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By G. K. Chesterton

ISBN-10: 1504022483

ISBN-13: 9781504022484

A rousing ballad according to the genuine tale of mythical Saxon king Alfred the Great

at midnight occasions ahead of a unified England, warring tribes roved and sparred for territory around the British Isles. The Ballad of the White Horse files the deeds and armed forces accomplishments of Alfred the good as he defeats the invading Danes on the conflict of Ethandun.

Published in 1911, this poem follows the battle—from the collection of the chiefs to the final warfare cry—with a care to rhythm, sound, and language that makes it an impressive murals in addition to a necessary piece of English history.
 
an important impact at the constitution of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, The Ballad of the White Horse transforms the exciting exploits of a brave chief into an inspirational Christian allegory.
 
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You sound like a romantic novel," he said and moved to the foot of the stairs. " It was like putting his foot on a step that didn't exist: he felt his heart lurching with the shock; for days he had been so careful, pretending ignorance of every detail, the position of every room or cupboard. " he said. "Of course. " But she wasn't satisfied. She watched him closely. " "I've been in this sort of house before. " "Do you know what I've been thinking? " "He talked a lot," he said. She opened the door of the dining room and they went in together.

Oh, yes," she said vaguely. It seemed to be a knowledge that didn't count. "Therese," he said. It was the first time he had called her by that name. " she asked. He was a conventional man; nothing affected that. His life provided models for behavior in any likely circumstance: they stood around him like tailor's dummies. There had been no model for a man condemned to death, but he had not grown to middle age without making more than one proposal of marriage. The circumstances, however, had been easier.

Jean, but after the boy's accident and the long weeks in hospital obscure emotions of jealousy and pride kept them apart, and when they met at last it was as enemies. They couldn't, like duelists, use the same weapons: his own strength was matched against the crippled boy's wounding tongue which bore the bedsores of a long sickness. Charlot stepped back into the ditch as the cart went by and put up his hand to shield his face, but Roche paid him no attention; the dark fanatical eyes watched the road in front, the great lopped torso stood like a ruined buttress between him and the world.

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