The wicked and the just

by Coats, J. Anderson

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Cecily's father has ruined her life. He's moving them to occupied Wales, where the
king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least
Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.
Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there
herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must
wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.
While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners,
Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising
ever higher--until finally they must reach the breaking point.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1293, Cecily and her father leave Coventry, England, to settle in Caernarvon, Wales, where the king offers opportunities to those who will settle in the newly conquered land. Lonely, miserable, and willful, Cecily tries to assert her authority as the lady of the house, only to be thwarted by the housekeeper and Gwenhwyfar, a servant girl her own age. Over the next year, Cecily begins to understand more about the town and the grievances of the Welsh starving outside its walls, but nothing prepares her for the savage sack of Caernarvon. In this intriguing first novel, the main narrative is Cecily's, but passages written from Gwenhwyfar's point of view provide a startling contrast and foreshadow the story's climax. Cecily is a flawed protagonist who grows throughout the story, yet stoical Gwenhwyfar is the more sympathetic character. Their shifting relationship strengthens the story, while Coats' considerable research provides details of everyday life that ground this dark and sometimes brutal historical novel.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cecily is furious when her father uproots her to begin a new life in Caernarvon (occupied Wales), where he will be a burgess, keeping order on behalf of the English king. The year is 1293, and tensions between the English and the Welsh are high. When Cecily arrives in Caernarvon, she behaves haughtily, attempting to act as the lady of the house in place of her late mother. Welsh housemaid "Gwinny" hates her immediately, and the girls' battles and mutual resentment mirror the larger problems between their respective countries. Coats's debut shifts gracefully between the two girls' perspectives, finding empathy for both-no small feat when it comes to Cecily, who is naive and sometimes downright cruel. She begins to recognize the injustices around her (including several of her own doing), while Gwinny struggles to keep her gravely ill mother and younger brother alive. Addressing the difference between vengeance and justice, the novel is steeped in the details and dialect of the Middle Ages, depicting barbaric events and dramatic inequalities. Ages 12-up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Middle Ages -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Household employees -- Fiction.
Wales -- History -- 1063-1536 -- Juvenile fiction.
Wales -- History -- 1063-1536 -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Harcourt,©2012.
Language English
Description 344 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780547688374 (hardcover)
0547688377 (hardcover)
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