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Historical Tales, Vol. 4


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Author: Charles Morris
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,315 / 259 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.5
LoC Categories: D, PR
Downloads: 727
Added to site: 2006.06.06 13592

and a long struggle for religion and dominion ensued between these warlike chiefs. Oswald was slain in battle; Penda led his conquering host far into the Christian realm; but a new king, Oswi by name, overthrew Penda and his army in a great defeat, and the worship of the older gods in England was at an end. But a half-century of struggle and bloodshed passed before the victory of Christ over Odin was fully won.


In his royal villa at Chippenham, on the left bank of the gently-flowing Avon, sat King Alfred, buried in his books. It was the evening of the 6th of January, in the year 878, a thousand years and more backward in time. The first of English kings to whom a book had a meaning,--and the last for centuries afterwards,--Alfred, the young monarch, had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a thirst then difficult to quell, for books were almost as rare as gold-mines in that day. When a mere child, his mother had brought to him and his brothers a handsome



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