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For people who would like the pace of an earlier time or a change of cultural scenery, here comes Albin and the Jouster. This well-researched series of brief historical novels runs barely over 20,000 words per book. Those words are mostly short, common ones appearing in a spacious format. Up front, with the map, two lists of characters separate historical from fictional people. At the back of each book, a picture glossary defines the few medieval terms.
Although presented entirely through Albin's eyes, these stories follow the career of Lord Anthony Woodville. Sir Anthony, the jouster, is a historical lord who became a POW five times as he maneuvered —with honor—through that maze of treachery we call the Wars of the Roses. Fiction follows history in these novels where everyone with a title truly lived. Readers can visit 15th century England and see the aristocracy 'from below' through Albin's eyes. They can even take away a grasp of a confusing period in English history.
Generally, historical events in the book are the ones that would, in our century, make the evening news. The work of Albin and the other fictional characters must have been done by somebody. However, the unknown person might have used quite a different method from what ingenious Albin comes up with.
To dig further into the history, see my bibliography under 'recommended reading.'
NOTE TO TEACHERS
Looking for something to intrigue teens and adults who are dyslexic or English language learners? People assaulting the huge, inconsistent English language have a right to diverse, age appropriate, reading matter. Here is another option for them.
A find for anyone interested in visiting the 15th century, this series is being written especially for struggling readers.
As much as possible, the tales are told in phonetically dependable words. The short sentences avoid dependent clauses and passive voice. These novellas also stick with a single point of view and never confuse matters with flashbacks. The results 'weigh in' at a third grade reading level.
These easy reads can build confidence while telling a tale of success through honesty, dependability, and conscientious effort. Albin Hayward, the fictional view-point character, first appears as a barefoot, teenaged peasant. Book by book, in spite of an irreperable injury, he wins his way into an honored career as a herald.
The first ten books are available through Amazon (print on demand) and on Kindle. The presentation of each book under 'list of works' connects straight to Amazon.