The Ballad of the White Horse (Version 2)

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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)

Genre(s): Single author, Ballads

Language: English

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