The Dragon and the Raven
The Days of King Alfred and the Viking Invasion
G. A. Henty on audiobook, read aloud by Jim Hodges
In a time of chaos and Viking onslaught, Alfred the untested Saxon king, must fight to save his ravished land. The tale unfolds through the eyes of a young thane, Edmond, who becomes Alfred’s friend and mightiest warrior. When Danes overrun the land and the Saxons capitulate, this young knight trains and leads a devoted corps of pike-men to recapture the kingdom.
During 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
British writer George Alfred Henty, who came to be known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling with his own children. After the evening meal, it was his habit to spend an hour or more telling the children a story that he would resume the next day, and the next, until complete. Some of his stories took weeks to tell! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of all the children present. He commended Mr. Henty that he had an exceptional gift, and suggested that he write down his stories for the enjoyment of others beyond his home. Henty took the counsel, began to write, and the result was over 144 books!
Besides these came shorter stories for numerous British magazines. He quickly became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study dictating stories at a pace that the secretary could barely keep up with writing.
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes, pictured during fascinating periods of history, amid all the true events and personalities of the times. His heroes are smart, devoted to their country, and often find themselves in situations of great danger. They participate in the conflict of international wars, cross oceans, conquer tyranny and bring freedom to empires, a experience a wide range of other exciting adventures. In short, Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras meeting leaders of those times. Every reader of Henty books will come to a greater understanding of the cultures of many nations in eras across the centuries!