I grew up on stories of kings and queens, of knights and ladies, and even to this day I can’t watch The Princess Bride without frivolously and fervently giggling at all the right moments. Although I like reading the book just as much.
So in love with knightly lore and chivalry was I, I even loved Quest for Camelot and not just because I’m a fan of Cary Elwes, apparently. (I can tell I’ve grown up some since first watching it, though.)
The Baron’s Ring is a Christian historical fiction work, set in an imaginary kingdom, in about the equivalent of medieval times. The story centers around Prince Tristan, who is a God-fearing man worried his brother, Dunstan, a drunk and self-serving individual, will ruin the kingdom.
But Tristan still loves his brother, who has tormented him all his life, and this is clear when Tristan saves his brother from drowning in the river. Tristan is instead forced down the river a long way, and ends up in a new kingdom, where, realizing a return journey is near impossible, settles in as a helper of the church and village.
Throughout the next arc of the story, Tristan falls in love with Mayra, a young slave girl who brings him to the village where her parents live; she later becomes one of his students as he sets up a new school, and he saves her, at great personal cost, from her cruel mistress, who beats her and forces her to entertain soldiers. Tristan is eventually given land and property of the town’s Baron, and he frees Mayra and marries her.
After five years of living among the people, Dunstan’s forces finally find a way to him. He goes back home to meet with his brother, only to see him in poor health. Dunstan repents, and leaves the kingdom to Tristan as he dies by the hand of his scheming, Jezabel-like wife, who happens to be Mayra’s former owner.
After reading it, I thought it would make a great read for a book club, or even a good option for a women’s Sunday School class. I remember growing up reading things like Breaking Free and The Power of a Praying Woman, to which The Baron’s Ring would make an excellent, fun complement.
Great Christian Talking Points:
1. God honors those who seek to live their lives according to his will, but this does not mean an easy life or a life free from sacrifice.
2. Forgiveness is always an option God offers.
3. Godly love can purify all defilement.
4. The schemes of humanity are no obstacle for God.
5. God will use evil – and inconvenience, and pain – for good, if we let him.
- Loved Mitts – I have two cats of my own who would (maybe) like her.
- I liked how each chapter had a Bible verse to give it’s theme or message. It was something unique.
- Dunstan sure learned his lesson in making Tristan do his homework when they were younger; as a teacher, I say “Good!” to that.
- In conjunction with #3, I liked how the importance of school, and learning how to read and do math was emphasized in several chapters.