This is a wonderful historical-fiction that takes place in the time of fueds and war, but the messages of forgiveness, kindness, friendship, humility, and the influence that a child can have prevailed throughout the book.
This is a great book for immersing yourself in medieval history. We had to look up Richard the Fearless after reading the book and we learned a lot about him and Normandy, etc. The storyline is full of adventure and intrigue, while also showing the growth and polishing that Richard experiences through his adversities.
The Count of Harcourt came forward to Richard, bent his knee before him, took his hand, and said with a broken voice and heaving breast, “Richard, Duke of Normandy, I am thy liegeman and true vassal;” then rising from his knees while Rainulf de Ferrières went through the same form, the old man covered his face with his hands and wept aloud.
When eight-year-old Richard is thrust into the role of Duke of Normandy after his father’s tragic death, he has no idea of the danger that awaits him. The years following are fraught with challenges far beyond his years, but the Lord uses those experiences to bring young Richard to repentance and true humility. Readers young and old will appreciate this excellent historical fiction story filled with positive role models, sound historical facts, and an engaging plot.
This book is integrated with the High School 3 Language Arts Course.
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