Set during the reign of Henry VI, this work explores the story of a young shepherd, Hal. The brilliant characterization, wonderful descriptions, and the gripping plot made this work an instant hit during its time. The author, Charlotte M. Yonge, included real-life characters such as the King of England and Henry Clifford, 10th Baron Clifford, who was famous as the "shepherd lord." The way she wrote this historical fiction will leave one curious about the real stories of the historical figures mentioned in the book. In addition, the work helps in learning about the history of Europe in an exciting way.