The Ward of King Canute

The Ward of King Canute
A Romance of the Danish Conquest

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The Ward of King Canute by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

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1903

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224

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The Ward of King Canute
A Romance of the Danish Conquest

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5
(1 Review)
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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If you are a writer you will be envious of the very poetic and creative similes and metaphors that flow with seeming ease from the pen of Miss Liljencrantz.
A young Danish girl is caught up in the warring factions of the era and forced to become a warrior. And yes, it is a love story, but there is plenty of intrigue and action to move it briskly along.
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FEATURED AUTHOR - Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee Frank Scozzari resides in Nipomo, a small town on the California central coast. His award-winning short stories have appeared in more than one-hundred literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, Eleven Eleven (Cal Arts), Pacific Review, Reed Magazine, Minetta Review (NYU), The Nassau Review, War Literature, and the Arts (U.S. Air Force Academy), The Berkeley Fiction Review, Ellipsis Magazine, South Dakota Review, Roanoke Review, Hawai'i… Read more