• The Little Duke

  • The Childhood History of Richard the Fearless, Duke of Normandy
  • By: Charlotte Yonge
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-11-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Based on historical fact, this audiobook is full of intrigue and chivalry, and at a time when Normandy was not part of France. This is the romantic childhood history of Richard the Fearless, Duke of Normandy. After his father was assassinated, when he was just nine years old, he is kidnapped and imprisoned by Louis of France who wanted to annex Normandy.
But thanks to the bravery and daring of Richard's loyal squire and knight, Osmond de Centeville, he makes good his escape. Richard's great grandson was to become William the Conqueror and King of England. The story is full of suspense and bravery, of loyalty and resolve under the most scary circumstances. Courage is a strong value for all involved.
Table of Contents
Chapter 01: A Welcome Visit
Chapter 02: An Untimely Death
Chapter 03: Richard Assumes the Ducal Mantle
Chapter 04: A Comrade
Chapter 05: Danger in the Castle
Chapter 06: At the French Court
Chapter 07: For the Sake of a Falcon
Chapter 08: A Daring Escape
Chapter 09: Danes to the Rescue
Chapter 10: Royal Hostages
Chapter 11: The Passing of a Prince
Chapter 12: A Boon Granted
Chapter 13: Reconciliation at Last
Charlotte Yonge
Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) was a prolific British novelist, magazine editor, best known for her work in children's literature. Yonge taught Sunday School for 71 years and her novels express the same values and concerns she shared with her students, courage and self-sacrifice for a greater good.
©1955 Charlotte Yonge (P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Harriet on 07-31-12

Makes Learning History Unforgettable!

This was a great story that is based on history. I listened to this one with my seven year old and we both enjoyed it! David Thorn does a nice job creating the voices of even the children. It is a story with a lot of adventure and human relationships. This was back when life was hard, even for the wealthy rulers. This book helps one understand what life was like back then. THis is not a book that is written at a dumbed down level. Charlotte Yonge wrote back in the late 1800's. She knew hew history and it was a pleasure to learn from her. This book has stood the test of time. We will listen to it again soon on an upcoming car trip with the rest of the family.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine Russell on 10-27-17

A Gem for your Library

This audio version of The Little Duke is gorgeous. I listened to a sample based on a recommendation from another mom and I fell in love immediately. It was really helpful to have someone familiar with both the story flow and language reading it because it makes it come alive in a way it might not if I was reading it on my own. I highly recommend it not only for the incredible story, but also for David Thorn's pristine narration.

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