Europe

So Young a Queen:  Jadwiga of Poland
Hungarian Princess Jadwiga (Yahd VEE gah) has been prepared from birth to put the peace and prosperity of nations above her own desires. Betrothed in 1378 at the age of five to Prince William of Austria, their education has included spending time in each other’s court for careful training as future...Read more
Heroes of Iceland
In 10th century Iceland a spiraling sequence of blood feuds reached its tragic climax with a house-burning that the Icelandic nation never forgot. The memory of her people ultimately transmuted the history into powerful artistic representation in song and saga: certain men and women of noble...Read more
Angel and Dragon
The adventures of Rafael le Marre and his friends continue. Catherine Ayre and her cousin Giles come to Letzenstein in the summer of 1849. Raf is settled in Xandeln with a crowd of orphans-but Giles, at least, is not impressed with his unconventional ways. After a terrorist bombing in which the...Read more
Big John's Secret
Mystery surrounds the young peasant boy known as Big John. Raised during the strife-filled days of the reign of King John of England, his life is one day changed when a knight says, in passing, “You remind me of someone—someone I once knew and loved.” It is from “Old Marm,” the herb woman, that...Read more
Beyond The Desert Gate
Palestine, first century A.D.--the Jews have revolted against Roman occupation. The ten Greek cities of Palestine-the Decapolis-want only to continue their peaceful trading existence, but they find themselves caught in the middle of the uprisings. Apollodorus, a merchant of Philadelphia, takes a...Read more
A Day On Skates
2007 Commemorative edition. With this 1935 Newbery Honor book, author/illustrator Hilda van Stockum made her debut into the world of children’s books. Within its pages she adroitly captures Dutch life as it was in the early part of this century. Twins Afke and Evert have a particularly...Read more
If all the Swords in England
Young Simon, recently and tragically orphaned, becomes a scribe in the following of the exiled Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The uncertainty of the tumultuous years leading to the infamous cathedral slaying is heightened by Simon's separation from his twin Edmund, who is in the service...Read more
The year is A.D. 781. King Charles of the Franks is crossing the Alps with his family and court on a journey to meet with Pope Hadrian. One frosty night he speaks to his young son Carl: When we come to Rome you will know that I am naming you my heir. One day you will rule over all my lands. . . ...Read more
Augustine Came To Kent
It is the year 597 and Pope Gregory is sending a select number of his monks, led by Fr. Augustine, to re-evangelize England. Young Wolf, born in that land but raised in Rome, accompanies his father, Wolfstan, who goes as a guide and interpreter. Though the King of Kent's wife is a Christian, the...Read more
The Lark in the Morn
Twelve-year-old Kit Haverard is the only daughter of an absent-minded, scholarly Quaker father. Along with three older brothers who are currently away at school, dreamy, untidy Kit has been raised by their young, energetic cousin Laura. Ever since the death of Professor Haverard’s wife, Laura has...Read more