Hounds of the King - Henry TreeceLondon: The Bodley Head, 1955, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss to the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages gently age-tanned.
Includes: Black & white drawings; Maps (1); Frontispiece;
From the cover: “One day a golden-haired warrior came riding to a Saxon village in Mercia, and tossed a penny to a boy… The warrior was called Harold, and the boy was Beornoth: the one Earl Godwin’s heir, the other a lowly thegn’s son, destined to serve his King until he perished in the savage hilltop fight known to future generations as the Battle of Hastings. For Beornoth became a Housecarle — one of that proud band of warriors who swore oaths to guard their King to the death, and who were known as ‘the King’s hounds’. This inspiring story, which presents a magnificent picture of Saxon England, follows the fortunes of Beornoth within that heroic band of comrades, the finest flower of English warriordom, which the Norman Duke William overcame at last. Those who already know Henry Treece’s historical novels for young people will find this the best story he has yet written.”