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Otto of the Silver Hand

Howard Pyle

Book Overview: 

The story of little Otto, a gentle, peace-loving child born into the heart of turmoil and strife in the castle of a feuding robber baron in medieval Germany.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She hath naught to say," said Baron Conrad, hoarsely, and then stopped short in his speech. "She is dead," said he, at last, in a husky voice, "and is with God's angels in paradise."

The Abbot looked intently in the Baron's face. "So!" said he, under his breath, and then for the first time noticed how white and drawn was the Baron's face. "Art sick thyself?" he asked.

"Ay," said the Baron, "I have come from death's door. But that is no matter. Wilt thou take this little babe into sanctuary? My house is a vile, rough place, and not fit for such as he, and his mother with the blessed saints in heaven." And once more Conrad of Drachenhausen's face began twitching with the pain of his thoughts.

"Yes," said the old man, gently, "he shall live here," and he stretched out his hands and took the babe. "Would," said he, "that all the little children in these dark times might be thus brought to the house of God, and there learn mercy and peace, inst. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I would give this book a 2 1/2 stars if I could. I found this book quite depressing, pretty much the whole way through. The setting is one in which there is continual warring between opposing factions. The ending also seemed rather lame, even though it is what you would consider a happy ending.

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A bit more brutal and gruesome than I was expecting. I would not recommend this book for young readers. The story is set in the dark ages and includes the superstition and Roman Catholic influence of that time. I enjoyed the book, but probably not read it again.

A beautiful story set in the Middle Ages — during a time when they say there was little truth, beauty, and goodness. This story shows another perspective.

This is a fine book, as are all great offerings from the masculine Pyle. This is a dark and more exotic tale than Men of Iron, and more complex than his Arthurian tellings. It is a good book for a young man -- portraying the discipline of education, the excruciating hardship of pain and torture, the

2.5. I really liked most of the story line, but it was impossibly hard to read and had some really depressing and graphic stuff in there. Somebody really needs to give this poor kid a break! Gotta love a happy ending though.

Otto of the Silver Hand was originally published in 1888 – and I am amazed that the content within this novel continues to be relevant in today’s society. This story is set in medieval Germany when castles, feuds, barons, knights, kidnapping, soldiers, and rescues were common. Violence, revenge, hat

I...I got nothing, guys. I didn't read this exact edition but this was the one closest to what I had so maybe that was the problem?

It was more of a collection of stories in chronological order and didn't give me much to go with. Again, I've got nothing because I was so confused.

Recommended 12+ for d

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