PEASANT REBEL by Paul McGuire

A fourteenth century peasant youth is catapulted into the centre of the Peasants' Revolt, one of the most dramatic episodes of British history.

Set in late 14th C England, this is an all-action, fast-moving middle-grade historical tale that will also appeal to adults.

Readers will identify with Spragg, a peasant youth who takes a literal and metaphorical journey beyond his traditional boundaries that simultaneously stretches his view of the world and challenges- and then confirms - his convictions and beliefs. On the way his story unfolds at the very heart of social and economic forces that changed England for ever.

Tthe young Page of a rebel Lord, monks, villagers and vagabonds join forces to confront the most powerful forces of the middle ages with little more than their wits and simple weaponry.

Within the main plot are sub-plots of romance and political intrigue woven around what is left of the historical record. The central question remains: will the rebellion succeed for each of the main characters?

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted July 14, 2010
  • Last updated July 14, 2010
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  • iandsmith's avatar
    iandsmith wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    Paul, As far as I can tell, this novel should, "engage the mind of young readers". Seems like a good effort to me. The action's well written, I can picture Spragg, the Wat Tyler revolt is as relevant as it's ever been, and there aren't any grammar errors. Not much to comment on really. Well done - Ian

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    GriffinsMustFly [Retired] wrote 4 years ago

    Nice...very nice...from the first chapter you weave an intricate tale already. Keep it up, and keep promoting, and you'll have a publishing contract sooner or later, I think :)

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    hockgtjoa wrote 4 years, 2 months ago

    I enjoyed this very much despite an occasional lapse in agreement between who was speaking and who was spoken tow (I suggest you proof read by reading aloud to some one else or vice versa). I would also make sure to have each chapter tell enough of the story to make it a satisfying episode--think of TV episodes. Some of the chapters currently fall short. Four stars.

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    RonParker wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Paul, I'm not a fan of historical fiction, but this is good and I shall certainly be returning to read more when I have the time. You have obviously spent a consierable amount of time on research. There are, espeially in chapter 3, a few pov issues, but I'm sure you can sor these out in a re-draft. One small continuity point, in chapter one, you give sprags age as 15, but in a later chapter he says he ...
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    WendyB [Retired] wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Your pedantic pitch and first chapter heading don't do your work justice.
    This is an appealing book for young people and adults alike.
    It has an attractive, familiar period voice, and the subject is an interesting one.
    Well done.

    Wendy Bertsch
    (Once More...From the Beginning)

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    TuesdaysChild wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    The writing is clear, crisp, gives the reader something to wrap their mind around. If I had more time, I'd read more, but I'm trying to catch up with dozens of requests! Good writing here. Backed.

  • shornexe's avatar
    shornexe wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    A strong opening chapter. Nice touches with the historical details that do just enough to set the scene without becoming overtly instructional. I suspect Spragg will prove to be a witty, resourceful and likeable character.
    Well written stuff, backed with pleasure.
    Shaun
    The Six Acts

  • Joanna Carter's avatar
    Joanna Carter wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    I found this engaging, atmospheric and well written. On my shelf.
    Joanna
    Fossil Farm

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    lj reads wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    It seems scary. You're obviously not afraid to write about anything. Descriptive. Good for you Paul!

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    Sly80 wrote 4 years, 8 months ago
    Spragg encounters one of the 'fancy folk' but in dire circumstances. Having taken him to the healer, he's off again the next day to see the results. Instead he finds another wounded creature, and by helping the she-wolf, has perhaps earnt himself some dangerous allies. He shows even more cunning when covering for the injured page. But the friar finds them with the message, and young Guy must decide who to trust... Lively, colourful writing of the kind that will ...
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  • mvw888's avatar
    mvw888 wrote 4 years, 8 months ago
    Wonderful sense of time and place, and a plot that begins in the middle of the action, right from the start. You have a direct yet descriptive style that moves along at a pleasing pace. The discovery of the injured boy is an intriguing start, and you hint at Spragg's past in a way that leaves us wanting more, in a good way. (Although I couldn't help but think that that early wolf bite may lead to some werewolf type ...
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    paperbat wrote 4 years, 9 months ago
    Good afternoon Paul. I read half a dozen chapters of your book and found it very easy to the eye. The pcae was good, as was the characterisation of young Spagg. You obviously know and researched your medieval history, so you could paint a realistic picture for the reader to enter. The best comment you have, however, is when you say as an introduction '' The central question remains: will the rebellion succeed for each of the main characters''. Now ...
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    Daniel Manning [Retired] wrote 4 years, 9 months ago
    Lord Moldwood sends out an urgent coded message, but its intercepted by the regents men, leaving only one assigned to do the job still alive. A peasant boy helps the high born to safety, and together they set out to deliver the message. Treminology such as high born and tax coin means the class system and money were unknown entities but issues such as taxation are the causes of friction between those of the noble class, and the peasantry. Lets ...
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  • CarolinaAl's avatar
    CarolinaAl wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Your brilliant, dynamic story grabbed me and kept me riveted. Credible characters. Crisp dialogue that evokes the era. Vital writing. I absolutely love this thoughtfully composed story. Backed.

  • nsllee's avatar
    nsllee wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    sorry, I meant Monty Python and the Holy Grail, of course.

    Nicole

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    nsllee wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Paul

    I enjoyed this. I don't usually go for mediaeval tales with everyone wandering around covered in mud and rough homespun like extras from Life of Brian, but you manage to pull it off and engage the reader. Spragg is a very sympathetic hero and it's great the way you introduce new introduce into each chapter - Magda, the wolves, the political element. Very nicely done. Backed.

    Nicole
    Chosen

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    John Warren-Anderson [Retired] wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Great opening chapter, full of action, suspense, and attmosphere. And it finishes with a laugh.
    That reminded me of a Dave Alan joke.
    "If you don't suck the poison out your friend will die."
    "What did the doctor say?"
    "He said you're going to die."
    Backed

  • Lisa Scullard's avatar
    Lisa Scullard wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Peasant Rebel is a really good Young Adult historical read - immediately involving, shows the author's writing experience straight away. Would appeal to fans of the 'Robin Hood' genre era.

    All the best (and sorry for the wait returning the read),
    Lisa (Death And The City)

  • homewriter's avatar
    homewriter wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    What a gripping start. I love historical fiction and you write it so well. Brilliant. I reall like Spragg already! Well worth returning for more! Gordon - The Harpist of Madrid, also an historical novel

  • homewriter's avatar
    homewriter wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    What a gripping start. I love historical fiction and you write it so well. Brilliant. I reall like Spragg already! Well worth returning for more! Gordon - The Harpist of Madrid, also an historical novel