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The Writing On The Hearth
Stephen, stepson of a plowman, who dreams of going to Oxford University as a poor scholar, finds his future jeopardized by witchcraft and political intrigue in fifteenth-century England.
Published 1971 by Methuen Children's Books
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Always enjoy books depicting medieval times and this one does a pretty good job showing the life of the wealthy and the poor as it explores the times of the early to mid 1400s through the story of Stephen whose father was servant to one of the Lords of the time and died in his service. Consequently, Stephen who obviously has intelligence--both for book learning and street savvy-- is given the opportunity to learn to read and write--a skill that enhances his opportunities throughout the years.
Wonderful account of memorable youth and historical characters in 15th century England. During the 100 years war with France, after the battle England won against Joan of Arc and just before the War of the Roses. Includes Dame Alice Chaucer (granddaughter of the poet Geoffrey, Duke Humphrey of Gloucester (trusted but later executed protector of the young King in Shakespeare’s King Henry VI) Vividly portrays the daily life of some of the people. Major theme: discerning good from evil in people (s ...more
After reading over 50% of the book, I found myself wondering why I was reading this. Nothing like the 'exciting story full of magic' as it was described, this book was rather boring and without any excitement whatsoever. Nothing noteworthy happened in the 120 pages that I read (let alone any magic) and there were so many characters with difficult names that I could not keep them apart. Too bad.