Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Medieval MASH Day

You should all know that the two metallic gentlemen pictured above will soon be visiting the library. On Thursday, June 28 from 4-5 in the Community Room the Knights of Veritas will give a sword fighting demonstration for folks aged five and up, and a chain mail workshop just for teens will follow from 5:30-7.

This extraordinary turn of events is putting me in a medieval kind of mood, so here's some book recommendations of a fantastical or historical nature:

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi: Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.  

Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant (Not to be confused with Blood Red Road by Moira Young, which also involves horses.): A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades. 

Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman: In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

Hush by Donna Jo Napoli: Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.   

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny. 

The Book of Mordred by Vivian Vande Velde:  As the peaceful King Arthur reigns, the five-year-old daughter of Lady Alayna, newly widowed of the village-wizard Toland, is abducted by knights who leave their barn burning and their only servant dead. 

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce: Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail by Michael Spradlin: In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the Holy Grail to safety.  

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