Review – The Sword in the Tree – a Lesson in Time of Ancient Rome

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The Sword in the Tree


Title:  The Sword in the Tree

Author: Clyde Robert Bulla

Illustrator:  Paul Galdone

Year of Publication: 1956

This was suggested reading by our History/Geography/literature Curriculum, Biblioplan.  We are now learning about the rise and fall of Ancient Rome.  We read about the Celts and Barbarians and how they impacted the fall of Rome.  We have also learned about the legend of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the stories of Merlin.

In this particular book, we meet a family.  Lord Weldon, his wife – Lady Marian, and his son Shan.  They lived during the time when Rome had just lost its power in England – but Romanized Britons were still living lavishly in the nice stone castles – enjoying the nicely paved roads, plumbing and all the advantages of living within the Roman Empire brought.  Also, with the Roman withdrawal from England and the subsequent split of the empire, the Pax Romana (the Roman laws that kept the peace in the land) lost it’s influence- however, the Romanized Britons still believed in peace – and it was the aim of the king and other high officials to keep the peace.

Lord Weldon’s brother, and Shan’s uncle, Lionel came to visit.  He was wounded in battle.  His brother took him into his castle and helped to restore his health.  After his health was restored, Lionel used manipulation to seize the Castle, capture his brother, and throw Lady Marian and Shan out on the streets.  Through a lot of determination, and a bit of luck, Shan and his mother  happened upon a family who would help him.  With help of the the young son, Magnus – Shan was able to travel to see King Arthur and get some help taking Weldon Castle from Lionel and bring his family together again.

We have also studied about the the different Roman soldiers and the Roman armor.  As usual, Paul Galdone’s illustrations are remarkably real to life.


The sword in the tree - illustration by paul Galdone


Both Hadyn and I really enjoyed this book as a read aloud.  It was a fast read (thank goodness because it’s popular at the library).  It is a fantastic book for any age – and will supplement medieval history nicely!



Have you read any living books in History or Geography?  I would love suggestions.




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  1. That looks like a really nice book – and I love the illustrations too! Thanks for posting it on the Kid Lit Blog Hop, Lisa 🙂
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  2. My son is a big fan of ancient Rome. I wish I would have known about this when he was younger. I think he really would have enjoyed it. Now that he’s 16 his reading interests have changed! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  3. Looks great and I love Paul Galdone’s illustrations!
    I liked Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
    I also want to read The Midwife’s Apprentice but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
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