Benjamin Disraeli: Tancred

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Tancred, or The New Crusade (1847) is the third novel in Benjamin Disraeli’s Young England Trilogy, preceded by Coningsby, or The New Generation (1844), and Sybil, or The Two Nations (1845). The hero’s name likely derives from Tancred, Prince of Galilee, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, who claimed to be the first crusader to enter Jerusalem when it fell in 1099. The novel opens with the coming of age of Tancred, Lord Montacute, the only child of the Duke and Duchess of Bellamont. Pressed by his father to enter Parliament, Tancred astonishes his doting parents by announcing plans to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. While searching for a suitable yacht for the voyage, Tancred i…

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Clausson, Nils. "Tancred". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 February 2012
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