Excerpt from The King's Passion
IN writing the story of Edmund of East Anglia, I have of necessity drawn the materials for my narrative from a variety of sources. The kindly Old monk, Roger of Wendover, has told me much. His chronicles contain intimate pictures of everyday li... fe, and of the happenings which caught his fancy. Thus kings, armies, saints, miracles, witches and devils, receive equal consideration; nor have the old gods strayed far from the scene of their worship.
Little by little, as the veils of contemporary superstitions fall away, Edmund stands out, virile and compelling, brave knight, true Englishman the Arthur oi the eastern counties.
Regarding his origin, authorities are divided. The greater number affirm that he came from the ancient home of the Saxon race in northern Germany others, again, give good reason for believing him to be English, by birth and parentage the direct desceu dant oi the royal line of East Anglia. I have followed the latter opinion.
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