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A sweeping historic drama based on the true life adventures of Baron Christoph de Graffenried, founder of New Bern North Carolina. From the castles of 18th century Switzerland, to the opulent British court, to the wilds of colonial North Carolina, "Knight of the Purple Ribbon" is filled with action and romance, set against such historic events as Cary's Rebellion. In thisA sweeping historic drama based on the true life adventures of Baron Christoph de Graffenried, founder of New Bern North Carolina. From the castles of 18th century Switzerland, to the opulent British court, to the wilds of colonial North Carolina, "Knight of the Purple Ribbon" is filled with action and romance, set against such historic events as Cary's Rebellion. In this amazing tale of the New World Christoph struggles to carve a settlement out of the wildness, with his spirited and beautiful bride at his side....

Title : Knight of the Purple Ribbon
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ISBN : 9781481274890
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 282 Pages
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Knight of the Purple Ribbon Reviews

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-05-15 02:23

    I thought this was supposed to be historical fiction for adults, but it read like something written for 8-year olds. I had high expectations for the book because the author had added it to so many listopias - hundreds, probably, if not billions. After completing the free preview I knew I would not be able to continue with such a banal novel.

  • Karen Perkins
    2019-05-18 19:21

    Knight of the Purple Ribbon is a character-driven historical novel following the fortunes of Christoph, an unhappy, eldest son of the Swiss Baron von Graffenreid. In his 40s, he has spent his entire life following his domineering father's wishes/commands, putting his own desires and ambitions to one side, yet still never living up to expectations.When he is disinherited at a family gathering, he decides to become his own man, forgoing his father's generous allowance and setting sail to America to make his own life and fortune. He picks up a new wife on the way, then overcomes a multitude of challenges to establish New Bern in North Carolina. This is a well-researched and detailed portrait of a tumultuous time in history , and the author has cleverly reflected the writing style of the Eighteenth Century, lending authenticity to a tale that is based on fact. This era and the emigration of a wide variety of people to the New World is something that fascinates me, and I enjoyed looking at it from the Switzer/German Protestant viewpoint; even more so as it is based on the author's ancestral history and she is right to be so proud of him.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-18 20:47

    Driving through the town of New Bern, NC these days it is easy to forget the hardship and travails of the people who struggled to settle the land. Jennifer Lafferty has taken the time to research the history and relay it in a tale of the characters who made it happen. Just like today, there are those with virtue and goodness and ones who want to stir the pot, and lots in between. Cultures clash, lovers find each other, dreams are dashed and fulfilled. It is also sobering to realize how very difficult it was to travel thousands of miles and start from nothing. Great read for those who love history and the people who make it.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-12 21:20

    I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel! It dealt with a piece of the settling of the United States (North Carolina) that I really knew nothing about. It takes on personal interest to me because many Germanic families (German, Swiss, etc.) established colonies in North Carolina as they had had to flee their homelands because of religious persecutions of the Protestants by the Catholics. My own family also left Germany in the 1840's and 1850's because of similar religious persecutions they were facing. I have seen many of these family members showing up in North Carolina and now I am more sure of why that was. There seemed to be a number of extraneous things that were introduced into the story and then dropped. I am not sure if the book is to be part of a series that ties up these pieces. That would be the single criticism I would have for the book. A pleasant read!

  • Jolynn
    2019-05-08 20:24

    This book made history fun and interesting. It's amazing all the first settler's went through, to start up a town in the early days of the United States. Especially in the Baron Christoph and his young wife Jane, both being raised in wealthy, high class families. It's exciting to hear about all they went through to survive, and to help all the settler's in New Bern.I was lucky enough to have the audio book format. Which is great for me, because of health issues. It is also good for people who don't think they have time to sit down and read a book. Also nice to listen to while commuting. I didn't really like the narrator's voice, it was sometimes monotone. For the most part the book was interesting.

  • Lori
    2019-05-05 19:47

    An enjoyable read. Good character development in the first chapter. Excellent quick read!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light historical fiction.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-25 02:24

    A good read (or listen) for North Carolinians!! Especially those of the New Bern areaI volunteered to listen-for-review this historical fiction novel of Baron Christoph de Graffenried, founder of New Bern, North Carolina. I am a fan of audio books, not much of a fan of non-fiction, but a fan of historical romance. This book made history interesting and fascinating as it focused on the movement of the Swiss/Germany refugees coming to the new world.To that end, I eagerly jumped into this four-hour audio book and found myself interested in the story of the founder of and founding of New Bern, North Carolina (a city and area so often the center of Nicholas Spark novels). Though the story is described as a historical fiction with action, adventure and romance, the adventure is present, as is intrigue, rather than "action" and the romance is far from romantic. That the main character loves his new wife does not make the story a romance.While I enjoyed the story, the history of New Bern and the biography of Christoph de Graffenried, the reader left much to be desired, and much to be appreciated by other readers. The reader's voice was monotone, lacking in emotion/feeling called for in the dialogue consistent with the scenes. The reader read too fast, read through periods, did not pause for commas, had noticeable mispronunciations and sounded more computer-generated than human in his rhythm.Had I read the book for review, I would rate the book a 4-star. Instead, I am rating the audio bookand must take off for the reader's negative impact on my listening experience.It is somewhat awkward to admit, I do not understand the title of this book. I do not know the meaning of the purple ribbon or it's connection to New Bern. I assume that the "knight" was Baron Christoph, as he did rise above his reputation of irresponsibility and unreliability to being this new community and its citizens through the hardships of colonial life, lying thieves and irate Native Americans.

  • Kathryn Parry
    2019-04-28 00:49

    Strange ending, it felt like it cut off in middle of chapter. But I liked the story even though it was a little dull.