Otto of the Silver Hand Summary
Howard Pyle

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Otto of the Silver Hand Summary

Otto of the Silver Hand was one of the first historical novels for young adults to present the realities behind the chivalric ideal. Pyle reveals the prevalence of cruelty and vengefulness in medieval society. The lesson that chivalry was not always glorious does not, however, overshadow the high sense of adventure found in the story. The story's unflinching portrayal of the unpleasant aspects of medieval life may shock some young readers, but its well-organized and exciting plot makes for entertaining reading.

Otto of the Silver Hand grew out of Pyle's research of the chivalric world in preparation for writing his Arthurian series. As he examined elements of the Arthurian tradition, Pyle became distressed with the knights' wickedness.

He had hoped to write a glorious account of King Arthur's realm, but found it impossible to ignore the harshness of medieval society. Ultimately, Pyle wrote Otto of the Silver Hand to...

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