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The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades Paperback – March 15, 2010
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The story takes place during the Third Crusade under King Richard I. It is very much historically accurate with one or two inconsequential exceptions for romantic purposes (e.g. SPOILER: the troubadour Blondel did NOT discover King Richard's prison). The day to day events of the story however were obviously well researched.
It is very much pro- King Richard and somewhat neutral on the subject of the Crusades themselves. However it was written for young people so it's no small wonder the saucy bits were left out. All in all, a nice, light way of gaining some heavy historical insight and knowledge.
In response to a certain CA State Reading Specialist:
I'm sure you'll never read this but--
G.A. Henty' s main publisher was the same one who published many of Jules Verne' s novels, amongst others. So hardly self- published.
As for Henty' s "attempt" at writing "old English" please look up when the book in question was published...
And to anyone interested who wants to become a CA State Reading Specialist, the application is online.
Will the earl to war (Crusades) under King Richard and take Cuthbert as his page? The author provides great history on the previous crusades.
Whilst on the island of Sicily, Cuthbert overhears a plot to "disappear" Princess Berengaria. Can he and the other men save her when the abduction happens?
King Richard is absolutely furious when Princess Berengaria and Queen Noverra are captured by the king of Cyprus and sets off to rescue them. With the marriage between King Richard and the princess now celebrated it is time to continue on to Jerusalem. The fierce battle at Acre brings victory but the victory at Azotus is short lived. King Richard bestows knighthood on Cuthbert, 16, after he helped to save his life. Anyone that knows history will realize that this was an exceptional circumstance as knighthood was not usually granted until the age of 21.
Follow Cuthbert as he is captured and taken into slavery. Never giving up his character reminded me a little of Joseph in the Bible. The adventure is far from over though as he does escape. Who will he meet in the caves? You'll have to read the book to find out how. Exciting!
On October 11th, 1192 King Richard leaves Palestine. They deliberately separate into smaller groups. What happens on the way home? More adventures.
Our 12 year old son and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book. The chapters are all about 20 minutes long. The story was interesting as were the characters. You were really drawn into Cuthbert's life and battles. He had a quick mind and his schemes (logic) were helpful in many, many incidences. He never gave up even when he was facing the gallows and always acted the gentleman. The first rescue of Lady Margaret was not the last! FABULOUS READ!
Please note that there are NO pictures in the Kindle version of this book. It really did not affect the reading though as the descriptions were so well done that your imagination did the rest.
My favorite thing about this and all his books so far is the characters he developed into history. It is fiction, but I've learned so much about the events in general also. His books are enjoyed by adults but would be appropriate for younger readers too.