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The Minstrel's Tale

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A rollicking adventure set in medieval England about a heroine who refuses to live by other people's rules.

Judith of Nesscliffe is 13 years old and her stepfather thinks it's time she married. Her future husband is at least 30 years older than she is and already has five daughters--some of them older than Judith. Now he wants a son and heir. Judith has other ideas. Wearing
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Hardcover, 247 pages
Published August 8th 2000 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Annie
Jun 26, 2009 Annie rated it it was ok
It's ok but the end came too fast. It's like the author ran out of paper and had to write a quick and dirty ending.
Rebecca
Mar 05, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Born into a noble family in 14th century England, Judith was sent to be educated at a convent after the death of her father and her mother's remarriage. Now thirteen, Judith has been summoned home by her stepfather becuase he feels it is time she got married. He arranges a marriage for her to an repulsive old widower with five daughters, some of whom are older than Judith. She has always longed to use her musical talent. So she cuts of her long hair, dresses in some of her dead brother's clothes ...more
Erin
Sep 07, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
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LeAnne
A first novel that is a bit modern in its viewpoint for the 14th century.
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Sep 21, 2014 Kara rated it really liked it
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Laura
Feb 04, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
This is a good book for a young female audience. The main part of the story focuses on a girl's journey to independence. There's not a lot of character or scene development, but it moves quickly. The ending is also kind of abrupt.
Bethany
Feb 28, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
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When I was young, I read this book several times. It was one of the only books I can ever remember re-reading. I still remember so much of the story, and I have so many fond memories of it. :) I'd love to read it again.
Kelly R
I read this book when I was really young, I remember loving it then, but I don't know If I still love it. I'll read it again =D

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Feb 11, 2012 KaDee rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but I thought that the ending was really abrupt.
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Good story but the ending felt rushed.
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