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NOW IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE FOR ORDER - The Life of Marek Zaczek Volume 1

Orders to be shipped by mid-May

1772 - 1797 A Peasant Boy Grows to be a Man in a Most Incredible Period of World History

This twenty-five year period was one of the most eventful in world history, with three major and most remarkable changes to the status quo. First, in North America, the American Colonists successfully wrest their independence from Britain, with France shortly afterwards tearing itself asunder in the bloodiest Revolution Europe had, up until that time, ever faced. Finally, further east, the Empires of Russia, Prussia and Austria consume the independent Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania in three criminal partitions.

All the while, a peasant boy born amidst the snowy fields of an estate near the town of Wieliczka, just south of Kraków, grows to become a man. His father works in the salt mines, and his mother as a servant in the Duke's manor house. As Marek grows, he dreams only of three things: the past power of the once feared Polish Winged Hussars; to one day ride into battle as an Uhlan cavalier for his country; and to gain the hand in marriage of his beloved Maya Manuska.

This novel is rich in characters from the fictional Marek, his conflicted mother Magda, the greedy Szlachta Duke Sdanowicz, and the Austrian Count Maximilian Von Arndt to the historical figures of Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Maria Theresa of Austria. Also, the Europeans who were to crucial in the success of America's Revolution - Casmir Pułaski, Tadeusz Kościuszko, and the Marquis de LaFayette - are all here as well. Marek Zaczek Vol. 1 guarantees an exciting and memorable read that will keep you on the edge of whatever seat you most enjoy reading in!

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