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The Ward of King Canute; a romance of the Danish conquest   By: (1876-1910)

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The Ward of King Canute; a romance of the Danish conquest by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz is a captivating historical novel that transports readers to the tumultuous era of the Danish conquest. Liljencrantz skillfully weaves together a rich tapestry of romance, political intrigue, and war, keeping the readers engrossed till the very last page.

Set in 11th century England, the story follows the life of Aella, a young woman who finds herself caught in the vortex of power struggles between the Anglo-Saxons and the invading Danes. Aella's life takes a dramatic turn when she becomes the ward of King Canute, the Danish conqueror who is revered as a powerful yet enigmatic figure. From this point forward, her journey becomes tightly intertwined with the fate of the kingdom itself.

Liljencrantz does an impressive job of recreating the historical backdrop, meticulously describing the political climate and societal norms of the time. Her extensive research is evident throughout the narrative, which is enhanced by her evocative prose. From the lavish royal courts to the battlefield, the author's vivid descriptions transport readers into a world that feels both real and immersive.

The characterization in this novel is superb, with Aella serving as a strong and relatable protagonist. Her struggle to navigate a treacherous world, torn between loyalty to her people and her growing affection for the Danish king, adds depth and complexity to her character. Alongside her, a diverse cast of supporting characters, each with their unique motivations and flaws, adds further layers of intrigue and emotion to the story.

The Ward of King Canute is not merely a tale of love and war. It explores themes of loyalty, identity, and the complexities of power in a way that keeps readers engaged and invested. The author beautifully captures the complexities of human relationships, depicting love and friendship as both sources of strength and vulnerability.

One noteworthy aspect of the book is the attention given to both the Anglo-Saxon and Danish perspectives. Liljencrantz shows the internal conflicts within each faction, giving readers a nuanced understanding of the motivations and struggles of both sides of the conflict. This balanced approach allows for a deeper exploration of the historical context and adds authenticity to the narrative.

Overall, The Ward of King Canute is a beautifully written historical romance that merges fiction with rich historical details. Ottilie A. Liljencrantz's storytelling prowess shines through, creating a compelling tale of love, power, and sacrifice. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a well-crafted and immersive story, this novel is sure to captivate your imagination.

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A Romance of the Danish Conquest

By Ottilie A. Liljencrantz


For the facts of this romance I have made free use of the following authorities: The Anglo Saxon Chronicle; The Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England; Ingulph's History of the Abbey of Croyland; William of Malmesbury's Chronicle of the Kings of England; The Chronicles of Florence of Worcester; Lingard's History and Antiquities of the Anglo Saxon Church, and Lingard's History of England; Dean Spencer's The White Robe of Churches; Collier's Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain; Montalembert's Monks of the West; Thrupp's Anglo Saxon Home; Hall's Queens Before the Conquest; Kemble's Saxons in England; Ridgway's Gem of Thorney Island; Brayley and Britton's History of the Ancient Palace and Late Houses of Parliament; Loftie's Westminster Abbey and Loftie's History of London; Allen's History and Antiquities of London; Lappenberg's History of England Under the Anglo Saxon Kings; Sharon Turner's History of the Anglo Saxons; Knight's Old England; Hume's History of England; Green's Conquest of England; Thierry's History of the Conquest of England by the Normans; Freeman's History of the Norman Conquest.

For the translations of Ha'vama'l, etc., used at the beginnings of the chapters, I am indebted to Professor Rasmus B... Continue reading book >>

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