chapter  4
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Crusading warfare

Land and Syria delineated during the campaigns of 1799 and 1800; there were popular ballads about Smith's exploits and he featured in an anonymous poem entitled The Crusaders or The Minstrels of Acre (1808). Whilst its main theme was the Third Crusade, the poet looked ahead to future threats and English victories:

Sir Sidney was also an obvious hero for the adventure novel and he is a central figure in At Aboukir and Acre, a story about Napoleon's Egyptian campaign by George Alfred Henty, the doyen of the genre.