Wenceslas: A Chistmas Tale on the Feast of Stephen
Many have heard the Christmas song, "Good King Wenceslas," but few know its origin. In this vivid retelling, Andy Sheehan will sweep you away to medieval Bohemia to meet Duke Wenceslas and his young page Podevin, both real life historical characters. Join them for succulent feasts, a harrowing journey, and an invaluable Christmas lesson for your whole family. More
If you've ever heard the song, "Good King Wenceslas" and wondered what it's about, we have something in common. I started writing "Wenceslas" in December of 2010 after having listened to the carol, intending to give my story to my friends and family as a Christmas gift that year. I didn't know that I wouldn't finish it until Christmas Eve 2011.
After much fascinating research, I was able to knit together a Christmas story starring Duke Wenceslas of Bohemia and his servant Podevin, both actual historical figures. Though we know little of them today, we can, through their recorded acts, get an idea of just what kind of people they were.
Therefore, though most of this tale is pure fiction, it may not be inconsistent with the duke's and page's characters.
Its lesson is the same that John Mason Neale communicated when he wrote the lyrics for "Good King Wenceslas" in 1853: You'll find blessing when you bless the poor.
With that lesson in mind, I've left you to determine your own price. All proceeds from this sale will go to support the efforts of Hope City, a homeless ministry in Kansas City, Missouri.
Please feel free to donate as much or as little as you like, and share "Wenceslas" with your family and friends.
Thank you, and may God richly bless you this Christmas!