Book review: The Hidden Treasure of Glaston

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Author:Eleanor M. Jewett
Illustrator:Frederick T. Chapman
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 8 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Genre:fiction, historical
Year of publication:1946

Gentle tale of Hugh, whose family is caught up terrible violence, and who is sheltered and healed in the monastery at Glastonbury during the reign of Henry II of England.

Fascinating meditations on the monastic life and the men and boys who lived in monasteries, King Arthur, the Holy Grail and its mythology, the value of the written word, and the tensions between State and Church.

As a scandalized observer of US missteps in the Middle East of the 21st century, I was interested to learn how carelessly the Knights Templar planned their military adventures to the Holy Land, and that they considered taking their children with them on their Crusades an honor.

There is SO much we can learn from history, even fictionalized history.
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