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The Wicked and the Just

Coats, Jillian Anderson (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Wicked and the Just
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In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.
Authors: Coats, Jillian Anderson
Title: The wicked and the just
Published: Boston : Harcourt, 2012.
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.
Local Note: 2
ISBN: 0547688377
9780547688374
Branch Call Number: YA COA
Statement of Responsibility: Jillian Anderson Coats
Subject Headings: Household employees Juvenile fiction. Prejudices Juvenile fiction. Middle Ages Juvenile fiction. Wales History 1284-1536 Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Household employees
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Middle Ages
LCCN: 2011027315
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Jul 02, 2014
  • MANAHILAKMAL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

interesting and provoking plot

A beautifully written , sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes cry-your-eyes-out sad expose of human nature at its darkest- and brightest, and how a little love, unselfishness and kindness and being willing to look beyond appearances can shine through the gloom and show you the way. A mixture of Catherine Called Birdy with a touch of To Kill A Mockingbird. Four out of four stars.
Warning: Keep lots of tissues handy.
Not for the squeamish. Doesn't shrink from detailing the good, the bad and the ugly- and sometimes downright gross, realities of life in the middle ages. Worth a read.

Jul 29, 2013
  • amodolo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I felt that this story was a little disconnected. I liked that it was told from both Cecily's and Gwen's voices (and the author did a great job of making each voice unique). But I felt confused throughout a lot of the story. The ending definitely made up for things, and that's where all the action is. Though I felt that everything was left unfinished and that there is more to the story.

Jul 03, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well. This one's lovely for its historical significance and accuracy, but wow. Cecily is such a stuck-up beyotch, even though we knew she was going to be -- how could she be so cruel? *coddles Gruffydd* And then the novel's end (and by "the novel's end" I mean the last page) was oddly abrupt. It makes me wonder if the unfinishedness is on purpose or not.

Jun 16, 2012
  • aplumpe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great historical novel about growing up in a class based society. Told from two points of view - the priviledged and the not so priviledged. Also shows the evilness of the British Empire at its worst. This book would make a modern girl really appreciate what she has in todays society - regardless of class.

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