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A Maid at King Alfred’s Court   By: (1865-1932)

A Maid at King Alfred’s Court by Lucy Foster Madison

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A MAID AT KING ALFRED'S COURT

A Story for Girls

By LUCY FOSTER MADISON Author of "A Maid of the First Century," etc.

ILLUSTRATED BY IDA WAUGH

THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY PHILADELPHIA MCM

Copyright 1900 by The Penn Publishing Company

"I bring, thy favor to attain, King Alfred and his glorious reign. No nobler hero could I bring Than Britain's pure and gentle king. Brighter than all, his spotless name Shines on his country's scroll of fame. A thousand years his bones are dust, Yet men still name him as the Just. A hundred kings have ruled his state, Yet him alone she names The Great. To him, her noblest praise she sings, As mightiest of her mighty kings."

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I THE MEETING IN THE FOREST CHAPTER II WINCHESTER CHAPTER III A THIEF IN THE NIGHT CHAPTER IV IN THE HALL OF ALFRED CHAPTER V THE DEATH OF A HERO CHAPTER VI THE WOLVES' CONCERT CHAPTER VII THE COMING OF A STRANGER CHAPTER VIII ADIVA GROWS ANGRY CHAPTER IX WOULD YOU STRIKE YOUR KING? CHAPTER X EGWINA GOES AS A MESSENGER CHAPTER XI SOME DANISH TALES CHAPTER XII THE MAGIC SLEEP CHAPTER XIII VICTORY SITS WITH THE SAXONS CHAPTER XIV A PLEASANT SURPRISE CHAPTER XV THE BEGGAR OF ATHELNEY CHAPTER XVI IN THE CAMP OF THE ENEMY CHAPTER XVII THE WINNING OF A BUCKLER CHAPTER XVIII PEACE CHAPTER XIX DARK DAYS CHAPTER XX ÆLFRIC'S REVENGE CHAPTER XXI THE TRIAL OF EGWINA CHAPTER XXII THE ORDEAL CHAPTER XXIII THE DREAD DECREE CHAPTER XXIV ADIVA TAKES MATTERS INTO HER HANDS CHAPTER XXV HILDA AGAIN CHAPTER XXVI THE ECLIPSE CHAPTER XXVII SIEGBERT'S STORY CHAPTER XXVIII AN UNEXPECTED GUEST CHAPTER XXIX BRINGING THE SUMMER HOME

A Maid at King Alfred's Court

CHAPTER I THE MEETING IN THE FOREST

Beautiful was the month of October in the year of our Lord 877. That part of merrie England called Wessex was covered, in this ancient time with a vast and extensive wood.

Only where the broad estuary of Southampton Water divided the tangled woodland, and along the river Itchen, was there any break in the forest. Formidable were the wastes of Andred's weald, and fortunate the traveler whose path lay not apart from the public roads.

Hundreds of wide spreading, broad headed oak trees covered the hills and valleys, and flung their gnarled branches over the rich grassy sward beneath. Intermingled with these, sometimes so closely as to hide the rays of the sun, were beeches, hollies, and copsewood of various descriptions.

The great trees were girt round about with mosses or wreaths of ivy that betokened their age, and their foliage was bright with the hues of autumn.

The leaves were falling, but through the openings thus made wider vistas of beauty were revealed. The rich burnished bronze of the oak mingled with the blazing orange of the beech. The gray branches of the graceful ash contrasted with the fir stately daughter of autumn.

The sunshine streaming through the trees caught and intensified the vivid colorings. Red of many degrees, up to the gaudiest scarlet; every tint of yellow, from the wan gold of the primrose to the deep orange of the tiger lily; purple from lightest lilac to the darkest shade of the pansy, mingled and intermingled, until the whole forest seemed one mass of glowing, riotous color. Ever and anon the antlers of a deer might have been seen as he moved restlessly through the wold, and in the nearer glades the hares and conies came stealing forth to sport or to feed.

In the distance the mellow blasts of a horn could be heard, which grew nearer and more near until presently on the high road which wound through the wastes of forest land from Silchester to Winchester (or Winteceaster, as it was then called) appeared the forms of two people, an old man and a girl... Continue reading book >>




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