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Ekkehard. Vol. II (of II). A Tale of the Tenth Century   By: (1826-1886)

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Ekkehard Volume II (of II) is an enthralling historical novel written by Joseph Victor von Scheffel. Set in the tenth century, this book effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era and immerses them in a world filled with love, valor, and the timeless struggle between duty and desire.

The story picks up where Volume I left off, following the journey of the protagonist, Ekkehard, a scholar-turned-knight, as he faces numerous challenges and tests of character. As an abbey schoolteacher, Ekkehard finds himself caught between the tranquility of his contemplative life and his yearning for adventure. This inner conflict drives much of the narrative and adds depth to his character.

Scheffel's masterful storytelling shines in this volume, as he weaves a web of richly-drawn characters and intricate plotlines. From the complex relationship between Ekkehard and his beloved, Hildegarde, to the gripping conflicts faced by the monks and warriors, every chapter overflows with emotion and suspense.

The vivid descriptions employed in this book allow readers to visualize and experience the medieval landscapes, castles, and battles vividly. Scheffel's attention to detail is remarkable, bringing the historical setting to life, and effortlessly incorporating elements of folklore, music, and poetry.

One of the highlights of Ekkehard Volume II is the author's ability to seamlessly blend romance and adventure. The tension between Ekkehard's love for Hildegarde and his sense of duty creates a compelling emotional arc that captivates readers until the very end. The author skillfully captures the dilemmas faced by his characters, making their struggles relatable and poignant.

Moreover, Scheffel's extensive research is evident throughout the book, as he effortlessly provides readers with a deep understanding of medieval customs, traditions, and beliefs. The historical accuracy and attention to detail enrich the story, making it not just a work of fiction but an engaging historical account.

Although this book is the second installment in a series, it can also be enjoyed as a standalone. Scheffel skillfully blends elements of the previous volume into the narrative, ensuring that readers feel immersed in the world, even if they haven't read the first part.

Overall, Ekkehard Volume II is a compelling and beautifully crafted historical novel that transports readers back in time. Joseph Victor von Scheffel's masterful storytelling, well-rounded characters, and impeccable attention to detail make this an unforgettable read. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a captivating tale of love and adventure, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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COLLECTION

OF

GERMAN AUTHORS.

VOL. 22.

EKKEHARD BY JOSEPH VICTOR SCHEFFEL.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

EKKEHARD.

A TALE OF THE TENTH CENTURY

BY

JOSEPH VICTOR SCHEFFEL.

Authorized Edition .

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN

BY

SOFIE DELFFS.

IN TWO VOLUMES. VOL. II.

LEIPZIG 1872 BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ.

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE & RIVINGTON. CROWN BUILDINGS, 188, FLEET STREET. PARIS: C. REINWALD, 15, RUE DES SAINTS PÉRES.

CONTENTS

OF VOLUME II.

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