Better Than Gold by Theresa Tomlinson


Better Than Gold by Theresa Tomlinson

Egfrid is the prince of Bernicia, an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. When he is captured by Penda, King of Mercia during a raid, all seems lost. But though the fierce warrior Penda hates Egfrid's cowardly father, he won't kill the boy. Instead, Egfrid is to be brought up, as hostage and adopted son, in the court of his father's worst enemy...This fascinating look into a long-vanished past reveals the clashes between small kingdoms, between pagan and Christian beliefs, and between the loyalty demanded by blood and given from the heart. A richly detailed and moving tale, inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.


...this engrossing story takes the reader back to a time of clashes between rival factions and strong loyalties. Children in KS2 will be studying the Anglo-Saxons as part of the new curriculum so this is an excellent way to obtain some background period details - try it as a class reader. -- Sarah Brew Parents in Touch The plot drives along at a good pace and concludes with a satisfyingly nail-biting battle. Whether Theresa Tomlinson's account is true or not, it sounds plausible and brings alive the often complicated politics of the time. -- Cassandra Clark Historical Novel Society

About the Author

Theresa Tomlinson
Theresa Tomlinson and her husband live in Sheffield and have three grown up children. She has been short listed twice for the Carnegie Medal and for the Sheffield Children`s Book Award. She is keenly interested in the local history of the north east of England and now recent visits to Turkey have resulted in these two powerful novels of the Amazon women.

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128 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Publication date

6th November 2014



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