The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle

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"You will be important to many people," her mother tells fifteen-year-old AEthelflaed. This is obvious enough. She is King Alfred's eldest daughter, after all. But her royal blood makes her a target as well, vulnerable to those who would wish to hurt the king.

Suddenly betrothed to the king's ally, AEthelflaed finds herself constrained by the presence of Red, a gruff new bodyguard assigned to protect her and deliver her to her new home. At first, she tests the limits of Red's control, but soon she learns that Red has much more than protection to offer her. He begins teaching her how to battle like a man. And when enemies threaten the borderlands, Flaed turns first to her guardian, and at last to her own inner resources and battle skills to save her life and protect the lives of her men.

Medieval history says little of AEthelflaed, an actual noblewoman who seized power in central England a thousand years ago. Tingle recreates her early life in an elegantly-told medieval tale of courage, conviction and honor. AEthelflaed became the greatest heroine in Old English medieval history. This is the thrilling story of what turned a girl into a leader (historical note included).

About Rebecca Tingle

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Tingle received her B.A. from the University of Utah and her M.A. from Brigham Young University. She has been a Rhodes scholar, a university administrator and a professional ballet dancer.
Published June 25, 2001 by Putnam Juvenile. 288 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War, Education & Reference. Fiction

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In this meticulously researched novel, which alludes to the poem Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Tingle brings to life the mindset and emotions of her heroine, whose loyalty tinged with a rebellious streak is convincing enough to lay the groundwork for her destiny as "the greatest woman i...

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Set in the late 800s, this tale imagines the formative years of an actual heroic figure, the West Saxon King's daughter. "In this meticulously researched novel, which alludes to <EMPHASIS

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