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Wulf the Saxon

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Wulf the Saxon is a classic George Henty tale of nobility, loyalty and courage set in 11th century Britain. It relates the adventures of Wulf, a young, but extremely capable Saxon Thane. Wulf with his friends and servitors devote their lives to the service of Harold Godwinson, both before and after he becomes king of England. They are directly involved in capturing castles, rescuing shipwreck survivors, foiling assassination attempts and entering the terrible battles at Stamford Bridge and Senlac field by Hastings. The background of the novel is set in the stormy period prior to the Norman conquest of Britain and the story centers around real people and events, even offering a historically correct and lucid insight to the intrigues surrounding the religious and political alliances which led to the events of 1066; an absolute turning point in England's history.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ure and twist your legs tightly round it, or it will run through your fingers."

Taking hold of the rope he at once swung himself over, and without much difficulty reached the bottom in safety. He had scarcely done so when Beorn came down beside him with a rush.

"What made you come down like that, you narrowly missed coming on my head?"

"I believe I have cut my fingers to the bone," Beorn groaned; "I feel as if I were holding a bar of hot iron. You had scarcely started before I heard voices; they were evidently those of men going their rounds, so I caught hold of the rope and swung myself off, but before I got my legs fairly round the rope I began to slip, and though I gripped it as hard as I could I could not stop myself, but slid down like lightning."

"Hush!" Wulf whispered, "they are coming along above." The voices came nearer until they sounded directly overhead Wulf knew that it . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This novel was written in 1894 for a juvenile audience, but as I guessed the writing style was far above juvenile literature today. A well written tale, which as far as I can tell is historically accurate; it is an entertaining light read for late summer.

A fascinating look into the end of Saxon Britain, and just really well researched. My only complaint, if you can really call it even that , is that the main character is so relentlessly cheerful throughout everything he may actually be a psychopath.

Great Story

Henty's writing is predictable, but each of his books gives the history of the particular time period while upholding virtue, especially in young men. That makes all of his books, and this one in particular, enjoyable to read. When the Normans fought the Saxons over England is an interesting time in

An old favorite. Still a good one.

I enjoyed this book. Henty's plots are pretty predictable - boy/young man is brave and excels in battle, rises in the ranks and in the opinion of his superiors, eventually marries the girl he loves. However, I do appreciate that Henty holds up virtues like bravery, loyalty, initiative, honesty, kind

Another work of historical fiction from Mr. Henty, this one focusing on the circumstances and events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings in the eleventh century. Both the historical setting and facts are handled well, as always, and the fictional elements add a compelling and interest

I'm not the biggest Henty fan, but this was one of the better books by him that I've read.

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