Candle at Dusk

Candle at Dusk

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In spite of his recent betrothal and his fear of a Saracen invasion, an eighth-century Frankish boy obtains his father's skeptical permission to live for a time at the neighboring abbey in order to learn to read.show more

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  • Hardback | 158 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192712772
  • 9780192712776

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Life in the land of the Franks during the eighth century, seen in the boyhood experiences of Idrun, son of Berno and Aldis. The boy is something of an anomaly - he wants to learn "letters" from his friend, the librarian at Liguge Abbey. His father opposes the idea until Idrun shows courage in rescuing a servant girl from a wild boar; later Berno is even pleased that he granted his permission because the thirteen-year-old exposes a fraudulent tax collector. Idrun lives for a while at the abbey, also visits an inn and a hospice; he becomes better acquainted with his fiancee; and he lives through a time of near-starvation when the Saracens invade the area (732), until they are finally defeated at Tours by Duke Charles (Martel). The quality of life is ably recreated; if at times the story is slow-moving, it offers characters that breathe and belong in their setting. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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