Huss as well. Will Conrad accept these dangerous new ideas of Wycliffe and Huss? And will he ever find out what happened to his father?

Story Setting:  England and Bohemia in 1382 - 1453 A.D.
Notable People and Events:  Wycliffe, Huss, Geoffrey Chaucer, Council of Constance
Originally published in 1880; 250 pages; For Ages 12 - Adult

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   "I read Before the Dawn to my 12-year-old son, 10-year-old daughter, and 8-year-old daughter, and all of them enjoyed the story on different levels."  -  Kendra Fletcher, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine  Read the full review

Emma Leslie (1837-1909), whose actual name was Emma Dixon, was a prolific Victorian children's author who wrote over 100 books. Emma Leslie brought a strong Christian emphasis into her writing and many of her books were originally published by the Religious Tract Society.

Also by Emma Leslie:

Junior Church History Series
For Merrie England
Hilda the Briton
The Magic Runes
Soldier Fritz
Through Stress and Strain

Church History Series
At the Sign of the Golden Fleece
The Captives
Constancia's Household
Daybreak in Italy
Dearer Than Life
Elfreda the Saxon
Faithful, But Not Famous
From Bondage to Freedom
Glaucia the Greek Slave
Gytha's Message
The Hermit of Livry
Lady Cecily
Leofwine the Monk
The Martyr's Victory
Out of the Mouth of the Lion
Sowing Beside All Waters

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