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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (30 Dec. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1782950915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782950912
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, the daughter of a naval officer. At the age of two she contracted the progressively wasting Still's disease, and hence spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Her first children's book was published in 1950, and from then on she devoted her time and talents to the writing of children's historical novels, which have placed her name high in the field of contemporary children's literature. Rosemary received an OBE in the 1975 Birthday Honours List.

Rosemary Sutcliff's novels about Roman Britain have won much critical acclaim. The best-known of these is her The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, of which the second book in the trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

Sadly, Rosemary died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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An epic historical tale from the acclaimed award-winning author, Rosemary Sutcliff.

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Randall is an unloved and unwanted orphan kennel boy at Arundel Castle. And then, one fateful day, he upsets the new Lord’s mettlesome horse.

Against the violent, greedy and turbulent backdrop of Norman England, Rosemary Sutcliff tells the moving story of a young, badly treated boy who is wagered and won in a game of chess between a lord and a minstrel …

Once again Rosemary Sutcliff brings her unique storytelling gift to an exciting and absorbing story.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on 13 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book from time to time over the last four decades. I think it moves more now that I have a greater expeience of life. It is for me the best of Rosemary Sutcliff's books. It is the story of Randal a half Saxon dog boy rescued from a cruel master and his redemption in the care of a Norman knight and in the friendship of Bevis the knight's grandson. Randal grows into a man and pays the price of love and the price of honour. The places and the people are fully evoked in descripton and narrative and authentic to the period due to resarch that must have been a labour of love. Happy reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NARV on 20 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Knight's fee is a coming-of-age story set in Norman England. As usual, Sutcliff's articulate descriptions of place and atmosphere make the book immensely readable, and her eye for the feeling of the time (if not historical accuracy), is present throughout. The plot itself is fairly straight-forward, and into it Sutcliff weaves extra detail, for instance a beguiling piece of amber brought back by a Viking trader and an ancient barrow. The writing buzzes with Sutcliff's clear enjoyment of landscape.

To an extent the book has dated. The story is still enjoyable but the friendship of the two main characters, Randal and Bevis, seems very earnest by today's standards, at times verging on saccharin. To begin with, there was a great deal of friction between the two characters, and it was a shame that this was entirely replaced by extreme sincerety. However, this did not prevent it from being a moving story, and continually entertaining.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
Knight's Fee is a beautifully told story about an orphaned dog-boy who, by a twist of fate, is brought up with a Lord's son. In many places it is sad but it is also very warm. Even those who do not like historical stories should love this. Every character is perfectly formed and the description is incredibly vivid.
A beautiful, beautiful book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Marzillier on 13 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I first read this book as a child and it has stayed with me ever since. The story of Randal, a mistreated Saxon boy, who is brought up by a Norman knight alongside his grandson, is a masterpiece. The friendship between Randal and Bevis is beautifully written and the descriptions of England at the time of the Crusades are magical.

As with many of Sutcliff's books, it is about duty, friendship and honour, with an ending that will no doubt leave many readers with a lump in their throat.
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