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  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:Epic
  • Language:English
  • Pages:117
  • eBook ISBN:9781098371012

Eþandun: Epic Poem

by William G. Carpenter

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Epic poem of the struggle of young King Alfred and his wife Lady Ealhswith with the pagan Danish invaders in 878 AD.
Packed with sharp depictions of combat, prayer, debate, and natural beauty, this epic poem recreates the physical and mental world of the Christian West Saxons and the pagan Danish invaders. Centered on southwestern Britain in the 9th century, the story shows young King Alfred and his wife Lady Ealhswith struggling for survival in the face of the Northmen's onslaught, while Jarl Gormr tries to found a new kingship on a council of headstrong warlords. Driven into the wilderness, Alfred seeks in vain for Ealhswith and Bishop Athelheah, then infiltrates the Danish court and serves Gormr as a trusted cunning man. He escapes and raises a small army. History unfolds, as it does, in calamity and miracle.
About the author

William G. Carpenter is an epic poet living near the shores of Lake Hiawatha in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the English and Scandinavian contact continues. He is a lifelong reader of Homer, Vergil, Beowulf, Dante, Joyce, and Tolkien.

Miko Simmons, the illustrator, is an artist living in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He designs high-tech theater sets for operas and musicals.  

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