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Alfgar the Dane or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune A Tale of the Days of Edmund Ironside   By: (1836-1890)

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Alfgar the Dane, or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune: A Tale of the Days of Edmund Ironside, written by Augustine D. Crake, is a captivating historical fiction novel that transports readers back to the days of Edmund Ironside, immersing them in the events and conflicts of that tumultuous time.

Set against the backdrop of tenth-century England, the story follows the life of Alfgar, a young Danish warrior who finds himself torn between loyalty to his Viking roots and his growing attachment to the people of Aescendune, an Anglo-Saxon community he calls home. As the narrative unfolds, readers are taken on a tumultuous journey filled with intense battles, political intrigue, love, and sacrifice.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Crake's impeccable ability to create a richly detailed historical setting. The author's extensive research is evident as he effortlessly recreates the sights, sounds, and customs of the era. From the war-torn landscapes to the intricacies of medieval society, every aspect of the world feels authentic and immersive.

The characters in Alfgar the Dane are well-developed and relatable, each with their unique motivations and struggles. Alfgar himself is a compelling protagonist, torn between his duty to his Danish heritage and his growing affection for the people of Aescendune. His journey of self-discovery is beautifully depicted, with his internal conflicts and personal growth adding depth and complexity to his character.

Crake's writing style is fluid and engaging, making it easy for readers to get lost in the world he has created. Descriptive and vivid, his prose brings the action scenes to life, while also capturing the emotional nuances of the characters' relationships and dilemmas.

Moreover, the book raises thought-provoking questions about identity, loyalty, friendship, and the devastating impact of war on both individuals and communities. Through Alfgar's struggles and the challenges faced by the inhabitants of Aescendune, Crake explores themes of forgiveness, unity, and the power of hope in even the darkest of times.

While Alfgar the Dane is the second chronicle in the series, Crake skillfully ensures that it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Although readers familiar with the first installment will appreciate the continuation of certain storylines and character arcs, newcomers will have no trouble following the narrative.

In conclusion, Alfgar the Dane, or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune: A Tale of the Days of Edmund Ironside is a captivating historical fiction that brings to life the struggles, conflicts, and triumphs of a bygone era. With its meticulously crafted setting, well-drawn characters, and powerful exploration of timeless themes, Crake's novel is a must-read for fans of medieval historical fiction.

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ALFGAR THE DANE OR THE SECOND CHRONICLE OF AESCENDUNE:

A Tale of the Days of Edmund Ironside

by the Rev. A. D. Crake.

PREFACE.

CHAPTER I. THE DIARY OF FATHER CUTHBERT.

CHAPTER II. "ALFGAR, SON OF ANLAF."

CHAPTER III. THE NIGHT OF ST. BRICE.

CHAPTER IV. THE DANES IN WESSEX.

CHAPTER V. THE TRACKS IN THE FOREST.

CHAPTER VI. THROUGH SUFFERING TO GLORY.

CHAPTER VII. FATHER AND SON.

CHAPTER VIII. FATHER CUTHBERT'S DIARY.

CHAPTER IX. THE CAMP OF THE DANES.

CHAPTER X. CARISBROOKE IN THE ELEVENTH CENTURY.

CHAPTER XI. THE GLEEMAN.

CHAPTER XII. THE MONASTERY OF ABINGDON.

CHAPTER XIII. THE CITY OF DORCHESTER.

CHAPTER XIV. THE SON AND THE FAVOURITE.

CHAPTER XV. FATHER CUTHBERT'S DIARY AT CLIFFTON.

CHAPTER XVI. THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS.

CHAPTER XVII. FOR HEARTH AND HOME.

CHAPTER XVIII. FATHER CUTHBERT'S DIARY.

CHAPTER XIX. THE ROYAL DEATHBED.

CHAPTER XX. THE MIDNIGHT FLIGHT.

CHAPTER XXI. EDMUND AND CANUTE.

CHAPTER XXII. SMOOTHER THAN OIL.

CHAPTER XXIII. WHO HATH DONE THIS DEED?

CHAPTER XXIV. THE ORDEAL.

CHAPTER XXV. FATHER CUTHBERT'S DIARY.

PREFACE.

The tale now presented to the indulgence of the public is the second of a series of tales, each complete in itself, which, as stated in the preface to the first of the series, have been told to the senior boys of a large school, in order to secure their interest in historical characters, and to illustrate great epochs in human affairs by the aid of fiction... Continue reading book >>




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