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I don't need to repeat the story outline above but what I will say is that Ronald Welch incorporate real events and real people in his exciting adventure story. His description of events and places are vivid, his characters believable and likeable; his knowledge of castles and fighting techniques comprehensive and clear.
Knight Crusader is the first in a series of books following the adventures of the fictitious Carey family, members of whom leave their home in Llansteffan to participate in many of the major historical events involving the British including The Crusades, Battle of Crecy, The English Civil War, The French Revolution, The Crimean War, The Indian Mutiny and World War I (to name but a few).
It is a wonderful way to introduce children to historical events as the stories leave a lasting impression and are an easy way to learn historical facts. I do hope the rest of the books are also republished and look forward to rereading them all.
When we first start this we are introduced to Philip D'Aubigny a seventeen year old, born and raised in the Holy Land. We follow Philip through the following years as he makes friends and enemies, and fights in the battles against the Infidel. Full of incident and action this is a great read for young adults onwards, and also gives some idea of what life was like in the Middle East at the time. With Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, and 'The Old Man of the Mountains' and his Assassins making an appearance, there is certainly a lot covered here.
Why this works is not just because of the main plot, but also because it highlights what went wrong with the Crusaders, when they eventually arrived in the Holy Land. With squabbles and internecine struggles the politics of the time are brought to life here, not only in Jerusalem, but when Philip travels to England, he also encounters the same kind of thing, with John ruling the kingdom. All in all this is still a great historical novel and well worth reading.
Well written, expansive vocabulary, exciting narrative and wholesome. I can hear some saying 'It is old fashioned'. Yes it is, but it is the kind of old fashioned that made a generation of children admire integrity, nobleness of purpose, and the triumph of good over evil. It is a children's book after all, and what we allow our children (or grandchildren in my case) to read should inculcate our values. Old fashioned in not being peppered with bad language or questionable morality yet ever modern in presenting the age old struggle between right & wrong.
It is the sort of book that sets young minds dreaming, dreaming of slaying dragons, overturning injustice, being strong in the face the enemy, yet compassionate when faced with need. I recommend it.
And my Grandson - He loved it.
The book takes you through the story with no extra intrigues that can take the reader away from a story and start to wonder who is who and what who is supposed to have done.
The young squire becomes a knight through his fighting prowess. He lives in Outreamer with his father in his castle. These are Crusaders who are trying to keep hold of the Holy Land against the Emir and his army. It tells of his 'adventures in Outreamer and how he ended up in the family castle in England.
Reading it again was a pleasure and it held my attention throughout.I hope more of his books become available on Kindle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this as about age 11 or 12 I think and it made a big impact on me leading me to read all of the Ronald Welch books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adrian Johnson
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
A wonderful story of events in the Middle East at the time of the Crusades. Lots of detail and history. A great read.Published 11 months ago by Mrs. H. J. Schrager
An absolute classic: perhaps the best young adult's book about the Crusades EVER.
SO pleased to find it on Kindle: hope the rest of Ronald Welch's books appear here very soon.