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The Baron's Yule Feast: A Christmas Rhyme   By: (1805-1892)

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The Baron's Yule Feast: A Christmas Rhyme by Thomas Cooper is a delightful tale set in the medieval era, perfectly capturing the essence of the holiday season. The author's skillful writing and poetic style bring to life a story that is both enchanting and heartwarming.

Set in the fictional village of Meadowville, the story revolves around Baron William and his extravagant plans for the annual Yule Feast. As the villagers eagerly anticipate the celebrations, the Baron faces a series of unexpected challenges that put the feast in jeopardy. From a sudden snowstorm to a missing shipment of ingredients, each obstacle adds excitement and suspense to the narrative.

Cooper's attention to detail is remarkable, as he describes the historic surroundings with precision and authenticity. The vivid imagery and descriptive language truly transport readers to the snowy streets of Meadowville, where the aroma of freshly baked pastries fills the air. The author's passion for history is evident throughout the book, as he seamlessly weaves together the customs and traditions of the time period with the spirit of Christmas.

The character development in The Baron's Yule Feast is exceptional. Baron William is portrayed as a benevolent and charismatic leader, beloved by his subjects. His determination to make the feast a success, despite the challenges, showcases his resilience and dedication to his people. The supporting characters, such as the kind-hearted baker and the mischievous village children, add depth and charm to the story, making it a joy to read.

What sets this book apart is its incorporation of rhyme. The entire story unfolds in a series of beautifully crafted verses, enhancing the lyrical quality of the tale. Each line flows seamlessly into the next, creating a rhythmic and enchanting reading experience. Cooper's mastery of rhyme and meter demonstrates his poetic prowess and elevates the overall enjoyment of the book.

The Baron's Yule Feast: A Christmas Rhyme is a delightful journey that celebrates the magic and wonder of the holiday season. Thomas Cooper's exceptional storytelling, combined with his poetic talent, makes this book a true gem. Whether read aloud or enjoyed silently, this charming tale is sure to captivate readers of all ages and become a cherished addition to any Christmas book collection.

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Baron's Yule Feast.

LONDON: Printed by A. SPOTTISWOODE, New Street Square.

The Baron's Yule Feast: A Christmas Rhyme.

By Thomas Cooper, The Chartist.


209 Picadilley 1846



Lady, receive a tributary lay From one who cringeth not to titled state Conventional, and lacketh will to prate Of comeliness though thine, to which did pay The haughty Childe his tuneful homage, may No minstrel deem a harp theme derogate. I reckon thee among the truly great And fair, because with genius thou dost sway The thought of thousands, while thy noble heart With pity glows for Suffering, and with zeal Cordial relief and solace to impart. Thou didst, while I rehearsed Toil's wrongs, reveal Such yearnings! Plead! let England hear thee plead With eloquent tongue, that Toil from wrong be freed!


Several pieces in the following Rhyme were written many years ago, and will be recognised by my early friends. They were the fruit of impressions derived from the local associations of boyhood, (of which, the reader, if inclined, may learn more in the notes,) and of an admiration created by the exquisite beauty and simplicity of Coleridge's 'Christabel,' which I had by heart, and used to repeat to Thomas Miller, my playmate and companion from infancy, during many a delightful 'Day in the Woods,' and pleasing ramble on the hills and in the woods above Gainsborough, and along the banks of Trent... Continue reading book >>

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