The Peace Child

The Peace Child

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An historical novel set in the 14th century amidst the Peasants' Revolt and the Great Plague, this is the story of a young girl torn between two hostile families.show more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 120 x 200mm | 220g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192716956
  • 9780192716958

Review Text

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