I really liked this book because I learned a lot of interesting things, such as the fact that the Danes had shields so large that if they were fighting on a ship and had to jump overboard, they could use their shields as rafts! They were also carried from the battlefield on them if they were wounded or slain.
In this book you will… watch, with bated breath, as the Saxons and Vikings fight at the Battle of Kesteven… sail with the hero as he pursues the Danes in his ship, the Dragon… and BURST with anticipation during the Siege of Paris!
G. A. Henty set this book in France, Italy, England and Normandy during the eventful times of 870 – 901 A. D., and the reign of Saxon kings Ethelred and Alfred.
Henty used primary sources such as the Saxon Chronicles and the writings of the Abbe D’Abbon to describe the battles in England and France, as well as the memories of King Alfred’s friend and counsellor, Asser.
If you like war stories, history, historical fiction, and adventure you will probably enjoy this book.