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It should be something like "Christ died for all men, and we believe that when you experience the truth of this, you will come to love him as we do". But then again, none of the characters appears to have understood the heart of Christianity but they definitely have the trappings of religion down pat. First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Dec 04, John Enfield rated it it was amazing.
I found this book while wandering the aisles at my local library a few weeks ago. Sometimes, I don't go with a certain book in mind. I just walk passed the search computers remember when you had to know how to use a card catalog? I've stumbled across a few gems that I might have otherwise never even thought to search for in the computer. The Dragon and the Raven artfully blends history and historical fiction in an entertaining way. It weaves a compell I found this book while wandering the aisles at my local library a few weeks ago.
It weaves a compelling drama about characters you can come to care about into the tapestry of pre-Battle of Hastings British history. If you are interested in medieval battles, both on land and sea, this book is for you. Travel all across Britain, including many places you can still find on a map and some that have new names since then, and 'see' them through the prose as they once were long ago. Then, up to Norway and as far South as the Southern coast of Italy.
I'll not give away any of the plot as the twists and events in the plot are quite compelling, especially when you don't already know what will happen next. I'll just say that even if you know nothing of history, you'll still enjoy this book as much as any fantasy story. Jul 07, Wendy Rabe rated it it was ok Shelves: read-aloud-with-kids.
All I can say is: I'm so glad we're finally finished with this book. I have heard so many homeschoolers rave about G.
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Henty, and we have tried off and on over the years to read him. The problem is I just don't find him an inspiring writer. He includes so many details and descriptions that are not necessary, and none of them are the kind that make the reader's heart soar. Yes, we learned many facts about the battles between the Saxons and Danes, a glimpse of King Alfred, and a taste of life in All I can say is: I'm so glad we're finally finished with this book.
Yes, we learned many facts about the battles between the Saxons and Danes, a glimpse of King Alfred, and a taste of life in England in the late s, but it was far too unsatisfying a reward for plowing through the bland writing and lame dialogue. Remind me of this the next time I am tempted to pull another Henty off the shelf for our readaloud time. Aug 15, momma. Historical fiction from a biblical world view.
Does it get any better?!? The Dragon and the Raven Dramatic audio lamplighter publishing style by G. We recently listened to this epic story of King Alfred of Wessex standing against the Danes as they invade England in the late s. I cannot recommend this enough. You don't be disappointed. My entire family listened ages and we all loved it This was a book I had to read for school and I must say I enjoyed it, it was a nice story that told the history surrounding that time period in a fantastic way. It was a rather straight forward style of writing with okay dialogue, the further I got the more sucked in I was.
Great children's tale as told by one of the 19th century's great authors. Feb 25, Kent Keifer rated it liked it. I love books about the middle ages, so I would have enjoyed this book no matter what. Although this is considered a classic, and Henty is known for his historical accuracy, I wouldn't rate this as a great book. Henty wrote in Victorian times and his characters speak like they're from Victorian times.
They are very proper in their speech and it's pretty hard to imagine this formal speech in the heat of battle. Henty definitely favors the English in this book, with the main character being a flawl I love books about the middle ages, so I would have enjoyed this book no matter what. Henty definitely favors the English in this book, with the main character being a flawless Hero, and the English being completely good and the Vikings bad.
I'm used to modern books with flawed heroes, and it's hard for me to imagine someone being as perfect as Edward and King Alfred are presented in this book. The book did take me back to the books of my childhood though, when the world was very black and white, and I could really believe and celebrate the noble deeds of the brave knights in conquering evil. I still feel we can celebrate the great patriotism and bravery of these men, while considering that there is always another side with their own set of heroes and tales of lore.
I believe the story of the Danish invasion of the British Isles and the many efforts of the Saxons and others to push them back is fascinating, and if you don't mind the strongly English bias, this is an inspiring tale with a cross-cultural love story as well. Mar 24, Ron Smorynski rated it it was amazing. Yah know It sure ain't like modern fiction methinks. There would be narratives then suddenly months or years would pass by in a sentence or two! I'm like But I guess you gotta do that. Its about 1 young earl who fights vikings and kind of feels almost like my Alfred book series in a way.
Definitely gives interesting and somewhat probable notions of what folks back then thought and how they acted. I've actually never read anything like this, it kind of felt more like the writing of a graphic novel than a novel. If I may so. But left me with lots of invigorating imagery and action sequences. Part of my lack of enthusiasm for this book is probably due to the audiobook narrator, who managed to make even the exciting bits sound terribly dull, and who dragged out the last couple words of his sentences in an oddddd fashiooon. But the story itself lost me at points, especially since the book alternated between following one main character's story and going off on long summaries of historical events.
Good historical fiction makes you feel as though you were present, not as though you're si Part of my lack of enthusiasm for this book is probably due to the audiobook narrator, who managed to make even the exciting bits sound terribly dull, and who dragged out the last couple words of his sentences in an oddddd fashiooon.
Good historical fiction makes you feel as though you were present, not as though you're sitting through a lecture of the most significant events of the time period. Eh, it was pretty good. From the perspective of a somewhat pulpy historical adventure, it was actually quite enjoyable. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am still trying to understand if there are two levels of the storyline or some strange method of descriptive narration.
It seems to be too cold for non-fiction and too emotional for documentary. Hope that was the idea. I'm glad I picked this up at a giveaway table for a church. The reason it caught my eye is how the title reminded me of A Song of Ice and Fire. Although, there are no actual dragons in this book, I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to read history in their fiction. Mar 25, Bill Suits rated it liked it. This was a lot different than I thought it would be.
I liked the first part and the Siege of Paris storyline but then it went somewhere I did not want to go. Background for further reading is there though. This book is strong on the historical side, which I enjoyed immensely. Highly recommend. My 13 year old, who read this for school, consider the book too long with old timey his word language. In other words it was mostly boring to him. I found it entertaining and a fun adventure.
Oct 04, Jacquie rated it it was ok. My 12 year old read this one. He did not enjoy it, it was a chore for him. This one is too far outside his box. A fascinating story. Henty is a master of keeping the reader spellbound with what will happen next. A fast-paced historical narrative with a hero that is easy to root for.
Feb 13, Tina Ambury rated it really liked it. Kind of a boy's own history and at times the siege of Paris , a little boring. Mar 16, Nicole Clarkston rated it it was amazing. We have been loving GA Henty's books this year. I do them with my kids. While I would have a hard time choosing a favorite story, I think I have to pick Alfred the Great as my favorite character. He's my historical figure crush. I mean really, the guy was all that AND a bag of chips. This is a fascinating story with deep roots in the historical facts of this volitile time in English history.
I learned so much more about King Alfred than I ever got from my history lessons at school.
And it was told in an entertaining way.. I mean, who doesn't love tales of invaders and battles on land and at sea, with heroic, clever and handsome leaders?! Everything about this story inspired me to seek out more books about King Alfred. Highly recommended! Really enjoy these Heirloom Audio productions, especially these medieval British stories. This one has present application. May 29, Anthony rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. I have heard lots of rave reviews about G. Henty's books, especially in home school education circles where his books are widely regarded as a great way to help children especially boys to enjoy learning about history.
This was my first opportunity to read a Henty book, and I must say that solely based upon all the hipe I was disappointed by this book. I'm hopeful that I just didn't pick out one of his better works for my initial Henty read and plan to try again at least once more. From what I have heard lots of rave reviews about G. This fictional character would then observe "first-hand" all of the details that Henty had uncovered in his research.
What surprised me in my reading of The Dragon and The Raven was that the vast majority of the book was about the presumably fictional character Edmund and relatively little of it was about King Alfred himself. The book includes lots of details about various kings and kingdoms and battles which are assumed to be historical fact. But the majority of the work is about the valiant tales of the central character Edmund and all the cunning things he did to become a hero of the Saxons and the Franks, and at least a couple Danes and his odd romance with the daughter of the enemy.
For good measure it throws in an extremely odd chapter purportedly from the historical records of a monk in a monastery outside of Paris about the many bizarre miracles performed by the patron saint of that monastery such as a particularly vile Danish villain making his bed in the church and waking up the next morning as an infant. All in all, it was a fun read and a bit of a "page-turner" at times, but it was filled with oddities, way too many names and battles to keep straight, and it was impossible to tell what was historical fact, what was historical legend, and what was just plain fiction.
Nov 06, Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens , historical. This is one of over a hundred books written by a Victorian historian G A Henty.
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This one follows a Saxon teenager called Edmund whose father is killed in battle when the Vikings overrun East Anglia. Edmund flees to the Kingdom of Wessex to join forces with the young King Alfred. Edmund is in many battles which at first the Saxon lose, then as he and young Alfred get talking they decide to use and adapt Roman warfare methods such at the 'turtle' and tight formations in wedge shapes.