The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
This powerful historical fiction debut, set in medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the “vicious” Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress. As issues of prejudice, heritage, and occupation come to a head, both girls have to find a way to survive.
It’s 1293 in North Wales, and Cecily D’Edgeley’s sure her life is over. Her father has just uprooted them and moved them to Caernarvon, Wales, where she’s sure she’ll never meet a proper suitor or certainly be attacked by the barbarian Welshmen. Meanwhile, Gwenhwyfar is struggling just to survive, and has found work as a maid in the house she should be the lady of, had the…
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