The books of G.A Henty start of in war. His books are about a young boy who worked for the king, in the military.
“The Dragon and the Raven” starts of when a young boy, who was a country boy, was needed in war before and after his father death in the second battle, and he had to flee with his uncle to the king of Wessex. And there the young boy Edmund became a thane with his uncle at his side. Edmund was about 19-20 years old; he, his uncle, and couple hundred of their own countrymen fought many battles together.
The Danes seem to repopulating and getting even more men somewhere, and they only had a few hundred and the Danes had thousands. So with so little men they killed about ½ or more of their enemy’s army in each battle. Many years later they had built a fort and a ship. They even had sunken many ships of the enemies’ ships or conquered many of the ships with the ship “Dragon” as it was called. Sometime after that they had stopped fighting and finally had peace for many decades.
“Wulf the Saxon” was a made up character. The book started off when Wulf worked for the king, and while running an errand, he bumped into another page. And this page was named William, who began to start an argument. After that argument years pasted, and during those years Wulf becomes one of the leaders of an army; Herold’s wife, at that time, divorces Herold in duty, and Herold had to marry one of his brother-in-law’s sister in duty.
Herold’s life is in danger and Wulf acts as a detective person, and asks one of his best friends whose name was Osgod, who is taller, and a year older than Wulf if he can use his father’s apprentice to be a spy for not only him or the king, but for England. About a month later Ulf, Osgod’s father’s apprentice, comes with news to Osgod’s father and explained that the king is going to be assassinated. With this news that Wulf and Osgod got; Wulf, Osgod, and Boroern, one of the king’s thanes and one of the Wulf’s friends, guarded the king and the queen during the night.
Wulf was on guard when William and some of his followers attacked the guards who were guarding the king and the queen. At the end of the attack all the foes were dead as door nails, including William who had a dagger in his throat. Wulf was severely injured. A few months later an attack was made at Stamford Bridge, and the war lasted the whole day until the last foe fell, they found that a great number of them perished.
After that they had to fight another foe a day’s journey away. When they reached the foes they fought for two to three days straight, morning and night, until the king died, then they started to fail, and the foes finally won and were about to kill the survivors when one of the foes said something like this “Keep those men, for they I owe a dept. for saving my life and many others.”.
So Wulf, Boroen, and Osgod, after he was found, went to Normandy and stayed there with the wife of the duke William until they were healed from their wounds from the war that they just fought. These three were captives that did not surrender, and did not run away from their master that was in charge of them until they were healed, and with their obedience Wulf and Boroen gained their previous estates and they even gained estates somewhat ten times bigger than their previous estates.
His book “White Fang” is the only book so far that tells a story about an animal. This book starts off with great detail were the story begins. This book like Henty’s book’s “Dragon and the Raven” it contains a plot about fighting for freedom and self-defense, has two races of people know mostly in this book as “gods” to White Fang.
“White fang” got his name from Indian’s in the North; “the fighting wolf” from fighting and killing other dogs; and got his name “Blessed Wolf” sometime after being in the south, surviving from saving his master’s father and family. He got all of his names from doing something.
It is unique that he had three owners, and got three different names after he did something. He was called “Blessed Wolf” for the rest of his happy life.
- All the stories had happy endings.
- All had great leaders (although white fang was part wolf and part dog, he was a leader of a dog sled team.).
- All the main characters receive deadly wounds that were recorded in the books.
- All the characters were almost killed.
- The characters were fighting for life, freedom, and liberty.
- All the fights were not started by the main characters.