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The Little Duke

Charlotte Mary Yonge

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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

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 outse

I read this with my AO Year 2 student and we adored it. The ending was really timely for me. One of the last chapters dealt with Carloman’s death and it brought back a flood of memories of the exact moment my mother passed away just one short month ago. It was a painful, cathartic, and tender moment

Finished reading with my last child for ambleside. I got a whole lot more out of it this last time than I ever did the first read through.

What a powerful story of the making of a great man, Richard the Fearless. The conclusion said his only fear was doing wrong. The ending made me cry as he lived out his father’s prayer for him, that he would be a man of mercy and forgiveness.

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.

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