This story is set in England in 1294. It is about a boy, Adam, and his dog, Nick. Adam has been placed in a famous school that the monks kept in the Abbey of St. Alban by his minstrel father, Roger Quartermayne, who is in France learning new tricks of the trade.
Adam is sick of being stuck there without his father, and looks for him everyday. He does, however, make a best friend named Perkin. One day while visiting the widow, Dame Malkin, who kept Nick for him because dogs weren''t allowed at the Abbey, she tells him a surprise bit of news she has heard about his father. He finds out his father may be traveling into town with the court of Sir Edmund de''Lisle, who Roger is working for.
As soon as he finds this out he runs to the top of hill, with his harp, his dog, and his friend, to await the coming court who would bring his father, Roger the Minstrel. He is not disappointed when, at the end of the train, he recognizes a figure on a warhorse, with a viol slung over his shoulder. It was Roger! He ran up to him shouting "Roger, Roger". The man stopped, recognizes his son, and they have a quick reunion. Adam then asks if he is going to be travelling with him, and his father says yes, the next morning they will be leaving for London with Sir Edmund''s court.
" A road is home to a minstrel", Adam''s father says. Buth the rough roads of early England were also home to bands of thieves and robber knights. Before their journey begins, Adam''s dog is stolen and his father disappears. Adam is eleven years old, but is determined to travel alone, to find his father and dog.
This is a great children''s classic, set in medieval England. Great for just reading to or with your children, or if they are learning about this period in history. It gives great detail about the life in those times. I give it a thumbs up!