The Peace Child

The Peace Child

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"A drawn sword lay on the table, with its point towards Alys. She looked at it and shivered, not only with cold. There were ten of the family around the table in the high, dark room. Their emotions seemed to Alys to vibrate in the air just as the light from the many candles shimmered and shook. There seemed to be anger there, and grief." Set in the fourteenth century, amidst the Peasants' Revolt and the Great Plague, this is the story of a spirited young girl torn between two hostile families. She is Alys, the Peace more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 142.24 x 218.44 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0192715607
  • 9780192715609

About Ann Phillips

Ann Phillips is the author of The Oak King and the Ash Queen and The Multiplying Glass. She lives in England where she enjoys gardening, wild flowers, reading, and the more

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When Alys discovers that she was traded at birth in the hope of alleviating a longstanding feud, she runs away from the country home of her foster family, the Butlers, to seek the wealthier Castells to whom she was born in London. Although Phillips admits that there is no evidence of such a practice in England, she - who was curious to know how such a creative way to reduce violence would work out - has been careful to choose a time "before there were adoption laws, and where blood feuds were still known." The 1380's (Chaucer's England) were full of incident, including the Peasants' Revolt and an outbreak of the Black Death. Phillips makes good use of both to add drama to her tale, which serves chiefly as a vehicle for a good deal of well-integrated social history. Alys is a spunky individual, and only a little too modern in her speech - as well as only a little too modern in her behavior - to be entirely plausible. Both families love and accept her, and she returns their regard; fortunately, she is never forced into a final choice, since in the end she is married to one of her foster brothers. A lively, competently written historical novel. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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