The Ward of King Canute

A Romance of the Danish Conquest

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,065 / 257 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 8,168
mnybks.net#: 4397
Origin: gutenberg.org

Few young writers have been so exceptionally successful as Miss Liljencrantz in obtaining the elusive quality called "atmosphere," as is essential in a romance such as this one.

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, the broken towers and wrecked walls of the monastery loomed up dim and stark in the gray light. The long- drawn sigh of a waking world crept through the air and rustled the ivy leaves. The pitying angel of dreams, who had striven all night long to restore the plundered shrine and raise from their graves the band of martyred nuns, ceased from his ministrations, softly as a bubble frees itself from the pipe that shaped it, and floated away on the breath of the wind. Through a breach in the moss-grown wall, the first sunbeam stole in and pointed a bright finger across the cloister garth at the charred spot in the centre, where missals and parchment rolls had made a roaring fire to warm the invaders' blood-stained hands.

As the lark rose through the brightening air to greet the coming day, a woman in the tunic and cowl of a nun opened what was left of the wicket-gate in the one unbattered wall. A trace of the luxury that had dwelt under the gilded spires survived in her robes, which had been of a royal p

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