Ronald Welch (1909-1982) was the pen name of Ronald Oliver Felton who is best known for a children’s historical fiction series featuring the Carey Family. Born in Aberavon, West Glamorgan, Wales he was for many years headmaster of Okehampton Grammar School in Devon.
The Gauntlet is a time travel story set in 1951 and 1326, mainly in Carreg Cennen Castle, Wales.
The story has Peter Staunton and his friend Gwyn Evans finding a rusted iron gauntlet while on holiday in the Brecon Beacons. When Peter puts the gauntlet on he hears the thud of hooves, and, after falling asleep on the grounds of Carreg Cennen Castle, finds himself back in medieval times. Here he attends banquets, watches jousts, and fights in a siege of the castle by the Welsh during the battle he’s hit unconscious. He buries his misericorde in a herb garden and when he wakes up back in his own time he has to convince his friends that what he experienced was real. He eventually finds a rusty old dagger but it’s unclear if this is the one he buried.