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The Dragon and the Raven Kindle Edition

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Dubbed the "Prince of Storytellers" and "The Boy's Own Historian," George Alfred Henty is considered a Victorian literary phenomenon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082R6C64
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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This is a really well told story and refreshing compared to much of the writing of today.

The writing style can take a little getting used to at first because it's quite exact and straightforward story telling, but after a while I really enjoyed it. Gentry simply tells the story, giving historical detail from time to time - good old fashioned, honest story telling.

The protagonist was a solid, decent hero you could always root for and there is a sense of fighting for justice and goodness throughout, yet the author still treats the enemy, the Danes, with respect. All that modern novelists seem to deliver is gritty (immoral) realism, and characters torn apart by their own faults, but here you have people who actually aspire to something worth telling.

A classic adventure story. Accurate history (no changing historical facts to suit the author's ideas as writers of modern historical-fiction so often do) and an interesting, exciting read.
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The year was 870, a lad of 14yrs, Edmund was outside his hut with a short spear and his bow and arrows, he was waiting for his father to return, he visited his traps to see what he had caught, Edmunds father arrived home with news of the Danes they were constantly being reinforced and soon become a big problem, his father suggested they travel to an abbey where his brother Theodore was Abbott

Egbert was a freeman and a relation of Edmunds father, Eldred, Egbert had lands in the west that bore the brunt of the Danes invasion, they had made a stout resistance but the Danes were to strong so he had come to live with Edmund and his father, they headed for Croyland, Edmund and Egbert hunted while Eldred organized a defence, a messenger arrived from the Humber asking for help, the Danes had attacked, Algar was resisting but begged for help

The abbot sent all the men he could under Eldred, 400 men in total, the Danes were advancing at Kesteven and the armies met, Edmund, Eldred and Egbert stood in the centre, Edmund had never seen the Danes and they were truly formidable, there followed a terrible battle, the Danes fled retreating back to their camp, the Saxons celebrated but a large Dane army reinforced the Danes camp, the Saxons were well outnumbered but decided to fight, Edmund was put in the rear, if they should lose he was to go to the king

All day the Saxon line held, the Danes feigned a retreat and the Saxons followed and broke the line, the only survivers were Eldred, Egbert and a few others, they fought bravely but all died except Egbert who broke through to join Edmund, they headed back to Croyland to warn the Abbot, the Abbot said he the old and children would remain and all able bodied should go with Edmund, all monks left were beheaded, the children tortured
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HASH(0x9800dae0) out of 5 stars Classic British 7th century hero drama 22 Jun. 2011
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A century ago Henty was the children's author of choice throughout the British Empire. His adventures were filled with great characters, perfect role models for British youth. The stories are well paced and give an interesting insight into Victorian England. They are also well written, fast paced adventures. The Dragon and the Raven is a novel about the days of King Alfred. Like all Henty's books, this work aims at historical accuracy and reproduces the faith and concerns of the era. King Alfred is too little known today; his faith, and his reliance on God's law, make him of little interest to modern man. Henty gives a vivid picture of the horrors of the Danish invasions of England. For two centuries and almost three, Europe was almost shattered by the waves of invasions by the marauders from the north. The resistance to them, the gradual conversion of them, and the new Europe that emerged constitute a dramatic story. In the Dragon and The Raven, Mr. Henty gives us a fine fictional tale of one portion of that history. The hero is Edmund, a young Saxon thane, who enlists in the service of King Alfred. You'll be surprised to find how Alfred persevered through years of struggle.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5db418) out of 5 stars Viking Historical Novel 14 Jun. 2012
By Tim Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a superb historical novel of the Vikings and their invasions of Britain. The central character is an intelligent young duke of King Alfred circa 870 AD.
It is very well written and with the Kindle dictionary feature the few uncommon words are quickly clarified. Clean prose and gets to the action right away!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98707bf4) out of 5 stars Exciting G.A. Henty work, as usual! 14 Mar. 2013
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Historically & literary-wise, another accurate and exciting book which our 14-year-old just finished! Set at the time of the Danish & Norse occupations of England, amidst the battles to free the English of foreign rule. It also encompasses naval warfare of that time & battles fought on the mainland to rid them of the same invaders. We appreciate the unbiased approach to history that G.A. Henty provides! He unflinchingly portrays the honorable men throughout history, from all over the world, not glossing over or diminishing the contrasting barbarity of others. It is refreshing to see history brought to life without England always being the center of the narrative or "the country without many historical flaws." The world owes much to English history, but not to the biased extent that U.S. textbooks often portray.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f349e4) out of 5 stars Better if more dialogue was written instead of all the narration 14 Sept. 2013
By Shawna Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
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Henty has many many books worth reading with my children. Try as we might, this one was just too long on the narration side. Historically accurate but short on "live action."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d5dcc0) out of 5 stars The Dragon & the Raven review 12 Oct. 2012
By Susan W. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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I struggled to read this book. The story dragged enough that I lost interest, and did not finish it. There was no spark to keep one interested. I am avid reader and seldom have this issue. The story line felt like it was laborious. The characters, at times, felt bland.
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