The King's Shadow
Evyn, a young Welsh serf, has dreamed all his life of becoming a storyteller. But in a cruel twist of fate, Evyn and his father suffer a brutal attack by a group of murderous ruffians. Evyn's tongue is cut off and his father is killed. Orphaned and unable to speak, Evyn assumes he is destined to a life of slavery. But Evyn is resilient and teaches himself to read and write. He is then appointed the personal companion to Earl Harold of Wessex, who later becomes the King of England. The two travel the countryside together, forming a close father-son bond. Evyn chronicles all of their exciting journeys, which culminate at the Battle of Hastings, where the future of the country is decided.
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Aethelney army asked battle battle-ax Brother Alfred called Carmarthen cave chamber cloak courage dark Duke William Duke's Ealdred Earl Harold Earl of Northumbria Earl of Wessex Edwin England English Eostre Evyn felt Evyn heard Evyn knew Evyn nodded Evyn saw Evyn thought Evyn took Evyn watched Evyn's eyes face father fell fight fire fyrd Godwin grew Gryffin Gyrth hair Hakon Hall hand Harald Hardrada Harold Godwinson head heart helmet High Table hills horse housecarls King Edward King's knees Lady Ealdgyth land Leofwine Lewys London longship looked lord master monastery monks Morcar night Norman Normandy Northumbria Norwegians quickly reached Rhywallon's ride riders rode saddle Saxons scout Shadow shield wall ships shook shouted side silence slave sleep smile soldiers spoke squire Stamford Bridge stared stood sword Thorketil Tostig tree tunic Uncle Morgan voice waiting warrior whispered witan words