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The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch

Postby Stephen » 19 Jan 2007, 11:11

I'm currently re-reading a childhood favourite of mine - The Gauntlet by the late Ronald Welch. It's basically about a boy staying with some friends in mid-Wales who gets transported back to the fourteenth century after trying on an old iron gauntlet he has found. He has turned into a member of the de Blois family who reside at Carreg Cennen Castle (a real place - - and spends the next few weeks among the Medieval world of feasts, falconry, hunting, jousting and battle.

Obviously it's more of a fantasy than a typical Blyton, but it was written in 1951 so is something of a contemporary with a child's carefree view of the world at the time. And, as ridiculous as it may sound, it's made me think that I'd loved there to have been a similar book in which George goes back in time to Kirrin Castle's heyday. Or perhaps around the time to witness the ship being wrecked off the island!

Anyway, has anyone read this marvellous book?
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Postby Jools » 19 Jan 2007, 11:13

No Stephen. But I bet my daughter would be interested so will look out for it for her and let you know what she thinks. Then of course, I'll read it!
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Re: The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch

Postby pete9012S » 14 Sep 2017, 20:54

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I liked the sound of this book and have just downloaded a kindle sample to see if I would like to buy the whole book:

The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch 1951

As Peter wanders around the ruined castle of Carreg Cennen he makes an amazing discovery - a rusted metal gauntlet. As he slips it on to his hand he is transported back to the fourteenth century, to a time when his Norman ancestors held the castle. Accepted as the eldest son of Sir Roger de Blois, Peter learns how to hawk, fight, and shoot a longbow. But, when a rebellion arises, it's up to Peter to escape from the besieged castle and fetch help. Ronald Welch is celebrated as one of the best writers of historical fiction for children and this thrilling story has been captivating readers for many years with its combination of fast-paced adventure and authentic historical detail. This edition also features the original black and white illustrations that bring the story and the era vividly to life.
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Re: The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch

Postby Aurélien » 18 Sep 2017, 05:13

I read Mr. Felton's 'The Gauntlet' last century, and my personal library - listed online at LibraryThing under AurelArkad - still includes 6 of his titles, ranging in time from 1186-1192 (Knight Crusader) to 1755 1559 (Mohawk Valley). This headmaster-author was a painstakingly thorough craftsman, with a deep life-long interest in history, especially Welsh history, across the centuries.

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Re: The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch

Postby Stephen » 07 Oct 2017, 21:35

Since starting this thread (a very long time ago!), I actually visit South Wales several times a year. Carreg Cennen is a bit far from where I stay, but now I've got a more powerful car, I'm seriously tempted to pop over one day soon!
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