Thursday, 18 February 2016
The Mystery of the Magna Carta
We have just celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, widely held to be the corner of justice and freedom from tyrannical rule.
But what do we really know about the Magna Carta, besides the fact that it has played a major role in the historical development of not only Britain but other countries round the world?
author and illustrator Denise Elaine Conquest Steele has taken the decision to create a unique fictional adventure based on the known facts that surround the Magna Carta.
Together with educational app developer Paul Skidmore they have produced a unique historical fictional adventure that is aimed at younger readers.
Percy Hope De Courage is a young lady who is bored. She has a term paper to put in, but it is on a subject that holds no interest for her. The dull old Magna Carta.
But due to the intervention of her faithful cat, Jeeves, she begins to realise that whilst the Magna Carta might be old, it is in no way dull!
Percy travels through time and finds herself in England in a quaint village called Wraysbury. Here she meets the village Historian, Dennis.
Together they travel back in time, 800 years, to the year of Our Lord 1215, where they launch an investigation into the true story of Magna Carta.
They sift through the data and are able to sort out the legends and the myths, the rumours and the facts. Somehow her pet kitty, Jeeves, is always on hand when things start to go a bit wrong or a little bit dangerous!
The book is incredibly well-written and Denise is unsparing in her praise for the people who helped her, including Dennis, the archivist/librarian from Wraysbury. Because, yes, Dennis is a real person.
To learn more about the book visit http://themysteryofthemagnacarta.com where you will find interactive apps and you can learn more about the Magna Carta line dance!
The book costs £12.99 and is published by Matador. You can purchase it -either singly or in bulk for history lessons on the Magna Carta- through the That's Books bookshop which is to the right of this book review. It is also available as an ebook.