Two Jewish children, Benedict and Elvira, are suddenly orphaned after a pogrom in twelfth century Yorkshire, England, shatters their contented and comfortable lives Alone in a hostile world, they set out for Oxford, where they have relatives Along the way they meet Robin Hood and his men in Sherwood Forest Many exciting adventures follow, including a hazardous journey to London with a Crusader knight...
|Title||:||The Star and the Sword|
|Publisher||:||The Jewish Publication Society November 30, 1994|
|Number of Pages||:||140 pages|
|File Size||:||593 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Star and the Sword Reviews
The reading level of this book is approximately 3rd - 5th grade, however, we read it aloud as a family and all ages (7-52) enjoyed it very much.
Did you know that there were Jewish people living in England during the Middle Ages? In 1193, thirteen-year-old Benedict and his ten-year-old sister Elvira live comfortable and sheltered lives in the town of Lymford with their physician father, mother, and six-year-old brother Richard. But all that is about to change. The two older children are given a day off from their studies to go into the fields outside of Lymford to pick strawberries. On the way out of town, they learn that the Governor of Lymford, Baron Henry de Poulny, hates the Jews because he owes their Uncle Hugo about a thousand pieces of gold and will stop at nothing to wipe out the debts.
I read this novel to my daughter over 7 years ago, and it's one of those books that has remained vivid in both of our imaginations after all this time. We read a LOT, and I'd have to put it in the top 5. We unfortunately lent it to someone & never got it back, so I'm thrilled to be able to find it again to share with my younger sons.
I really liked this book. portrayed the life of England's Jews very well. Especially with the references to all the Jews killed in York. I also liked the parts with Robin Hood.