GK Chesterton reckoned that The Ballad of the White Horse to be his greatest work. It was the only work that he considered to be worthy enough to dedicate to his wife.
The Ballad essentially chronicles the Battle of Ethandune and King Alfred the Great.
Chesterton claimed that the Ballad was not recording historical fact but legend and myth.
What will become clear to the reader is that the ballad itself is a little bit of literary history.
Bonus Material—In addition to the full text of the Ballad, we have included a discourse by Chesterton on Ethandune not originally included in the original Volume.
References have been added to explain historical context, translation of foreign phrases and definitions of uncommon words.