Peregrine

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Driven by fear that King Stephen will force her to marry the odious Sir Runcival, fifteen-year-old Lady Edith takes leave of Cheswick Manor. In the year 1144 she and her faithful nurse, Dame Joan, set forth on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In going, Edith hopes to close the door on her secret sorrows. Almost at once the pilgrims are waylaid in the King's Forest by Rhiannon, a wild girl who will play a vital role in Edith's life. As they travel from the abbeys and manors of England into unfamiliar lands, Edith ...

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Driven by fear that King Stephen will force her to marry the odious Sir Runcival, fifteen-year-old Lady Edith takes leave of Cheswick Manor. In the year 1144 she and her faithful nurse, Dame Joan, set forth on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In going, Edith hopes to close the door on her secret sorrows. Almost at once the pilgrims are waylaid in the King's Forest by Rhiannon, a wild girl who will play a vital role in Edith's life. As they travel from the abbeys and manors of England into unfamiliar lands, Edith finds herself learning and growing in unexpected ways. And though shrines and relics are not what she'd sought, the Holy City of Jerusalem has something wondrous and important to reveal to her.

In 1144, fifteen-year-old Lady Edith, having lost her husband and child and anxious to avoid marrying a man she detests, sets out from her home in Surrey to go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Although most people know that peregrine is a type of falcon, it also refers to a traveler. One such traveler in 1144 was Lady Edith and her companions who were seeking the Holy Land. The fifteen-year-old Edith has recently lost her baby and husband. Not only is she depressed, but she also fears that the king will force her to marry the repugnant Sir Runcival. So she flees England with her feisty nurse, Dame Joan; Rhiannan, a wild girl rescued from the forest; Sir Raymond, a knight; and several brothers from the Abby. One of the monks, Simon, happens to be Edith's sibling and is a gifted illuminator of books. This skill saves lives during one dicey encounter with the Queen of Jerusalem. Along the way they bump into the Queen of France, meet the Pope, and are befriended by many colorful characters. Rhiannan who remains mute for much of the trip is more than she first appeared to be. Traveling from castles in England and through Europe and on to the Holy City gives the reader a wonderful account of life in the Middle Ages. Adventure, romance, intrigue, and lively characters make the book a rollicking good read! The vibrant description of Jerusalem comes from the author who was herself a peregrine. 2000, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 10 to 14, $15.00. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
VOYA
Set in the middle of the twelfth century, this volume is a wonderful journey for fans of historical fiction. Readers travel with fifteenyear-old Lady Edith from her home in England on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. First introduced in Goodman's The Winter Hare (Houghton Mifflin, 1996/VOYA February 1997), Lady Edith has recently lost her much older husband and infant daughter. Looking to escape the machinations of the crown, she flees an arranged marriage by declaring herself a pilgrim bound for Jerusalem. Accompanied by her old nurse, Dame Joan, her brother Simon and some of his fellow monks, and Rhiannon, a princess in disguise, Lady Edith travels through France and Italy and crosses the Mediterranean to the Holy Land. She almost is forced to undertake a spiritual journey to confront the grief she has held inside since the death of her young child. With the support of her newfound friend, Rhiannon, Lady Edith courageously faces her sorrow and decides to return to England and declare herself to her true love, Will Belet, the hero in The Winter Hare. Goodman has brought vividly to life the period and the people in her story. Her descriptions of scenery are filled with the color, sounds, and smells of each stop along the journey. The mystery surrounding Rhiannon and Lady Edith's soulsearching will have readers hooked from the opening pages. Fans of Frances Temple's The Ramsay Scallop (Orchard, 1994/VOYA April 1994) and Karen Cushman's Catherine, Called Birdy (Clarion, 1997/VOYA June 1994) will welcome the addition of Lady Edith's story to their library's shelves. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, definedasgrades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 12 to 18, 240p, $15. Reviewer: Maura Bresnahan
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Gr 7-10-This sequel to The Winter Hare Houghton, 1996 is set in 1144, as Lady Edith, 15, her former nursemaid, and her companions set out on a pilgrimage from England to Jerusalem. Lady Edith has recently lost her husband and her infant child, and is desperately seeking something she cannot name and trying to escape a forced second marriage. At the beginning of the journey, the young widow is accosted by a wild woman who runs out of the woods and begs for protection. Against the advice of everyone in the party, she accepts the girl, who turns out to be a Welsh noblewoman, Rhiannon, who is also running from a life that others have chosen for her. Rhiannon has the ability to read Edith's thoughts and serves as her "helper" or "guide" as she goes on her heroic journey la Joseph Campbell. Edith is searching for spiritual guidance, yet when she finally reaches the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, her problems are not magically solved. Rhiannon helps her realize that she is holding on to her grief over her child. Once Edith is able to let go, she finds peace. Historical figures and places are smoothly woven into the story, as the party travels through England, France, Italy, Jerusalem, etc. A map on the flyleaf shows the pilgrims,' or peregrines,' route. The story would be a great companion to Frances Temple's The Ramsay Scallop Orchard, 1994, and is quite similar in theme to Katherine Paterson's Jacob Have I Loved Crowell, 1980 with its message about grace and redemption.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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In a sequel to her earlier Winter's Hare (1996), Goodman has written a sensitive, informative, and profoundly moving portrayal of a 14-year-old widow on pilgrimage during the 12th century. Lady Edith's husband and baby girl have recently died, but she cannot shed tears over their deaths. Feeling threatened by an obnoxious older, powerful man, Sir Runcival, who will force her to marry him, Edith goes on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Ostensibly putting herself out of his reach, she's also unwittingly running from her sorrow. A strange wild girl, Rhiannon, begs for Edith's protection as they travel through the English forest, and Edith takes her in. Rhiannon sees that Edith has buried her grief over her lost baby and prods her to face up to the loss. At last, as she visits Christ's tomb, Edith allows herself to mourn for her lost child as Mary had mourned for hers, thus releasing herself from the silent torment that has stifled her life. Edith's physical journey to Jerusalem parallels her emotional one. Goodman's deft handling of Edith's emotional turmoil lifts the book to a level beyond most popular young-adult novels. It would make a good companion to Francis Temple's The Ramsay Scallop (1994) and would serve as a fitting introduction to The Canterbury Tales. Readers will not have had to read the earlier novel to enjoy this sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395977293
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Elizabeth Goodman has written several novels of highly acclaimed historical fiction. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    Good

    I thought the book was pretty good. It had a good story line, but you don't really get to know the main character that well. You don't really feel a part of her through out the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    This is book was the best that I've read in a long time!

    I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. My favorite characters were Edith, Rhiannon and Simon. Edith was a woman recently widow trying to escape from the memories of her late huband and daughter. Rhiannoh is a child that both Rhiannoh and Edith think was sent to help Edith. Rhainnoh eventually tells Edith that she is a Welsh princess. She can read Edith's mind and helps her to put her past behind her and look to the future. Simon is Edith's little brother who has entered a monastary. Simon also helps Edith to the past behind her. Edith and her company travle to Jerusalem on a pilgramage. At the end of the novel Edith puts the past behind her. The only bad thing about this book is that it seems like there should be more story in the novel or a another novel to continue the story. Joan Elizabeth Goodman is an wonderful write and I can't wait to read more of her writting.

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