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The Heir of Redclyffe

by Charlotte M. Yonge
594 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Reviewer176

Not easy reading, but very good.

Plot

When his grandfather dies, Sir Guy Morville inherits not only the family estate, but the family curse; a temper that will be his undoing. Sir Guy goes to live with his guardian's family until he comes of age. As each member of the family tries to exert their influence over Guy's developing character, none is more vocal or seemingly helpful than Guy's near cousin, Philip. However, as time goes on, Guy chafes more and more under Philip's guidance. When Philip accuses Guy of gambling, Guy's patience and the famous Morville temper will be put to the test.

Morality

Throughout the book, Guy strives to live his life and control his temper according to Biblical and moral principles. The majority of the characters are devout. All discussions of right versus wrong take place under these parameters.

Spiritual Content

While the characters generally try to live morally and do reference the Bible, the reader should keep in mind that the author was a moralist trying to create high ideals in her readers, rather than a Christian seeking to provide spiritual guidance.

Violence

None; fits of temper are brief and not described in gory detail.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is drunk occasionally with or after a meal as was common in Victorian England.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

While the reading is moderately difficult, the story is powerful and moving; it is well worth the time spent reading it. The book is well written, and provides an interesting insight into the new model of knighthood advocated by the Victorian-era Oxford movement.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 13+

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