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Ballad of the White Horse (Version 2)

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

1. Prefatory Note & Dedication
2. Book I - The Vision of the King
3. Book II - The Gathering of the Chiefs
4. Book III - The Harp of Alfred
5. Book IV - The Woman in the Forest
6. Book V - Ethandune: The First Stroke
7. Book VI - Ethandune: The Slaying of the Chiefs
8. Book VII - Ethandune: The Last Charge
9. Book VIII - The Scouring of the Horse

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    The Ballad of the White Horse is a poem by G K Chesterton about the idealized exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great, published in 1911. Written in ballad form, the work is usually considered an epic poem. The poem narrates how Alfred was able to defeat the invading Danes at the Battle of Ethandun under the auspices of God working through the agency of the Virgin Mary. In addition to being a narration of Alfred's militaristic and political accomplishments, it is also considered a Catholic allegory. Chesterton incorporates a significant amount of philosophy into the basic structure of the story. (Introduction by Wikipedia)