Otto of the silver hand [NOOK Book]

Otto of the silver hand

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  • Posted December 20, 2008

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    timeless story that appeals to all ages

    This book is set in German Baron States of the Middle Ages during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph. However, I was unable to tell whether it was the time of Rudolph I (1273-1291) or Rudolph II (1576-1612). At first I thought that it might be the latter, but after reading the book I decided that it could be the former. Baron Conrad Vuelph of Castle Drachenhausen is one of the robber barons of medieval Germany who makes his living robbing the merchants who were passing through the forests near his land. For years, his family has been in a blood feud with that of Baron Frederick Roderburg from the nearby Castle Trutz-Drachen.<BR/> One day, Baron Conrad takes his men out to raid a caravan. His wife, Baroness Mathilda, pleads with him not to do it but give up stealing from others. He almost listens but finally goes. Unfortunately, the merchants had asked for safety from Baron Frederick who gives Conrad what appears to be a mortal wound. When he is brought home for dead and seen by his wife, she faints and a little later, after giving birth to their child whom she names Otto after her brother, dies from the shock. But Conrad is not dead. After he recovers, he takes the child to the monastery of the White Cross at St. Michaelsburg, under the care of Abbott Otto, his brother-in-law, where the child spends the next twelve years.<BR/> In the meantime, Conrad takes his revenge by killing Frederick. Then, when little Otto is twelve, his father comes to take him home and raise him to be his successor. However, when his father leaves to swear allegiance to the new Emperor Rudolph, Frederick's son, Baron Henry, attacks the castle and kidnaps Otto, cutting off his right hand so that he could never wield a sword against a Roderburg, to get back at Conrad. However, Henry's daughter Pauline falls in love with Otto and helps him escape. But Henry and his men give chase. Will he find safety? And, though fitted with a silver hand to replace the one he lost in captivity, will he grow up to continue the fighting or choose a different life?<BR/> While this book was originally written in 1888 about a time several hundreds of years before, it is a timeless story that still has appeal for those who enjoy reading about the Middle Ages. Like those by G. A. Henty, Pyle's books emphasize the development of character in spite of difficult circumstances. The courage of the stern but loving father which allows Otto's safe return to the monks who place him under the emperor's protection and the loyalty of Conrad's men in risking their lives to help him save the boy are both very touching. Other editions of the book exist, but the one from Dover Publications includes the 55 original illustrations by the author. We did this as a family read aloud, and everyone liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Main Camp

    Is an abandoned medieval castle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Mudstar

    *looks around. she brushes cobwebs from a shelf and pulls out a dusty dagger, its handle studded with jewels. she dusts it off with her jacket sleeve and runs a fingertip over its side. it leaves a small slit in her skin. it heals immediately* Hello? Hell-ooo? Anybody here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Shadow

    -chokes maddie and stabs her-

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Maddie

    Hi zack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Maddie

    *shoots monster with arrows in the eyes an heart* hes blind u can get him more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ninja to britnay

    The first kiss is a lie dokata did it lier

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Cyrus

    Its faur...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Maddie is now sammie

    We havent been here since april faill

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ninja to all

    Im quiting rp for a while

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ninja

    Shota the monster with a shotgun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Batu

    Ima be at old camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Batu

    Generly pig latin does make me annoyed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    No illustrations. Buy somewhere else.

    Xx

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Great

    A classic, adventure filled story. A REAL family classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    The book Otto of the Silverhand is a very intriguing.

    I gave this book a 4 out of 5. It has a lot of action and is very well rounded. This book tells a lot about the Middle Ages. It describes the way they lived and fought. This story is about a boy who is given up by his father and a moanastary takes him in. His fathers enemy's capture him and torchure him. While he is in the dungion he meets a little girl. He falls in love with her and swares he will marry her. Otto's father rescues him and Otto becomes king. Otto returns to the old castle and demands the little girl. They are married and live happily ever after.

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    Posted November 24, 2011

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    Posted June 16, 2011

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    Posted March 20, 2011

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