Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell

Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell

by Jack Batten

NOOK Book(eBook)

$10.99
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

Dutiful nurse, hospital matron, courageous resistance fighter, Edith Cavell was all of these. A British citizen, the forty-eight-year-old Cavell was matron of an institute for nurses in the suburbs of Brussels at the outbreak of World War I. Dedicated to the methods of Florence Nightingale, her intelligence and ferocious sense of duty had transformed the institute into a leading training center.

When the Germans captured Belgium in the fall of 1914, an organization was formed to assist British and French soldiers trapped behind German lines. Edith was asked to help and she didn’t hesitate. From that moment forward, Edith sheltered escaping soldiers in her hospital, using trickery to keep the suspicious Germans from discovering them. She helped arrange a secret route to neutral Holland and back to England at great personal risk, enabling soldiers of all ranks to slip through German lines. Using the institute as part of an elaborate Allied escape route, Edith Cavell was responsible for one thousand soldiers eventually making their way home.

But Cavell’s role was discovered and a German military court put her on trial in Brussels, where she was sentenced to be executed by firing squad. On October 12, 1915, she put on her nurse’s uniform and met her fate, immediately becoming a worldwide martyr and rallying point for the British in their war against Germany.

In this riveting account, author Jack Batten brings an incredibly brave woman and her turbulent times to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770490055
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 05/08/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 923,057
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Jack Batten is a well-known author, journalist, reviewer, and radio personality. He has written over thirty books on subjects that include biography, crime fiction, law and court cases, and sports. Jack Batten’s first career was as a lawyer. After four years, he turned to writing. He has been a staff writer at Maclean’s Magazine and the Star Weekly. Batten has written for many magazines, including Chatelaine, Rolling Stone, and Toronto Life. He has written radio plays for the CBC and a jazz column for The Globe and Mail. Nowadays, Jack Batten writes books and reviews crime novels for The Sunday Star. The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone is Jack’s most recent book, for which he was nominated for the Norma Fleck Award for nonfiction, the biggest prize in Canadian Children’s literature.

Table of Contents


Edith's Narrow Escape     1
Edith Finds Nursing     7
The Woman Who Invented Nursing     17
Nurse Edith     25
Edith Takes Charge     33
The War to End All Wars     43
Edith's Fateful Choice     53
The Secret Network     67
Worry     77
The Germans Close In     87
The Trial     103
Edith's Legacy     119
Selected Bibliography     127
Acknowledgments     128
Index     129

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews