In Elizabeth George Speare’s The Bronze Bow, Daniel’s father was crucified by the Romans, and his mother died of grief and illness a few weeks later.
Daniel was only eight years old at the time, but he remembers every bit clearly, and he tells the story to Joel and Thacia. It all started when Daniel’s uncle, his father’s younger brother, did not have enough money to pay the tax collector. The Roman soldiers arrested him when he tried to make a fuss, and although Daniel’s father raised the money to pay the tax, the Romans decided that they would make Daniel’s uncle work in the quarries instead.
Daniel’s father and some others armed themselves and tried to rescue Daniel’s uncle, but things went very wrong. A soldier died, and Daniel’s father and his companions were all captured and crucified.
Daniel’s mother would not leave the crosses for two days until her husband died. It was cold and wet, and she developed a cough. This, along with her grief, took her life quickly. Daniel and his younger sister, Leah, went to live with their grandmother. But Daniel had made a vow to hate and kill the Romans.