The time is 1398 and King Richard II is on the throne of England; the place, Cheshire, where young John Fletcher has lately been rescued from an appalling existence in the salt mines.It is a period of violence and rebellion. There are rival claimants to the throne, among them Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, later to be King Henry IV; there are risings in Ireland; andThe time is 1398 and King Richard II is on the throne of England; the place, Cheshire, where young John Fletcher has lately been rescued from an appalling existence in the salt mines.It is a period of violence and rebellion. There are rival claimants to the throne, among them Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, later to be King Henry IV; there are risings in Ireland; and in the family of John's benefactor, the Venables of Kinderton, there is conflict, bitter and divisive, between the Baron, who believes King Richard can do no wrong, and his brother William who thinks him an unjust tyrant. (The character of Richard II has intrigued and been debated by chroniclers through the centuries.) The ensuing family clash tests John's loyalties and makes him question much that he sees around him. The Crest of the Dragon, Alison Leonard's first novel, grew out of her deep interest in the history of Cheshire and its people....
|Title||:||The Crest of the Dragon|
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The Crest of the Dragon Reviews
An old children's book that's been on my shelves since the 80s some time, but that I haven't re-read in about 20 years - it was recently recalled to my memory by reading something about Beeston Castle in Cheshire which played a part in the story. Most of the action takes place in the Venables family castle of Kinderton, also in Cheshire, in the last year or so of Richard II's reign. John Fletcher has been rescued from the Middlewich salt works by the Baron of Kinderton, Richard Venables, on his way back home from the duel that didn't happen at the start of Shakespeare's play (I studied Richard II for A-level, and it was interesting to be able to make the connections across and recognise the names - I clearly hadn't read this book since then, or even recently enough before I studied RII to notice the links at the time). The baron is firmly for Richard, his brother for Henry Bolingbroke, later to be Henry IV, and John is taken into the family as a page right at this turbulent time. The family individuals were all real, as were many of the people John meets, and I liked the little historical postscript at the end, also being able to link it to places and family estates I knew as a child. Not sure how well it would hold up for someone without an interest in Cheshire history, but it's a fun adventure story. I don't even think it was very successful at the time it was written as I have a battered, tatty old library copy that appears to be a first, or possibly only, edition, and I even had to add it to Good Reads myself, as it seems to be so rarely read!