If All the Swords in England

If All the Swords in England

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Young Simon, recently and tragically orphaned, becomes a scribe in the following of the exiled Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The uncertainty of the tumultuous years leading to the infamous cathedral slaying is heightened by Simon's separation from his twin Edmund, who is in the service of King Henry II. With an expert pen Barbara Willard deftly recounts events leading to the bishop's martyrdom in 1170.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Bathgate, United States
  • English
  • 12ill.
  • 1883937493
  • 9781883937492
  • 212,803

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"I have at least half of your books and have recommended them to all my homeschooling friends (and others). Two years ago we read through Bethlehem history books and the details stuck! An added plus was that we enjoyed and looked forward to each reading and narration time."
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Review Text

Devoted twin brothers are separated when only one is accepted into the service of King Henry II, and the other is offered a position as scribe for Henry's enemy, the Archbishop, Thomas Becket. Refusing to obey tyrannical doctrines which challenge the power of God, Becket and his followers are exiled to France. No reconciliation seems possible, although the twins meet briefly when King Louis of France attempts to intervene in the quarrel. Unexpectedly King Henry suddenly recalls Becket to England, but his anger is later fanned by treacherous noblemen and in a drunken fury demands the death of the Archbishop, an order overheard by Edmund. He sets out for Canterbury but is too late. Becket is indeed murdered, but thereby attains sanctity. In telling this famous story, Miss Willard uses language intended to recreate the spirit of the era. The result however is stilted and makes for difficulty in following the plot. (Kirkus Reviews)
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