The Ballad of the White Horse (Version 3)

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

This epic poem is about Alfred the Great's defense of Christian England against the pagan Viking invaders. The decisive battle is fought in sight of a white horse mark made on a hill, after which the poem is named. As the white horse mark must be continually maintained by weeding to be clearly seen, Chesterton sees it as a symbol of the continual struggle to maintain the Christian culture and values for which Alfred the Great fought. - Summary by Robin Lamb

Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, Epics, Christian Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Prefatory Note and Dedication Robin Lamb
Play 01 Book I. The Vision of the King Robin Lamb
Play 02 Book II. The Gathering of the Chiefs Robin Lamb
Play 03 Book III. The Harp of Alfred Robin Lamb
Play 04 Book IV. The Woman in the Forest Robin Lamb
Play 05 Book V. Ethandune: The First Stroke Robin Lamb
Play 06 Book VI. Ethandune: The Slaying of the Chiefs Robin Lamb
Play 07 Book VII. Ethandune: The Last Charge Robin Lamb
Play 08 Book VIII. The Scouring of the Horse Robin Lamb