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The Load of Unicorn

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Also published as The Cargo of the Madalena.

Bendy, whose family runs a scrivener's shop in fifteenth-century London, solves the mystery when the master printer, William Caxton, fails to receive the paper shipped to him.
Published January 1986 by Puffin Books UK (first published 1959)
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Not many books are set in fifteenth-century London, but Cynthia Harnett manages to tell her story in a wholly unique and interesting fashion, blending history with fiction with a variety of illustrations maintaining interest, with an unprecedented result.

I had no difficulty or second thoughts in awarding Harnett five stars. She deserves all five of them. She does justice to the art of storytelling and the history, characters and places that inspired them. Bendy, so called after Benedictine, the
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Half the story is historical, and the author clarifies which parts those are. The morality was excellent, especially in that it shows how doing wrong really doesn't pay in the long run. Bendy is a very relatable character, the story is interesting and not too far-fetched, and the history fits well into the tale. As soon as I finished reading this I gave it to my 11-year-old brother with no hesitation.
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