This book is a gem! I knew it was historical fiction but it is actually a living book of this period in history. The main character, “Birdy”, is an outspoken, clever, cunning, and smart thirteen year old girl. She feels repressed by her status of a knight’s daughter, destined to marry and spend her days as a lady of a manor, when she would rather be following the Jews as they emigrate from England during the Diaspora or join her uncle on crusade, her brother in a monastery or her best friend in the goat yard.
Through her diary we are given a glimpse into what her life was like in the 1200’s. We know what feasts were celebrated, what was eaten, what daily chores were, how the feudal system operated, how sickness was treated and how hard it was to survive.
I recommend it as an accompaniment to Story of the World, Vol II, The Middle Ages.