This book tells the story of a Saxon boy name Turgar who lived at the during the age of Alfred the Great. He was educated at Crowland abbey and was present during its sacking by the Danes. The story tells the details of his life at the abbey and shows how the monasteries were an important part of mediaeval life. After many adventures, Turgar joins the army of Alfred the Great to help keep Britain safe from the Danish invaders.
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCIS VINCENT DARROW
Our Little Saxon Cousin of Long Ago is a story of the days immediately preceding the ascension of Alfred the Great to the throne of the Saxons. It was a time when the scant learning of the day was confined to the monasteries, and when military zeal was accounted of more worth than mental culture, for England was being constantly invaded, first by one marauding band and then by another.
I have sought, with the aid of the best historical authorities, to give a true and natural portrayal of boy life in the midst of these conditions. Hero-worship on the part of such a boy as Turgar was an inevitable outgrowth of the times, nor could the boys of any age have found a more worthy hero than Alfred, who has well been called "the most perfect character in (secular) history."
I hope that the boys and girls who read this story may count Turgar among their true book friends, and that this friendship may lead them to find out more about the king who was Turgar's ideal, and who through all the years since his reign has borne the title of "The good King Alfred."
|JULIA DARROW COWLES|
Pronunciation of Proper Names
Ac'ca Al'fred Al'gar As'gard Dane Elswitha (elz with'a) Eth'el red Ethel wolf Gy'neth Gyrth (girth) Her'i bert Jo'ly Norse O'din Os'wyn Sax'on Sid'roc The'o dore Thor Tur'gar Vik'ing With'gar Wo'den Wul'stan