Written by George Alfred Henty - Audio book performed by John Bolen - Unabridged Fiction - 7 COMPACT DISCS
- 7 hours, 19 minutes
Publisher, Tantor Media (July 2002)
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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.
About the Author: Dubbed the "Prince of Storytellers" and "The Boy's Own Historian," George Alfred Henty is considered a Victorian literary phenomenon. His realistic historical fiction novels, which have been recognized by scholars for their accuracy, have engaged children and adults alike for years. Henty's courageous heroes encounter many prominent historical figures including Titus, Sir Francis Drake, Robert E. Lee and Cortez, while conquering evil empires, fighting wars, discovering land or searching for gold.
Drawing on his own experiences fighting in the Crimean War and reporting as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa, he fashioned novels that encompass most historical periods from Ancient Egypt to the Boer War. Henty was born on December 8, 1832 in Trumpington, England and lived during the reign of Queen Victoria. He was educated at Cambridge but left without a degree to serve in the Crimean War.
Later, after several failed attempts at various careers, he found success in journalism, writing for newspapers and magazines. Henty was hired as a special correspondent to cover the Austro-Italian, Turkish-Serbian and Franco-Prussian Wars. He narrowly escaped death during the Italian conflict. After being found by Italian troops, he was thought to be an Austrian spy and was sentenced to be hanged. Fortunately, he was able to convince the Commanding General that he was not a spy and the sentence was overturned.
Henty also participated in Garibaldi's Tyrolean campaigns, and accompanied the Prince of Wales in his travels through India. During this time he combined his war experiences with his adventure writing skill and produced several novels a year. Henty loved the sea and spent at least six months a year aboard his yacht during the last year's of his life. He died on the yacht in 1902, in Weymouth, England.