Children's, Fiction, Mystery, Warner-Gertrude Chandler

#909 The Sword of the Silver Knight Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Sword of the Silver Knight Created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Sword of the Silver Knight Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Alden children wanted to go to the park, but they found that a Renaissance fair had taken over. They immediately stick their noses into the fair and start helping out. During one of the battles, a sword gets broken and now the silver night doesn’t have a sword. He borrows a sword from the king, who is just as pompous as everyone says he is, but the sword goes missing after the knight supposedly returns it.

Did the king hide it? How about the knight? What about the girl who needs money for college? What about that movie that is going to be about knights and stuff?

What I liked

I do like Renaissance festivals; call me a nerd, if you want, but they’re interesting. There are cool clothes. People dress up. People walk around with weapons. There’s neat stuff to look at. It’s fun. My step-uncle used to sell blown-glass necklaces at the Renaissance fair in Atlanta, when he wasn’t selling glass crack pipes to the seedy underbelly of Hotlanta. He does not sell stuff at the Renaissance festival anymore. He did dress up when he sold stuff there though, because if you worked there, you were supposed to dress up.

What I didn’t like

In this book this sword is supposedly a historical artifact passed down through one family that a guy just happens to be using at the Renaissance fair. Look, I get the idea of being historically accurate as possible as far as reenactments and Ren fairs go, but you wouldn’t really want to carry about something so valuable to such a place. I doubt the sword was actually Renaissance aged anyway. We’re talking about the 1200s or so, not the 1600s or 1700s, or whenever. My point in mentioning this is that A) there aren’t a whole lot of artifacts floating around from the 1200s and B) if you did have an artifact from the 1200s it would probably be a museum or personal curated collection, not in your hand, at a Renaissance festival. It’s just irresponsible to take something so valuable around so many people. You’re just asking for it to be stolen if you wave it around like that. This statement applies to swords, and other things. Don’t wave it around.


It’s time to put on our sackcloth underwear and go to the Ren Fair, joking, most people didn’t wear a lot of underwear back then. I guess you could wear a corset though because people did wear those.

Weigh In

Would you go to a Renaissance festival and dress up?

Would you take a valuable sword to a Renaissance festival and just wave it around?



#909 The Sword of the Silver Knight Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks


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