Athelstane the Unready

Slow to think and act, but brave and steady when aroused, with an insatiable appetite for food — this characterizes the "noble" Saxon. He accepts the arrangement of the marriage to Rowena more because of pride and expediency than from any involvement of the heart, so that when he gives her up it is a matter of no great concern. He is often a comic figure and never more so than when he is describing his escape from the coffin.

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