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Sir David:The Life and Loves of a Welsh Knight Kindle Edition
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Odell uses wording and terms, of the time period, in such a way as to make them understandable, without running to a dictionary, and without the heavy handiness that many period writers do. My thirteen year old son and I both read it and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, although for vastly different reasons. He liked the swash buckling heroism of this gentle giant and I loved the story of a "real" family, with their love and losses.
Put this on your must read list.
Torn by issues of fidelity and responsibility, Sir David's dilemmas are as poignant now in contemporary times as in the 1460's, at the hands of Odell's sensitive portrayal of personal conflict, religious belief, tragedy, courage, friendship, parenthood, grief, transformation and resolution. The author's background in ministry and therapy lend a convincing edge to his characters, rendering them in humble simplicity and honest detail. Sir David's obsession with his estranged son is literally felt by the reader, along with his undying devotion to his wife and homeland in Odell's well-edited first novel.
The story is complemented by pictures, drawings, maps and details of the period, lending convincing evidence of accuracy and dedicated research by the author. Contrasts and comparisons to current times are well-disclosed by adherence to facts of warfare, geography and psychology.