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The Ballad of the White Horse
     

The Ballad of the White Horse

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by G. K. Chesterton
 

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One of the last great epic poems, this ballad tells the tale of Alfred the Great's unlikely victory — with the assistance of the Virgin Mary — over Gunthrum and the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune. A Catholic allegory relying more upon legends than historical facts, this chronicle is often considered Chesterton's greatest literary achievement. 

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One of the last great epic poems, this ballad tells the tale of Alfred the Great's unlikely victory — with the assistance of the Virgin Mary — over Gunthrum and the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune. A Catholic allegory relying more upon legends than historical facts, this chronicle is often considered Chesterton's greatest literary achievement. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486475639
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
07/21/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
494,425
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories-first carefully turning them inside out." For example, Chesterton wrote "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." Chesterton is well known for his reasoned apologetics and even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both liberalism and conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify such a position with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius".

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Ballad of the White Horse 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This copy is very jumbled and hard to read....good book, but get a different version.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Multiple selections of same book title indicate this is a poorly transferred print to digital copy. All cannot have the same problem. Please check this problem. If I do it I will not get refunded for defective copies. It is great to have access to classics, but digital copies should work as easily as a real book.
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