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A Maid at King Alfred’s Court by Madison

Darleen Dove

[Illustration: _"'TWILL LULL THEE TO DREAMLESS REPOSE."_]

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*A MAID AT KING ALFRED'S COURT*

_A Story for Girls_

_By_ LUCY FOSTER MADISON Author of "A Maid of the First Century," etc.

ILLUSTRATED BY IDA WAUGH

THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY PHILADELPHIA MCM

_Copyright 1900 by The Penn Publishing Company_

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"I bring, thy favor to attain, King Alfred and his glorious reign. No nobler hero could I bring Than Britain's pure and gentle king. Brighter than all, his spotless name Shines on his country's scroll of fame. A thousand years his bones are dust, Yet men still name him as the Just. A hundred kings have ruled his state, Yet him alone she names--The Great. To him, her noblest praise she sings, As mightiest of her mighty kings."

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I--THE MEETING IN THE FOREST CHAPTER II--WINCHESTER CHAPTER III--A THIEF IN THE NIGHT CHAPTER IV--IN THE HALL OF ALFRED CHAPTER V--THE DEATH OF A HERO CHAPTER VI--THE WOLVES' CONCERT CHAPTER VII--THE COMING OF A STRANGER CHAPTER VIII--ADIVA GROWS ANGRY CHAPTER IX--WOULD YOU STRIKE YOUR KING? CHAPTER X--EGWINA GOES AS A MESSENGER CHAPTER XI--SOME DANISH TALES CHAPTER XII--THE MAGIC SLEEP CHAPTER XIII--VICTORY SITS WITH THE SAXONS CHAPTER XIV--A PLEASANT SURPRISE CHAPTER XV--THE BEGGAR OF ATHELNEY CHAPTER XVI--IN THE CAMP OF THE ENEMY CHAPTER XVII--THE WINNING OF A BUCKLER CHAPTER XVIII--PEACE CHAPTER XIX--DARK DAYS CHAPTER XX--AELFRIC'S REVENGE CHAPTER XXI--THE TRIAL OF EGWINA CHAPTER XXII--THE ORDEAL CHAPTER XXIII--THE DREAD DECREE CHAPTER XXIV--ADIVA TAKES MATTERS INTO HER HANDS CHAPTER XXV--HILDA AGAIN CHAPTER XXVI--THE ECLIPSE CHAPTER XXVII--SIEGBERT'S STORY CHAPTER XXVIII--AN UNEXPECTED GUEST CHAPTER XXIX--BRINGING THE SUMMER HOME

*A Maid at King Alfred's Court*

CHAPTER I--THE MEETING IN THE FOREST

Beautiful was the month of October in the year of our Lord 877. That part of merrie England called Wessex was covered, in this ancient time with a vast and extensive wood.

Only where the broad estuary of Southampton Water divided the tangled woodland, and along the river Itchen, was there any break in the forest. Formidable were the wastes of Andred's weald, and fortunate the traveler whose path lay not apart from the public roads.

Hundreds of wide-spreading, broad-headed oak trees covered the hills and valleys, and flung their gnarled branches over the rich grassy sward beneath. Intermingled with these, sometimes so closely as to hide the rays of the sun, were beeches, hollies, and copsewood of various descriptions.

The great trees were girt round about with mosses or wreaths of ivy that betokened their age, and their foliage was bright with the hues of autumn.


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