Hal O’ Ironsides — A Story of the Days of Cromwell, a Crockett’s last story.
Story of the dogs wo war between the Cavalier and the Roundheads in England.
A rip-roaring tale of the days of the great Oliver— days when the dogs of war were let loose in English meadows. When the unbeatable Ironsides invoked the spirit of the God of battles, and “the gallant of England struck home for the King.”
Crockett draws a splendid portrait of Cromwell. He depicts the stirring scenes of the struggle between Cavalier and Roundhead, with all the skill of an accomplished literary craftsman.
S. R. Crockett was a Scottish novelist who wrote over 40 works in the Kailyard School fashion, a style of writing developed in the late 1800s as a reaction against coarse representations of Scottish life. Crockett s contemporaries in the Kailyard School included J. M. Barrie, George MacDonald, and Ian Maclaren. Crockett s most popular work, The Raiders, captures the excitement and anxiety of Galloway smugglers. The Black Douglas was credited by J. R. R. Tolkien as an influence on his development of the character Sauron in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. S. R. Crockett died in France in 1914.