If you are not familiar with the story of Wulf the Saxon, this is a fictional tale of a young Englishman named Wulf, who serves under King Herald. The story immerses you in the culture of life around the year 1065 when the Normans invaded England. You will easily find yourself wrapped up with the bonds of friendship, broken hearted over a marriage that could never be, and biting your nails waiting to see who is going to make it through the many battles.
Throughout the story we see Wulf risk his life for his king and friends, we see him fighting bravely for the cause of his king and country at all cost, and along the way we root for the possibility of love between him and Agnes. It’s not hard to pull out the major themes of love, loyalty and sacrifice from this story.
Because this particular time frame was one that we have not studied thus far in our homeschool, it gave us the opportunity to discuss the different aspects of society at this time. We learned the difference between a duke and an earl and why a King might have to marry for the security of his country and not necessarily out of love. We were also able to do a quick lesson on the Battle of Hastings and explain it’s relevance to even us today. I’m looking forward to being able to revisit this in the future when we come upon this section of history.
Each of my children had their own thoughts about the story, here is what they had to say:
Zoe (14yrs): “I knew from the start that Wulf would marry Agnes. They were both kind of awkward with each other.”
Zack (12yrs): “I really liked how adventurous and daring Wulf was. He was brave and wasn’t scared of anything.”
Olivia (9yrs) “This story teaches us how to be a good friend, and why trust is important.”
Maddie (6yrs) “I liked the sound and the talking”
Buy it Yourself:
If you have children that enjoy wars and battles, then this is going to be a must have on your reading/listening list. The story line is so captivating that you can almost picture yourself fighting right along side Wulf and his comrades. Heirloom Audio Productions really pulled together an amazing top notch cast to produce this story.
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