Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cedric the Forester

You can buy a copy of Cedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall at Barnes and Noble or you can read for free through Amazon or Project Gutenberg.

The Blurb

1922 Newbery Honor Book

Narrated by Sir Dickon Mountjoy, a twelfth-century Norman nobleman, the novel describes his lifelong friendship with Cedric of Pelham Wood, a Saxon yeoman. 
Cedric the forester saves Sir Dickon's life and is made his squire. The two men become friends and have many adventures. Set in the time of King Richard the Lionhearted, Cedric plays a pivotal role in the signing of the Magna Carta.

My Review
Cedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is a 1922 Newbery Honor Book about the signing of the Magna Carta.

The language and prose is archaic; the plot is easy enough to follow and the dictionary-capability of an eReader helps with the vocabulary, but the telling of this story has tedious moments.

The narrator is Richard, aka Dickon, a nobleman of Mountjoy, and I never developed a clear picture of him though I had a clear vision of the title-character, a yeoman first introduced as Cedric, son of Elbert but later called Cedric De La Roche. 
The lack of details is my biggest issue with this book. I would have liked a more concrete world built around historical details. We learn very little about the real historical figures who step into the plot. The greater part of this story reads like a fable, like stories about Robin Hood, which may or may not be true. And the story didn't hook me until I approached the end of the book, when I realized that the plot led to the signing of the Magna Carta. It felt like the signing of the Magna Carta was thrown in at the last minute to keep this from being just another fantasy story about the Middle Ages. 

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