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Belle's Song by K.M. Grant
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Dec 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-historical-fiction, language-english, genre-ya-kids, time-late-middle-ages, setting-british-isles
Read from March 09 to 20, 2011

Nice little tale well worth reading.

Some people have pointed out inaccuracies, and indeed some things surprised me - the use of spectacles (though I found indeed they were indeed already used at this time, though I doubt a alchemists son could get by them so easily) and wheelchairs (apparently not invented yet, not by far) and the fact a bellfounders daughter would be able to read, own books, and especially, write a story such as this with intimate details on herself. Or the mere idea a bellfounders daughter could take over her fathers business - I doubt this was even allowed. Though this is indeed odd, I found it does not mean that the story is not marvelous and a pleasure to read.

My one objection is that the book does not contain historical notes and/or an authors afterword like most historical novels based on true characters do. Such notes could have explained about the reason for the aforementioned inaccuracies - or perhaps accuracies, if I'm mistaken. I recognized characters like Chaucer, king Richard and De Vere. Despite having been to Canterbury I have never actually read The Canterbury Tales (for shame!) and I probably am not the only one left wondering which parts of the novel are based on actual historical happenings, (other) people I have (not) heard of before and the Tales themselves, and which parts are pure fiction. I was reading up on the Tales on Wikipedia and found something about a Millers Tale, which just made my curiosity grow... yes, if this gets a reprint, authors notes are desperatly needed.

Still, well recommended.
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