The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

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1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
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Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9781101612606
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Additional Contributors: Aly, Hatem 1987-

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Tabaqui
Jul 09, 2017

This was perhaps the best fictional picture of life in the Middle Ages I have ever read. I enjoyed it, and the story was well done. (Especially Michaelangelo the monk; he was my favorite character.) However, I found a few passages to be in poor taste, specifically the joke about William's donkey. Other than that, a book which presents an almost unbiased perspective on Judaism, Christianity, and life in the (not so) Dark Ages.

Don't give spoilers for the people who haven't read it!
(I have read it.)

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brangwinn
Feb 05, 2017

I wish I had read the afterword before I read the book. I kept trying to turn the main character, Jeanne, into Joan of Arc, instead of just reading the book. Wow, what powerful writing in a children’s book. 13th century France, was not a place that tolerated anything that wasn’t Catholic. And when Jeanne begins having fits and a dog who has been venerated by local peasants as a saint has come back to life, Jeanne is to be hanged as a witch, but that’s just the beginning. She meets up with a black oblate (priest-in-training) and Jacob, a Jewish boy who fled when his village was burned. There is so much involved in this book, it could be slow going as the reader tries to take in everything that is happening, including the burning of books in Hebrew by the French King, Louis. I loved the book, and enjoyed the part Mont St. Michel played in this story. Even after reading the book several days ago, I am still pondering what really constitutes a miracle. And if the history doesn’t entrall the middle school or high school reader the ass and fart jokes will make up for that.

LibrarianDest Oct 07, 2016

This is one of the most intriguing children's books I've ever read. It explores history, religion, and philosophy on a deep level, but it also has a farting dragon. It definitely looks intimidating at nearly 400 pages, but the margins are very wide to account for "illuminations," which is a fancy word for doodles. As an adult reader, I found this hard to put down, and I hope kids feel the same way.

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