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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 outse

I liked this book because good friends will always help out.

The boys loved this one, but Abigail and I said it was ok. So 4 stars it is.

Really couldn't wait for for this book to end. Parts of it were enjoyable but mostly I found it to be a colossal bore.

Sometimes a book grows on you - or perhaps you grow enough to really appreciate it. It wasn’t a favorite when I read it to my first AO Year 2 student four years ago with either of us, perhaps due at least in part to the fact that we were both new to the curriculum and I was reading it from my iPad,

"I have been driven hither and thither, in fear of my life, till I thought of the renown of Duke Richard, as not merely the most fearless, but the most merciful of Princes." said Arnulf of Flanders.

This was a read-aloud for school. It covers the life of Richard the Fearless of Rouen, from 943 - his

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.

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.

2020 update - Finished my fourth read through of this book with my third child and will never forget it. I am so glad the ladies of Ambleside Online introduced me to it!


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

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