Ransom for a Knight

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

"A fine, authentic, historical tale, valuable for its picture of medieval times."—New York Herald Tribune

In 14th-century England, Alys de Renneville sits alone in the loft of her manor house mourning her father and brother who are thought to have been killed in battle in Scotland. Late one evening, a strange knight appears and tells Alys that her father and brother are alive...

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Overview

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

"A fine, authentic, historical tale, valuable for its picture of medieval times."—New York Herald Tribune

In 14th-century England, Alys de Renneville sits alone in the loft of her manor house mourning her father and brother who are thought to have been killed in battle in Scotland. Late one evening, a strange knight appears and tells Alys that her father and brother are alive and being held for ransom by the Scots. When no one believes her story, she sets off secretly to rescue them herself.

Traveling on horseback across the lush countryside and dense cities of medieval England, Alys is accompanied only by her friend and servant, Hugh. Alys and Hugh show great courage and determination, but the journey is arduous and they encounter many delays and hardships along the way. Will they reach Scotland in time to save Alys’s father and brother?

"Her narratives have the ring of tales told by skald and bard, and her choice of words would fill great halls. Her literary fairy tales are lushly romantic, with poetic language and an almost other-worldly knowledge that informs and enriches them. Open one of her books and read it aloud. See how her words will still echo in the storytelling rooms and libraries that have become our great halls."—Janice M. Del Negro

Barbara Leonie Picard (1917–2011) was the author of over twenty-five books, all of which have received praise for the mature and thought-provoking fare they offer young readers. Her first book was published in 1949. Her works include five historical novels for young adults, many retellings of myths and epics—including the Odyssey and the Iliad, the story of King Arthur, and legends of the Norse gods—and collections of fairy tales. Several of her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the oldest children's book award in the UK. Paul Dry Books also publishes Picard's book One Is One.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589880436
  • Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: The Nautilus Series
  • Pages: 314
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Barbara Leonie Picard was born in Surrey, England, and lives now in Sussex. Her first book was published in 1949, and was followed by over twenty more, all of which received praise for the mature and thought-provoking fare they offered young readers. She is well-known for her retellings of Homer, Gilgamesh, and ancient myths for young readers.
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Table of Contents


Little Merdon     1
Lady Ermengarde Entertains     13
A Message from Scotland     27
Alys Makes up her Mind     41
The Journey Begins     52
Safe Keeping     68
A Friend in Need     84
A Visit to Westminster     96
An Old Woman Talks     113
Angels at Coventry     126
Alys Writes a Letter     139
Delay in Nottingham     150
Two Gold Pennies     163
A Hare Across the Path     173
'Bien Soit Qui Me Porte"     184
Snow on the Moor     199
After December-January     212
Witch Maudlyn     224
Hue and Cry     239
Bad Company     255
An Escort to the Border     265
Captured by an Enemy     278
Glengorman     291
Homecoming     307
Author's Historical Note     313
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