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The Gauntlet (Oxford Children's Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Jan 1999

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (7 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192717626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192717627
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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A welcome reissue of this much-loved classic story. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 9 May 2001
Format: Paperback
At the risk of upsetting the earlier reviewers, the book is not only enjoyed by boys! I read this book at school when I was about 8, and enjoyed it so much I pestered my parents to purchase my own copy and insisted on visiting the sites referred to (and Carreg Cennen castle is still worthy of a visit). Now 35 years on I seek a copy of the book for my daughter.
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I read this book first around 37 years ago (when I was 8. I still remember it vividly as an exciting book for children but with enough accurate history and detail that older readers would find it interesting.
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.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2015
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This is a reprint of a children's novel, first published in 1951 and contains the original illustrations, which is always nice. At eighteen chapters and 247 pages, this is ideal for fluent readers. My son is ten and he really enjoyed this novel. Essentially, this is a timeslip story - although as part of the story is set in the present day (which was then 1951) and part of the story in 1326, both parts now have a slightly historical feel to them for today's children.

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.
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I was interested to read this Carnegie medal winning author from the 50s, and found this an enjoyable read (though with some reservations, as detailed in the last paragraphs) I discovered that this particular book was not the Carnegie medal winner - that is another with the same overall setting - medieval warfare - Knight Crusader.

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.
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An excellent historical novel with an element of time travel from a well known author who in the 1960's -70's was one of the stars ,along with the likes of Rosemary Sutcliff and William Mayne, of the Oxford University Press.Sutcliff is still read although Mayne ended up in prison for child abuse and his books have disappeared (they were always more praised by adults than read by children).
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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