Based on the recorded career of Cedd, a Christian missionary among the East Saxons in the seventh century, and incorporating...

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Based on the recorded career of Cedd, a Christian missionary among the East Saxons in the seventh century, and incorporating findings from the Sutton Hoo ship burial discovered in 1939, this is really the story of a boy named Wulf, an outsider type who develops a strong and sudden attachment to a stranger who comes by ship and spends a night with Wulf's family, introducing them to Christian beliefs and promising to return in spring. When Cedd does return it is to build a cathedral and Wulf, overjoyed on seeing him again, decides to join the monastery that will be attached. The slight but seriously told story has the air of a pious legend although Wulf does not exist even in legend and his conversion has little to do with piety as it is clearly the presence and personality of Cedd that motivates the fatherless boy.

Pub Date: April 22, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Seabury

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974