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If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket

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Young Simon, recently and tragically orphaned, becomes a scribe in the following of the exiled Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The uncertainty of the tumultuous years leading to the infamous cathedral slaying is heightened by Simon's separation from his twin Edmund, who is in the service of King Henry II. With an expert pen Barbara Willard deftly recounts events l ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by Bethlehem Books (first published May 1st 2000)
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Aug 14, 2015 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
An exciting story of the controversy over the governance of the church in
England in the 1100s between former friends Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and King Henry II. Portraying events through the eyes of twin brothers increases the appeal to younger readers and telling details of their lives conveys a sense of the time period. Though they exact cause of the disagreement and the details of the years of negotiating maybe be lost on some readers, St. Thomas' allegiance to God and the Pop
May 11, 2016 Holderofthemt rated it really liked it
A good historical fiction focused on the last years of Thomas Becket. It gives the reader a better understanding of the conflict between the church and state.
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Simon, Thomas Becket, was tragiccly orphaned. meanwhile, Thomas was a asssistant of a priest!
1.5 stars.

Quite frankly, Barbara Willard just needs to stop writing.
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Jan 28, 2013 Trish Watta rated it it was amazing
I read this aloud to my kids and they loved it. Lots of action and suspense.
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Barbara Mary Willard was born in Brighton, Sussex in 1909, and was educated at a convent school in Southampton. Her father was a Shakespearean actor; she absorbed Shakespeare from childhood and language was always important to her. Before the war she worked briefly as an actress and a playreader, before starting to write fiction. Barbara Willard wrote many adult novels before venturing into childr ...more
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