During the 19th century, when Poland was undergoing political strife, its most popular writer was Henryk Sienkiewicz, who was successful as a journalist despite criticizing the German rulers. He would earn a Nobel Prize in 1905 for "outstanding merits as an epic writer."
Sienkiewicz mastered historical novels that vividly put readers in places as distinct as 17th century Poland and Ancient Rome. He is still well regarded today for novels like "With Fire and Sword", "The Deluge", “Quo Vadis”, and "Fire in the Steppe".
One of the historical novels was The Knights of the Cross, a reference to Teutonic Knights. This edition of Sienkiewicz’s The Knights of the Cross is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with pictures of Sienkiewicz, his life and work.