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The Last of the Vikings by John Bowling

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THE LAST OF THE VIKINGS.

by

JOHN BOWLING

Author of "Brailsford: A Tale of West Riding Life," etc.

London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Leeds: Henry Walker, Briggate.

Printed by Hazell, Watson, & Viney, Ld., London and Aylesbury

[Illustration: SAXON AND VIKING. "THE CURSE OF SKULD BE UPON THEE, TRAITOR!"]

CONTENTS.

I. ETHEL

II. STORM CLOUDS

III. TRAITORS IN COUNCIL

IV. DEFEAT

V. DESPERATE RESOLVES

VI. BARON VIGNEAU

VII. ALICE DE MONTFORT

VIII. VILLAINS PLOTTING

IX. VILLAINS OUTWITTED

X. A FRUITLESS EMBASSY

XI. OSWALD'S DEFENCE OF HIS CASTLE

XII. ALICE DE MONTFORT SETS FREE THE SAXON CHIEFTAIN

XIII. BARON VIGNEAU BALKED OF HIS REVENGE

XIV. THE SAXON CHIEFTAIN CONFRONTS DE MONTFORT

XV. OUTLAWS AND WOLFSHEADS

XVI. SIGURD THE VIKING

XVII. EVIL COUNSELLORS

XVIII. LOVE IS STRONGER THAN HATE

XIX. ALICE DE MONTFORT AND THE SAXON CHIEFTAIN

XX. WAR'S VICISSITUDES

XXI. VIKING CHIEF AND SAXON MAIDEN

XXII. A VIKING'S LOVE

XXIII. A VILLAIN DEMANDS HIS WAGES

XXIV. THE TRYST

XXV. BADGER CRACKS THE NORMAN'S PATE

XXVI. SAXON AND VIKING AT THE SWORD'S POINT

XXVII. JEANNETTE AND WULFHERE; OR LOVE'S COMEDIES

XXVIII. A GRIM TEMPLE, A GRIM PRIEST, AND A SAD HEART

XXIX. EDGAR ATHELING

XXX. PRINCE AND PARASITE

XXXI. PRINCE AND VIKING

XXXII. BADGER ON THE ALERT

XXXIII. DOG ROBS DOG

XXXIV. WILD DARING OF SIGURD THE VIKING

XXXV. THE SAXON DEVIL AND THE WICKED ABBOT

XXXVI. LOVERS PLOTTING

XXXVII. THE JOUST: SAXON AND NORMAN

XXXVIII. THE SAXONS' REVENGE

XXXIX. BEWARE THE VIKING

XL. THE HOUR BEFORE THE DAWN

XLI. NOBILITY IN CONTRAST

XLII. VIKINGS ALL! AN OLD TIME SAGA

XLIII. THE CONQUEROR CONQUERED

XLIV. THE LAST OF THE VIKINGS

XLV. SUNSHINE HAS ITS SHADOWS

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

SAXON AND VIKING. "THE CURSE OF SKULD BE UPON THEE, TRAITOR!"

ALICE DE MONTFORT SETS FREE THE SAXON CHIEFTAIN.

THE SAXON CHIEFTAIN CONFRONTS DE MONTFORT.

NOTE.

From "Smith's History of Old Yorkshire" we learn that one Arthur Clapham in the year 1066 was possessed of several hides of land near Lambeth in Surrey, and also of the domain of Clapham in Yorkshire. But by opposing the Conqueror he lost his lands in the South of England. He then fled into the wilds of Craven in Yorkshire, and built a stronghold, on the brow of Ingleboro', (the remains of which are still visible) and he founded the village of Clapham in the valley beneath. In 1068, however, the said Arthur by marrying a daughter of Robert, Earl of Northumberland, was restored to the confidence and favour of William, and had lands granted to him in Lonsdale.

THE LAST OF THE VIKINGS

( From the Monastic Chronicles of . )

CHAPTER I.

ETHEL.

"Be just and fear not. Let all thou aim'st at be thy country's, Thy God's, and truth's."

Shakespeare.

I, Adhelm, Abbot of this monastery of , being eye witness, and likewise participator in the unhappy times my beloved country was subjected to, in consequence of the Norman Conquest and the troublous times which followed, it occurred to me to make a record of these things after the example of the beloved Bede, whose "Chronicles" are so justly esteemed by those who are concerned in the history of our ancient race.

I would have it known, then, by all those who are interested in the matter, that this ancient monastery was founded by that wise and good king, Alfred, who assigned unto it, for revenue, one hundred and twenty hides of land; all of which was well wooded and watered, being fertile and free. That is, with sack and sock, toll and team, and infang thief. It pleased him also, in furtherance of his purpose, to lay charges upon certain thegns and nobles, who had lands adjacent to this monastery assigned to them by him, that they should annually pay to the monastery for the maintenance of the brotherhood, and for the purpose of defraying the cost of its extensive charities and hospitalities, one hundred and fifty loads of wood, and twenty five loads of faggots; together with thirty five tuns of pure ale; seventy beasts, ready for slaughter; twelve hundred loaves; fifty six measures of Welsh ale; sixteen butts of wine; six horses; and one hundred and thirty pounds, ten shillings, of money... Continue reading book >>




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