Treason Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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"Doherty paints a very vivid picture . . . almost Shardlake for young readers." (Susan Elkin Independent on Sunday)
"A beautifully paced and measured story . . . Berlie Doherty manages to involve the reader completely in WIll's world." (Books for Keeps)
"A beautifully crafted book, packed with rich detail and a convincing sense of time and place." (The School Librarian)
"A rich piece of historic fiction . . . written with great verve." (Nigethan Sathiyalingam TheBookbag.co.uk)
"Fast and eventful . . . there is danger and fear but we never lose sight of what is truly important." (Carousel)
Adventure, friendship, treason and betrayal. An exciting historical novel from the award-winning Berlie Doherty.See all Product Description
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This story is about William Montague, a young lad who is given the job of page to King Henry's son, Prince Edward. This draws attention to him and his family and also makes him some enemies, as the son of one of England's most powerful families wanted the post himself. Religion was a tricky business in Henry's England, as most of us know, and the Montague family worship in the old way, a way that the king had banned. When this becomes known at the court William's father is sent to Newgate and William goes on the run and sets about trying to get him freed.
This book is beautifully written and the story is captivating. I do love historical fiction and this is historical fiction at its best. I would give it 6 stars if I could.
I read this in advance of my junior book group's Berlie Doherty month, and I'm glad I picked this one. Almost wish I had my group all reading it. It would keep the interest of a girl or boy, and there's so much to discuss - girls marrying at 13, the power of King Henry VIII and the church/state issues, the idea of a page boy to a baby prince, why so many people were so poor, what prison would have been like.
It's the story of Will Montague, a fairly well-born son of a country knight. Taken under the wing of rich relatives after the sad death of his older brother, WIll says goodbye to sister Margery (destined to marry an old man) and heads to court, where he soon becomes page to Henry VIII's infant son Edward. Happy and flourishing, Will's father's religious beliefs suddenly become a great issue when they clash with Henry's, and the family's fortunes are turned on their heads. William flees after his father is taken to prison accused of treason and meets a poor boy, Nick, and his family. Determined to help his father, he and Nick must travel to France to seek out his sister's new husband. Is there hope? Can they rescue Robert Montague?
Will and Nick make a good pairing, with good and bad traits making them realistic but likeable. Short chapters, lots of excellent description and a pacey story keep the setting vivid and interest high. Doherty is a wonderful storyteller and it felt like reading a Gregory story for younger readers. It will surely pique both interest and questions, for individual readers and a class of 8-12 year olds.
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Excellent writer. Her prose flows smoothly, nothing seems to jar or take one's mind off the story.Published 6 months ago by Val Peters
Took longer than expected to receive book....my son didnt really enjoy the story found it a bit confussing.Published 21 months ago by sofieg