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The Little Duke

Charlotte Mary Yonge

Book Overview: 

The Little Duke by Charlotte M. Yonge is historical fiction based on the the life of Richard, Duke of Normandy. He assumes the title of Duke at only 8 years of age, after his father is murdered. =

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .en by his side into the town, and had been led by his hand up to the hall.

His heart was very heavy, as he recollected there was no one now to meet and welcome him; scarcely any one to whom he could even tell his thoughts, for those tall grave Barons had nothing to say to such a little boy, and the very respect and formality with which they treated him, made him shrink from them still more, especially from the grim-faced Bernard; and Osmond, his own friend and playfellow, was obliged to ride far behind, as inferior in rank.

They entered the town just as it was growing dark.  Count Bernard looked back and arrayed the procession; Eric de Centeville bade Richard sit upright and not look weary, and then all the Knights held back while the little Duke rode alone a little in advance of them through the gateway.  There was a loud shout of “Long live the little Duke!” and crowds of people were standing round to gaze upon his entry, so many that the bag of co. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was our history book for term 2 - Ambleside Online. I gave it 4 stars because it was a difficult book to get into. The French names were hard to keep track of and it was hard to follow, in the beginning, but by the end it we loved it!

As a long-time fan of Charlotte Yonge, I thought it was about time to read one of her better known books, even though I'm mostly interested in her as a chronicler of mid-Victorian family life, and not as a writer of historical fiction. It took me some time to get into the story, because at the ou...more

While this book was difficult to get into, and difficult to read aloud because of the heavy dialect in the dialogue, it turned out to be one of our favorite books that semester. You grow to really love the Little Duke and care about what happens next to him, his friends, and his countrymen. Defin...more

Read aloud for AmblesideOnline year 2. I loved the first chapter, then it seemed a little slow and I struggled with all the names and French pronunciations. But then it was very enjoyable once I had a grasp of the characters, and I'm looking forward to reading again in two years. Love the living...more

Finished reading this to Grace today. It was a little hard to get into at first but it ended up being greatly enjoyed by both of us and I feel like she’s formed a relationship with Duke Richard and will actually remember a lot about him.

4.5. The kids and I both fell in love with the story. The language is difficult at times to understand, but it made a great read aloud!

We all absolutely loved this story! The Little Duke's character contrasted with the spoiled French Prince brought such great conversations into our home. The Duke's love for God and ability to forgive was also very touching.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book on my own, and now am reading it a second time with my 8 year old son.

The Little Duke is a novel that chronicles the development of good character in Duke Richard of Normandy, a child who becomes duke at a young age and must learn some difficult life lessons...more

We read this aloud and my 8 year old just loved it! I liked it too, and think I would have enjoyed it much more if I hadn't had to read it and try to pronounce all the French. ;) We read it slowly over a whole year (for homeschool), and he was just as excited about it at the end as when we starte...more

I read this to my 7yo as a part of our homeschool curriculum (Ambleside Online). We both thought it was just OK. Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. :) Not sure if I'll read it to my other children?

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