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What if You Met a Knight?
 
 
Author
Jan Adkins.
Publisher Roaring Brook Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.3 x 8.25 x 0.3 inches
ISBN 9781596431485
Pages/Publication Date 32/2006
Daedalus Item Code 03859
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Forget jousts and quests and dragonsa real knight had real work to do, lots of mouths to feed, and trouble could ride over the hill at any moment. Castles were dark, armor was uncomfortable, and tournaments (not to mention real battles) were dangerous and expensive. As in Jan Adkins' What If You Met a Pirate? this book for readers 6 to 10 offers an informative, entertaining text and plenty of captioned illustrations and cross sections.

"Calling himself scribe and illuminator rather than writer and illustrator, Adkins sets out to debunk some common misconceptions about knights, and he does so with style and wit. Against the popular view of knighthood as 'a good life of outdoor fun and high deeds for dedicated heroes,' he places a realistic portrayal of an actual knight, Sir Guy of Wareham, an irritable fellow who must supervise and protect his peasants, satisfy his warlord's demands, pay his tithe to the Church, settle disputes, administer justice, and decide what to plant, when to harvest, and how to provide enough food and fuel for the winter. Light in approach but quite informative, the text ably explains the feudal system, the business of knighthood, and the origins of legends such as King Arthur and dragons, and also discusses castles, arms, and the Crusades. Throughout the book, colorful, detailed illustrations and captions provide information even as they open windows on the medieval world."Booklist

 
 
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