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The Ballad of the White Horse - by G K Chesterton (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 132

Genre: Poetry

Sub-Genre: European

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Dover Publications

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Author: G K Chesterton

Language: English

Street Date: July 21, 2010
TCIN: 77741204
UPC: 9780486475639
Item Number (DPCI): 247-61-7989
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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One of the last great epic poems, this ballad tells the tale of Alfred the Great's unlikely victory -- with the assistance of the Virgin Mary -- over Gunthrum and the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune.



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More than a thousand years ago, the ruler of a beleaguered kingdom saw a vision of the Virgin Mary that moved him to rally his chiefs and make a last stand. Alfred the Great freed his realm from Danish invaders in the year 878 with an against-all-odds triumph at the Battle of Ethandune. In this ballad, G. K. Chesterton equates Alfred's struggles with Christianity's fight against nihilism and heathenism--a battle that continues to this day.
One of the last great epic poems, this tale unfolds in the Vale of the White Horse, where Alfred fought the Danes in a valley beneath an ancient equine figure etched upon the Berkshire hills. Chesterton employs the mysterious image as a symbol of the traditions that preserve humanity. His allegory of the power of faith in the face of an invasive foe was much quoted in the dark days of 1940, when Britain was under attack by Nazis. This new edition offers an authoritative, inexpensive version of Chesterton's inspiring work.



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More than a thousand years ago, the ruler of a beleaguered kingdom saw a vision of the Virgin Mary that moved him to rally his chiefs and make a last stand. Alfred the Great freed his realm from Danish invaders in the year 878 with an against-all-odds triumph at the Battle of Ethandune. In this ballad, G. K. Chesterton equates Alfred's struggles with Christianity's fight against nihilism and heathenism--a battle that continues to this day.
One of the last great epic poems, this tale unfolds in the Vale of the White Horse, where Alfred fought the Danes in a valley beneath an ancient equine figure etched upon the Berkshire hills. Chesterton employs the mysterious image as a symbol of the traditions that preserve humanity. His allegory of the power of faith in the face of an invasive foe was much quoted in the dark days of 1940, when Britain was under attack by Nazis. This new edition offers an authoritative, inexpensive version of Chesterton's inspiring work. Dover (2010) unabridged republication of the edition published by John Lane Company, New York, 1911.
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