Immersed in the historical background of tenth century Bohemia, this true tale of Good King Wenceslaus pulls the reader into the struggles and danger of the Dark Ages. As told through the eyes of Poidevin, the faithful servant of the young Wencelaus, this story gives readers a front row seat to watch Christianity emerging in a pagan world at war.
Fear grips the land as the faithful face betrayal and persecution under the reign of the pagan Duchess Dragomira. As she struggles for power with Prince Vaclav, the rightful heir to the throne, her foes forge alliances in secret despite the risk of discovery. Through the menacing times Duke Vaclav instructs his young servant in the light of faith and brings hope to the people of his war-torn country by spreading peace.
As families clash and threaten the nation, the question remains: Who will survive?
Features & Benefits:
- Discussion questions for group and individual perspectives
- Extensively researched for historical accuracy
- Tells the true story behind the Christmas carol
- Uses authentic names and language appropriate to the times
About the Author:
Katy Huth Jones grew up in a family where creative juices overflowed and made puddles to splash in. She has published five children's books and more than 100 short stories, poems, and articles in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, Katy plays piccolo and flute in a regional symphony. She lives with her husband, Keith, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their two sons, whom she homeschooled, have flown the nest and live creative lives of their own.
TREACHERY AND TRUTH by Katy Jones is well-researched about a little known historical figure, Vaclav, known as King Wenceslas in the English Christmas carol. Vaclav, a devout Christian, struggled against paganism in 929 AD in Bohemia. Author Katy Jones sheds light on the fascinating political and religious intrigue of the Bohemian royalty. There is also a helpful map of 10th century Central Europe and Cast of Characters and Places in the front of the novel. This novel is appropriate and accessible for middle grade (MG) readers ages 8-12, and yet would interest high school (YA) readers as well. It would be good to use in classroom settings with guided discussions. I received a copy of TREACHERY AND TRUTH from Pauline Books in exchange for a fair review.
This book is well-written, and the plot moves along right from the first pages. The constant contrast between paganism and the new religion, Christianity, is an engaging feature. The saintly Vaclav, is well-drawn as a hero, but I wondered if the real Vaclav could have been quite as naive as he is portrayed here, vis a vis his enemies. But then he is a saint, so who knows? I recommend this book to both adults and teens. (Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Grade/Age: 6th Grade/12 I liked the story line mainly because its about a boy servant Poidevin who lost his parents, and was forced into slavery at Castle Praha by infamous Dragomira, and later in the book was saved by her son Prince Vaclav. My four favorite characters are Prince Vaclav, Pribislava, Poidevin, and Zito. I like Prince Vaclav because he believes in God, he is a very good mentor to Poidevin, and he is a kind and just ruler. I like Pribislava because she knows Vaclav is trying to mentor Poidevin but she doesn’t tell anybody. Boy, would I be lucky to have a sister like that! Poidevin, I like because he is courageous and very humble, and he thinks a lot like me. However, Zito is my favorite of all of the characters he is strong, faithful, he is also very protective of his master. I would recommend this book to all of my friends. I absolutely LOVE THIS BOOK! It only took me a couple days to read it. But I think anyone ten and older would really enjoy this book. I thought the fact that Ms. Jones tells the reader how to say the names of people and places, and gives explanation of the history, in her Author’s Notes, was very helpful. Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy Treachery and Truth in exchange for an honest review. C.A. Davis
Katy Jones has once again captured the heart of history as she leads the reader through a story of the development of Christianity in Tenth century Europe. With characters who are believable and based on researched accuracy, she takes us back to a time in the Dark Ages when persecution and faith collided as Prince Vaclav, aka Good King Wencelas of the Christmas carol, exemplifies the power of living a Christian life. I highly recommend this read to teens and adults alike.