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  • ISBN: 1-59087-1979
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 408
  • Publisher: Robinson Books

Wulf The Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest (G. A. Henty)

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Wulf and his loyal friend Osgood experience many adventures across both England and France, protecting the King of England from plots upon his life, among other things. The book’s chief focus is on William the Conqueror’s conquest of England and the Battle of Hastings. The last days of Saxon England and the conquest of King Harold and his army by William of Normandy provide the colorful backdrop for one of Henty’s most popular volumes.

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Wulf The Saxon

A Story of the Norman Conquest

Wulf and his loyal friend Osgood experience many adventures across both England and France, protecting the King of England from plots upon his life, among other things. The book’s chief focus is on William the Conqueror’s conquest of England and the Battle of Hastings. The last days of Saxon England and the conquest of King Harold and his army by William of Normandy provide the colorful backdrop for one of Henty’s most popular volumes.

Harold had ruled England for less than a year when Norse invaders threatened from two directions at once. The Saxon king hurried north and crushed the Norwegian forces at Stamford bridge but suffered heavy losses himself. He then conducted a forced march of more than 300 miles to take on one of the finest armies in Europe led by the ablest captain of the age. The weakened Saxon forces were crushed at the Battle of Hastings, bringing Norman rule to England in the last successful invasion of that nation in history by a foreign power.

The hero of the story is a young thane who wins the favor of Earl Harold and joins his retinue. When Harold becomes king, Wulf assists in the Welsh Wars and fights at Stamford Bridge against the Norsemen. In the mighty struggle at Hastings, Wulf stands with his king and fights valiantly to the end as Harold’s thanes die around him and he is killed, allegedly from an arrow through the eye. Because of previous dealings with the new King William, Wulf is able to keep his estates and does his part to amalgamate the Normans by marrying a noble’s daughter.

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!

Table of Contents

  1. A Quarrel
  2. Country Life
  3. At Court
  4. A Storm
  5. Rouen
  6. Release of the Earl
  7. The Oath
  8. Trouble with Wales
  9. In the Welsh Valleys
  10. Porthwyn
  11. The Secret Passage
  12. Edith
  13. Harold the King
  14. Wulf’s Suspicions
  15. A Meeting by the River
  16. A Voyage North
  17. An Attempt at Assassination
  18. The Northern Invasion
  19. Stamford Bridge
  20. The Landing of the Foe
  21. Hastings
  22. The Lord of Bramber
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