In a time of chaos and Viking onslaught, Alfred the untested Saxon king must fight to save his ravished land. The tale unfurls through the eyes of a young thane, Edmond, who becomes Alfred's friend and mightiest warrior. When Danes over run the land and the Saxons capitulate, this young knight trains and leads a devoted corps of pike-men to recapture the kingdom.
On his adventures Edmond is captured by the Pagan Danes, raises the siege of Paris, meets the Pope and still finds time to fall in love. Henty successfully weaves this plot of intrigue and suspense into the fabric of true history.
Master of adventure G. A. Henty enraptures and enchants with this chronicle of Thane Edmund’s daring defense of king and country against the Danish conquest. Set in the ninth-century English kingdom of Wessex, The Dragon and the Raven follows Edmund, a soldier, strategist, and trusted consort to King Alfred, as he chases the savage usurpers from his homeland and across the European continent. Performer John Bolen’s granular but fluid baritone perfectly captures the battle-cry bellows of Henty’s rugged warrior. Edmund enlists a unit of brave soldiers with whom he sets forth into the heart of Danish territory aboard his sturdy ship, the Dragon. Employing death-defying hit-and-run tactics, Edmund courts fame, fortune, and romance.
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- Richard Bruno
good story, strange reading