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    A Boy's Struggle in the 17th c.

    Erasmus is trying to excel at school and live his life in 17th c. London. But the Black Plague, and Press Gang have other ideas. Ms. Pym's details put you right into the story with this boy's struggles to survive. I also loved his pesky little brother. Excellent.
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    A 17th Century Adventure

    Erasmus is a typical young boy with a mother who chivvies him to eat and a father who tells him to mind his manners, while he is harassed by his irritating younger brother, Desiderus. The boys attend St Paul’s School, Westminster and apart from the daily problems of schoolboys playing games in the street and having to endure teasing by their contemporaries, life is pretty ordinary. Only this is 1664, and King Charles’ ships are being attacked in the Channel by the Dutch. Thus war is imminent and before he knows it, Erasmus falls into the clutches of the notorious press gang and is put aboard ship as a virtual slave. This is an enjoyable and well researched story yet written with an adolescent sense of humour and unique view on life in that we see everything through the eyes of a young boy dragged from his home and subjected to the realities of the 17th Century navy.
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