Review: There Will be Wolves
Author: Karleen Bradford
Set in 1096, this light historical novel follows the adventures of Ursula, an apothecary’s daughter from Cologne, into, through, and out of the People’s Crusade led by Peter the Hermit. Ursula has thoroughly modern sensibilities. She reads, practices healing, saves animals, bathes frequently, talks openly to strange young men, talks back to her father’s customers, opposes the aristocracy, and openly supports Jewish families. It is therefore no wonder that she is accused of witchcraft; sent on the Crusade; takes on the medical care of the haughty Count Emil; comes to the aid of an abused mother and her child; “adopts” the child upon the death of her mother; and, with the help of her friend Bruno, gets safely back to Cologne where she reopens the apothecary and marries Bruno. While there is plenty of action, there is little supporting detail. Bradford presents her characters, setting, and historical events by means of direct statements. This moves the story along quickly but gives readers no strong sense of place, time, or emotion. The author’s narrative style also contributes to the fast pace of the plot. Sentences tend to be short, dialogue limited and terse, and descriptive passages few and simple. Characters are drawn very sketchily. Mad Peter the Hermit, for instance, is portrayed only as a distant figure who has no real impact on the plot. Ursula, herself, although not entirely believable, is a likable character and will appeal to readers who are content with a surface look at a girl growing to womanhood during this period.?
This is a great book for any child or adult to read about the Peoples’ Crusade. A fictional book filled with details of the days of the Crusades.
The story of Ursala, the daughter of an apothecary, is put on trial for witchcraft when she is caught with a secret book and a dog who’s broken bone she mended.
An epic tale of one girls’ journey to “free” herself of her sin or so the archbishop said. She loses her father on the way to Jerusalem and buries her only family member.
She returns to her home city after most of the people were killed by the villagers and Muslims. The only ones that return with her are Bruno a man she has fallen in love with and Verity an orphan she has adopted as her own.
She rebuilds her life and starts her own apothecary shop.
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