A Land of Broken Vows Paperback
Lifepath Adventures - Monks
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A Land of Broken Vows
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“It was seven years since my father made me his promise, and six years since I learned what a promise was. And now my father lay bleeding on the ground, his head in my lap.
“‘Father! Don’t leave me! You said you wouldn’t! You said you’d never leave me! You promised!’ I kept on shouting.”
It’s 1141, and murder and death are sweeping over England. Knights, Barons and Kings make and break promises in order to get power and money. At the monastery of St Mary in the Wilds, John, the son of a Knight, seems shut away from all the broken promises, but soon even the monks can’t resist the temptation to break their vows to God.
John is plunged into a world of danger and lies – will he be able to protect his friend? And will his father keep his promise?
This exciting historical adventure story brings the world of the 12th century alive for children aged 8 to 11. Battles, intrigue, lies, danger, a Queen of England and a confused boy all combine to form a fantastic fiction book. This gripping tale will help children examine promises in their life as they see how the monks behave and the reasons behind the ways they lived their lives - promises made to God, not to men.
Steve Dixon is an Anglican Minister and the children’s officer for the Manchester Diocese. He has been heavily involved in the performing arts and has written several children’s fiction titles for Scripture Union.
A Land of Broken Vows by Steve Dixon was published by Scripture Union in May 2009 and is our 25850th best seller. The ISBN for A Land of Broken Vows is 9781844273713.
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A Land of Broken VowsMary Bartholomew, via The Good Book Stall
Another Lifepath story for 8-11s that brings history to life. It is 1141 and Matilda and her cousin Stephen are fighting for the crown: promised to Matilda by her Father and his Barons, till after King Henry died the Barons broke their promise and crowned Stephen instead. As usual it is the poor who suffer, but it is every layer of society that has to follow the promises they made to those above them, despite the fact that those at the top had broken their promises.
Young John is travelling with his Father to Baron Gilbert’s castle when they are attacked and John’s Father is badly injured. John’s Father tells John to help him onto his horse and then to carefully lead it along a path down into a valley. Here they are found by a Monk and taken into the Monastry which is hidden away in the heart of the valley. Unbeknown to John this is the beginning of many years living in this place. John has to behave as if he has chosen to become a monk, he learns many things, not least that the monks only owe their allegiance to God.
A thoroughly good read, with some surprising twists and turns to keep you reading.
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Details for A Land of Broken Vows
|Page last updated||8th October 2015|
|Author / Artist||Steve Dixon|
|Publisher||Scripture Union (May 2009)|
|Recommended for Ages||from 8 years up to 11 years|
|Number of Pages||194|