The Cloister and the Hearth, by Charles Reade

Author’s Preface

A small portion of this tale appeared in Once a Week, July–September, 1859, under the title of “A Good Fight.”

After writing it, I took wider views of the subject, and also felt uneasy at having deviated unnecessarily from the historical outline of a true story. These two sentiments have cost me more than a year’s very hard labour, which I venture to think has not been wasted. After this plain statement I trust all who comment on this work will see that to describe it as a reprint would be unfair to the public and to me. The English language is copious, and, in any true man’s hands, quite able to convey the truth — namely, that one-fifth of the present work is a reprint, and four-fifths of it a new composition.


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