The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Chesterton’s Ballad of the White Horse

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The world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Chesterton’s The Ballad of the White Horse. In this fine epic, Alfred the Great takes on the assembled Danish might at the Battle of Ethandun: having little to hope of victory by arms alone – trusting instead to a vision vouchsafed to him by the virgin Mary.

  • Will King Alfred make good his shattered fortunes on this field of Battle? And if he does – what then for England?
  • Even in defeat the Danes are formidable: can they regroup quickly enough to make Ethandun merely a Pyrrhic victory?

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