The Gauntlet (Oxford Children's Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Jan 1999
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'It continues to epitomise the thrill of reading itself' (The Book Bag)
'The Gauntlet provided an escape from dull post-war Britain into a world of knights, banquets and jousting. It will most definitely have the same appeal to young readers today. (Historical Novel Society)
'The story is still fresh and appealing ... features the original black and white illustration which bring the story and era vividly to life. It is an exciting read' (Carousel (The Guide to Children's Books)) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A welcome reissue of this much-loved classic story. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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What's such a shame is that Welch's even better book - Knight Crusader - is now out of print and impossible to find. That had an immense amount of historical detail and a gripping narrative.
Peter Staunton and his friend Gwyn Evans are on holiday in the Brecon Beacons, when they come across a rusted gauntlet. Once Peter puts it on, he hears noises, such as horses and the sounds of battle. The boys are lost and, once Gwyn finds the way, the two boys hurry back and the gauntlet is forgotten. However, that evening, Peter discovers others have had similar experiences and, when he falls asleep in the gardens of Carreg Cennen Castle, he wakes to find himself in medieval times.
This is ideal reading for any children who are interested in medieval history or castles. There are jousts, feasts, archery, hawking and all sorts of adventures which will appeal to boys in particular. Although I am sure that many girls will also find this interesting, there are no female main characters. It will obviously depend on your child - when I was young, I was perfectly happy reading books with only boy characters, but I know that my eight year daughter is not keen on any book unless there are strong female lead characters in the story. So, it is just something to be aware of and you can decide whether or not it will be an issue for your children.
What there is in this book is a thrilling story, a good adventure and lots of historical facts thrown in.Read more ›
Peter Staunton, a young, clearly upper-middle class boy, and his ditto friend Gwyn, are staying with Gwyn's uncle `in the Welsh Mountains'. As Gwyn (devoted to things scientific) and Peter (drawn to history) walk in the ruins of an ancient Norman Castle, Carrag Cennen, Peter discovers a medieval gauntlet, which has the mysterious power, as he later discovers, to take him back in time to 600 years ago.
To aid the young (or even the adult) reader, Gwyn's uncle and the friendly local vicar, history buffs both (like the author) offer twentieth century instruction on the Normans and their battles with Welshmen and women whose lands they had captured. Very fortunately for Peter this advance tuition does happen before he does, in the end, go back in time, preventing him from making a complete idiot of himself.
Gwyn's Uncle and the friendly Rev do also manage to darkly tell the boys about certain local myths which will explain why and how Peter has the mysterious gauntlet experience, since it turns out he is descended directly from the de Blois Norman knights whose castle it was. And, surprise, surprise, once back in time, he also meets a boy who looks remarkably like Gwyn but is the son of the main Welsh chieftain, active in resisting those Norman Conquests in his area.Read more ›
Ronald Welch is still remembered for his books following the Carey family down the ages but his best book is probably Knight Crusader which begins the Carey saga.The Gauntlet is a stand alone novel and probably aimed at a slightly younger audience than his Carey novels.Like most of Welch's books it had a Welsh connection - in this case set in the Welsh Marches.I have re-read it several times and it has stood the test of time.
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I read this book when I was at school nearly 50 years ago and have been looking for it ever since. What a wonderful story book, with lots of historical facts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grace Russon
I got this on Kindle for my husband, who had given away his copy a while ago. He was very pleased to see that the illustrations were still there and re-read it with pleasure in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AN
Read as a child in the 60's and now read again as an adult, still found it a fun read although might be slightly dated for today's kids.Published 10 months ago by Somtaww
Read this book many years ago when I was young. Revisited it in a fit of nostalgia. Pleased I did. Enjoyed it just as much as I did all those years ago. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Colin Tugwell
This book is aimed at children,or very young teenagers. I think it would appeal to them, as it is well written for that age group, plenty of action and a very good portrayal of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gillian Woods
I started this book thinking I would not like it, but it gripped me from the start and I finished it in a short time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jillhazeljill
This is a reissued 1950s book set in that time so really interesting from a couple of historical perspectives. Read morePublished 14 months ago by debbie8355
The Gauntlet written by Ronald Welch is one book I am happy to recommend to other young readers of historical fiction. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Petra (I love to read and share my thoughts on what products I have been using)