The Feast of the Epiphany, 878 ad. Gormr the Dane mounts a night attack on young Alfred’s lodge at Chippenham, where he celebrates with West Saxon leaders. Three times Alfred has “bought peace” from the Danes. Now Gormr’s corps of the Great Heathen Army drives Alfred into the wilderness. The struggle for supremacy between Christian Saxons and pagan Danes tests each people’s endurance, loyalty, cunning, and faith in divine sanction for its survival. History unfolds, as it does, in calamity and miracle. A war epic in the tradition of Homer and Vergil, Eþandun (eth´-an-dune) paints Western Christendom in its darkest hour.
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