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The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden A Tale of the Northman Invasion   By: (1804-1857)

The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden A Tale of the Northman Invasion by Eugène Sue

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THE IRON ARROW HEAD

THE FULL SERIES OF

The Mysteries of the People

"OR"

History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages

By EUGENE SUE

Consisting of the Following Works:

THE GOLD SICKLE; or, Hena the Virgin of the Isle of Sen. THE BRASS BELL; or, The Chariot of Death. THE IRON COLLAR; or, Faustina and Syomara. THE SILVER CROSS; or, The Carpenter of Nazareth. THE CASQUE'S LARK; or, Victoria, the Mother of the Camps. THE PONIARD'S HILT; or, Karadeucq and Ronan. THE BRANDING NEEDLE; or, The Monastery of Charolles. THE ABBATIAL CROSIER; or, Bonaik and Septimine. THE CARLOVINGIAN COINS; or, The Daughters of Charlemagne. THE IRON ARROW HEAD; or, The Buckler Maiden. THE INFANT'S SKULL; or, The End of the World. THE PILGRIM'S SHELL; or, Fergan the Quarryman. THE IRON PINCERS; or, Mylio and Karvel. THE IRON TREVET; or, Jocelyn the Champion. THE EXECUTIONER'S KNIFE; or, Joan of Arc. THE POCKET BIBLE; or, Christian the Printer. THE BLACKSMITH'S HAMMER; or, The Peasant Code. THE SWORD OF HONOR; or, The Foundation of the French Republic. THE GALLEY SLAVE'S RING; or, The Family Lebrenn.

Published Uniform With This Volume By

THE NEW YORK LABOR NEWS CO.

28 CITY HALL PLACE NEW YORK CITY

THE

IRON ARROW HEAD

:: :: OR :: ::

THE BUCKLER MAIDEN

A Tale of the Northman Invasion

By EUGENE SUE

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRENCH

By DANIEL DE LEON

NEW YORK LABOR NEWS COMPANY. 1909

Copyright, 1908, by the NEW YORK LABOR NEWS CO.

INDEX

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE v

CHAPTER.

I. ROTHBERT, COUNT OF PARIS 1

II. FATHER FULTRADE 11

III. GAELO AND SHIGNE 23

IV. A BERSERKER 33

V. THE ABBEY OF ST. DENIS 43

VI. SISTER AGNES 58

VII. KOEMPE! 68

VIII. THE RESCUE 74

IX. THE NORTHMAN SEA KING 78

X. ROLF'S COURTSHIP 83

XI. BRENN KARNAK 88

XII. ARCHBISHOP FRANCON 101

XIII. THE WEDDING OF ROLF 112

XIV. ON THE SWAN'S ROUTE 128

EPILOGUE 129

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE

The invasion of the Normans, or Northmen, or Norsemen called throughout this brilliant story the Northmans bears characteristics that distinguish it markedly from all the other European invasions. With all the others the migrations were brought on by home changes of soil and waterways that drove the invaders westward. War was only a means, the goal was bread. With the Northman invasion it was otherwise. The goal was war and adventure. This simple circumstance places a wholly different stamp upon the Northman invaders. It explains the impulse they gave to oratory, poetry, music and the fine arts. Their rush from the frozen north through Europe conquering and transforming England; carving for themselves large domains out of the French territory, then held in the imbecile hands of the imbecile successors of Charlemagne; startling the populations of southern Italy and Sicily acted like a leaven through all the territories that they traversed. And they traversed none without raising its tone with their poetic barbarian spirit.

This story, the tenth of the Eugene Sue series " The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages, " is a matchless sketch of the Northman. It reproduces his uncouthness illumined with his brilliant latent qualities. The characteristics of the Northman invader have for their setting the physical and intellectual dullness of the Frankish conquerors of Gaul. The clash of the two reproduces a historic picture, or a page of history, that is unique.

The fears entertained by Charlemagne and expressed in the preceding story " The Carlovingian Coins; or, The Daughters of Charlemagne " are verified in this... Continue reading book >>




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