Although the immediate results of the Battle of Hastings may havebeen of less importance to the world than were those of some othergreat battles, the struggle has, in the long run, had a greaterinfluence upon the destiny of mankind than any other similar eventthat has ever taken place. That admixture of Saxon, Danish, andBritish races which had come to be known under the general name ofEnglish, was in most respects far behind the rest of Europe. The Norman is a page of William, our Norman bishop; I know no moreof him than that the other is Wulf, who is a ward and page of EarlHarold.
A Story of the Norman Conquest. Chapter I. - a quarrel.
I never realized the story of the Norman Conquest including descriptions of battles could be made incredibly dull and boring, but GA Henty did his best and definitely succeeded with Wulf the Saxon. I actually found myself making excuses not to read the book, and had I not been pre-reading it for my son for school, I am pretty sure I would’ve stopped reading it completel. omething I’ve only done with exactly one book ever
The great Abbey of Westminster was approaching its completion; an army of masons and labourers swarmed like bees upon and around it, and although differing widely in its massive architecture, with round Saxon windows and arches, from the edifice that was two or three generations later to be reared in its place,-to serve as a still more fitting tomb for the ashes. of its pious founder,-it was a stately abbey, rivalling the most famous of the English fanes of the period
Henty, G. A. (George Alfred), 1832-1902. Author: Peacock, Ralph.
Wulf the Saxon has it all! For those who like adventure stories, . Henty is at the top. Henty was a first rate historian, and wove his characters into the TRUE histories of many lands and ages. I, being in my mid sixties, remember when people read these books, and others like them, to turn boring, dry old history into a rousing tale of epic adventure. I enjoyed the story, but found it slow reading at times. It seems that the writer belabored some points and had a habit of going into too much detail, which slowed the story down. If it had that, I would have rated it higher just based on the story. Having said all that, I did like the book. Although the immediate results of the Battle of Hastings may have been of less importance to the world than were those of some other great battles, the struggle has, in the long run, had a greater influence upon the destiny of mankind than any other similar event that has ever taken place. That admixture of Saxon, Danish, and British races which had come to be known under the general name of English, was in most respects far behind the rest of Europe