The Door in the Wall Background

The Door in the Wall Background

The Door In The Wall is a classic children's novel by Marguerite De Angeli. It was written in 1949 but because it is set in Medieval times and pays so much attention to detail such as the language of the time, it actually seems more like an historical documentation than a Twentieth Century book.

The book tells the story of a young boy called Robin who, as the son of a Knight has his future mapped up for him, and will become a Knight himself. Robin's carefree childhood is interrupted by war against the Welsh and Scottish, which calls his parents into the service of the King and Queen, and also by the plague which spread throughout the City of London.

Robin is afflicted by a mysterious condition that deforms his legs and leaves him unable to walk without crutches. Despite this, he proves himself to be a worthy warrior and excellent son of a knight. He begins the story as the underdog but by the last page has become a true hero.

The Door In The Wall was meticulously researched and is a very accurate representation of England in Medieval times. De Angeli used Olde English vocabulary and vividly portrays the sounds and smells of London in the wake of the plague. It was extremely well-received and was the recipient of both the Newberry Medal for Children's Literature and the Lewis Carroll award but this surprised De Angeli who wrote for her own pleasure and for her children and had never anticipated such acclaim. She went on to write over twenty-five novels for children and young adults.

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