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‘I am Sylvia Honeyeater; I think myself born around 1196, and this is the story of my life. I am cursed by folk as an optimist and a dreamer, which is a dangerous combination ...’

Sylvia
is the story of the Children's Crusade, which occurred in the year 1212, and is perhaps the strangest true event to have taken place in European history. It is also a story of how, throughout some of the darkest medieval times, the redeeming power and strength of a young woman's love and intelligence prevail over poverty, brutality and bigotry.

Sylvia was a remarkable, talented and eccentric young woman and this is her story.

Reviews

Well researched and historically accurate.

Herald Sun

A tale of the triumph of love and intelligence over poverty, brutality and bigotry, it sucks you in and drags you right along to the very end.

Sunday Examiner (Launceston)

Courtenay in his usual brilliantly witty and intriguing style, captures the essence of the times and of his remarkable heroine.

Toowoomba Chronicle

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143006992

    January 7, 2008

    Penguin

    520 pages

    RRP $24.95

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  • EBook

    9781742284552

    January 7, 2008

    Penguin eBooks

    516 pages

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