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The Little Duke (Yesterday's Classics) Paperback – July 15, 2007
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This historical novel deals with the childhood of Richard the Fearless, Duke of Normandy, son of William the Long Sword, father of Richard the Good, grandfather of Robert the Magnificent (also known as Robert le Diable, about whom Giaccomo Meyerbeer wrote an important opera), and great-grandfather of William the Conqueror. Richard has been relegated to a footnote in medieval French history, but his story is a fascinating one: becoming duke of Normandy at age nine after the assassination of his father, his sojourn at the French court as a vassel, liegeman, and hostage of the King, and his daring escape (engineered by Osmond de Centeville, the young knight who was his squire and the only Norman allowed to accompany him in his captivity) when it became clear that Richard's life was in danger.
Charlotte Yonge wrote a large number of books for both children and adults. Her children's books were generally intended to provide uplifting moral instruction by means of the example of heroic persons of the past, but they were well-written and did an admirable job of conveying a sense both of moral virtues such as courage and of the feel of a historical period. However instructive they were intended to be, Ms. Yonge refrained from preaching, moralizing, or pontificating, so her writing has worn well over the years.
Don't be daunted by the obscurity of the historical period (tenth century France.) The book is well worth reading to your children, particularly if they have an interest in history or are simply intrigued by a rousing true tale of adventure in a distant time.
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This is a wonderful book! My 8 year old son and I are reading this together and he is very engaged even though the language harks back to an earlier age. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Paliden
An EXCELLENT children's book with valuable lessons for people of all ages. My kids loved to draw each chapter as we read.Published 3 months ago by Jeremy Eklund
Enjoyed reading this story of a noble young boy to my own son. Excellent lessons in character for life set on a backdrop of medieval times.Published 5 months ago by Jaci Mun-Gavin
It was a slow start for my nine year old and I. By the middle we were enthralled with the Little Duke. Keep reading in small spurts if necessary. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Texas Mom
I have just read this book a second time and
I found it to a very inspiring. Wish all young moderns could read it.
Good book to learn more about our British History but a bit monotonous at times. The kids acted it out while I was reading it to them . Read morePublished 11 months ago by Natzbug
I read this aloud to my second-grader. Taken in small increments, this rich account of forgiveness is worth the read.Published 11 months ago by T
I'm so glad I found an ebook version of this classic. I did a book report on this in fourth grade and built a diorama of the scene where the king holds the duke up on the balcony. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Harris