Does your family like audios? Whatever the answer is, you'll want to take a look at this wonderful audio theatre production based on a classic G.A. Henty book.
Heirloom Audio Productions brings another fantastic G.A. Henty novel to life with Wulf the Saxon! It's a trilogy of love, sacrifice, and liberty. With over 2 hours of adventures, your children will be captivated by the stamina and sheer will of how the English-Saxons fought tenaciously for their freedom.
My family was first introduced to Heirloom Audio Production's audio dramas in 2015, and we were instantly hooked. At the time, we were constantly seeking audiobooks to add to our growing collection. My brother, a fellow homeschooler, told me all about the Henty audio dramas.
Who is Wulf the Saxon?
The story begins with two boys on a boat in the English Channel, speaking with a French accent. They meet the narrator of the story, Mr. George who proclaims he is a student of history and on his way to Beyer. As he develops a friendship with the French boys, he teaches them about the hierarchy of the English noblemen.
This leads the conversation into the most important event in their history. The Battle of Hastings in 1066.
The history is well-documented thanks to a tapestry embroidered with the timeline of events that occurred.
It begins with Edward the Confessor as the King of the Saxons and Harold as an Earl. Harold calls in a 16-year-old Page who gets into a brawl with a Norman page and bishop. The page, named Wulf, is temporarily removed from the court and sent back to Steyning Hall to teach him a lesson of patience. Thankfully, a friend comes with him as a squire and they go back to his estate.
A year goes by -- Earl Harold pardons Wulf and heads back to England as a ward in Harold's inner circle. Wulf has matured and is thankful for his pardon. He becomes instant friends with Beoron.
The next scene reveals Harold's inner circle is on a ship and struggling to stay afloat. They desperately reach shore right into the hands of Count Conrad, a Norman. Harold knows he's doomed and secretly tells the boys to find a way to escape the French ground. Later, Wulf escapes and goes back to tell the King that Harold is a prisoner of the Normans. Wulf develops a friendship with Lady Agnes and her brother.
Sir William tricks Harold into swearing his loyalty on ancient relics and the stunt infuriates him and his Thanes. As the story unfolds, we are taken through the hardships of war between the Saxons and the Normans, along with the Welsh when crossing over Wales. Harold puts his confidence in Wulf as he leads the charge in organizing an ambush over the Welsh castle.
Harold is in love with Edith, but she doesn't have political ties and eventually, Edith sacrifices her love for Harold. She forces him to marry for the good of the country. Harold reluctantly asks for the hand in marriage of Edwin's sister, and he agrees.
As the Normans and Saxons continue fighting, King William dies and Harold is next in line. After some coaxing from Harold, Wulf visits a special lady for her hand in marriage. There it is...love, sacrifice, and liberty. It's all about a love of country, a sacrifice of lives, and the final outcome of liberty. But, you'll have to listen for yourself to get all of the details!
There are several options for purchasing this audio drama including a physical 2 CD set for just $29.97, plus shipping and handling. Or, you can buy the MP3 download for only $19.97. It's worth the investment for several reasons. Audiobooks teach history, strengths auditory skills, and it keeps the kids calm in the car! Need I say more?!!!
For even more action and adventure, take a look at all 9 of their audio dramas. If you're looking for a bargain, consider joining the Live The Adventure Club. For only the cost of a fast food meal at $7.95 a month, you get 3 2-CD sets shipped directly to you, stream over 500 Old-Time Radio Shows, plus games, educational resources, devotionals and more to enhance your knowledge of history. Check it out by clicking the image below.