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The Lady and the Squire [Hardcover]

Terry Jones , Michael Foreman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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9 Nov 2000
Having left his village in 19th-century England--tired of learning Latin and digging ditches--Tom now finds himself in France employed as a squire to Henry, Duke of Lancaster. But Tom's job proves tedious, so when an encounter with the Man in Black presents an opportunity for escape, Tom again makes a dash for freedom. This time he is accompanied by the beautiful but troublesome Lady Emilia De Valois--and, of course, supported by his dear friend and ally Squire "Alan." Love is in the air as Tom continues his quest to become a knight in shining armor and to fulfill his dreams of tournaments won and distant lands traveled. But, as fortune would have it, Tom is called upon to use his talents to help the starving people of France and, with the giant Anton, is persuaded to make a detour to visit none other than Pope Innocent VI!

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chrysalis Children's Books; First Edition edition (9 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862054177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862054172
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have ever sat astride a man-eating shark and dangled bits of raw flesh in front of it as the creature starts to plunge down into the dark abyss of the sea, taking you with it, you'd have a pretty good idea of how Tom felt in his new job as a squire to Henry, Duke of Lancaster.
Looking for a spot of adventure with a dash of humour, a ripple of horror and even a droplet of history? Then it is probably time to take a little trip through Medieval France with the Tom and Ann as they get caught in the chaos of war, kidnap, cannibalism and (as if it were possible) much much more as they continue the not so illustrious journey they began in the superb The Knight and the Squire.

Terry Jones is on top form in this rollicking tale that delivers what it promises--a fine adventure story with a hefty dose of historical detail thrown in for good measure--with enviable(but nonetheless expected) aplomb, bringing the savagery and uncertainty of Medieval life into the spotlight while making excellent use of the familiar and superlative Terry Jones' wit.

This is a great book, and young, confident readers who enjoy a challenging and unusual read will revel in it. --Susan Harrison

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! 3 Oct 2001
By A Customer
This book is amazing. It makes you laugh, cry , feel excited, suprised, scared every emotion you could feel. A great book which I would recommend for kids aged 10+
Rebecca Age 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adventure 3 May 2009
This book is extremely educational about a period of history that very few people know, however the education is all wrapped up in a breathless whirl of adventure so you can't wait for more.

As another reviewer commented, this contains one truly horrifying moment that would not be suitable for young children (all the more because it was probably based on real events) and some deeply sad moments amid the madness.

The language is exquisite and it reads very well out loud.

Please Terry, can we have another Squire story?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lady and the Squire 23 July 2009
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This book is a rare combination of fact, fiction, the funny and the serious. I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of age. It uses clever language but is understandable by younger age groups. It gripped me into reading and only with great reluctance could I stop myself from turning the page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Encourages younger readers 28 Jun 2013
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Son likes Terry Jones very much. He has dyslexia yet finds the books readable and has read both in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel 22 Dec 2009
This is a very good sequel to The Knight and the Squire, and sees Tom taking centre stage as the hero of the tale (Alan was the most engaging character in the previous book, which is perhaps why he has been separated from Tom in this one). Tom and the eponymous lady, Emily, find themselves in many tight corners and escape through their ingenuity and daring. A vivid picture is painted of life in mediaeval France, and there is an impressive cast of baddies and oppressions. Stylistically, the book starts off shakily, with the author showing a strange preference for very short chapters, but he reverts to longer chapters as the book progresses, allowing for a greater build-up of tension and excitement. I and my 9-year old son really enjoyed this book, and we are hoping that the next volume (this one was published in 2000) will be out soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exiting escapade! 19 Aug 2001
By A Customer
'The Lady and the sqire'-what a brilliant 'escapade'!I enjoyed every ounce of it!I loved the seriousness,the humour and everything else!!!! I used to just read jk rowling and phillip pullman-now im naging my mum to buy me all of terry jones's books!!
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