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The Last Kingdom By Bernard Cornwell

The Last Kingdom
by Bernard Cornwell

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The first book in a brand new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred.

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The Last Kingdom Summary


The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1) by Bernard Cornwell

The first book in a brand new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred.

Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at ten, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault.

The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up. He is left uncertain of his loyalties but a slaughter in a winter dawn propels him to the English side and he will become a man just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet on Alfred's kingdom. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance.

The Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell's books, is firmly based on true history. It is the first novel of a series that will tell the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants and of the enemies they faced, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother, Ubba. Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a story of divided loyalties, reluctant love and desperate heroism. In Uhtred, he has created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom one of his most powerful and passionate novels.

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The Last Kingdom Reviews


`This has all the bloodiness, betrayal, bravery and honour that we've come to expect from Cornwell.' Sunday Express

`It is stirring stuff, and few writers are better qualified than Cornwell to do justice to the excitement of the times...Ninth-century Britain and a master of straightforward storytelling - it is a marriage made in heaven.' Sunday Telegraph

About Bernard Cornwell


Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC Television for seven years, mostly as a producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television's Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.

Additional information

GOR000374712
The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1) by Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2005-04-02
496
0007149913
9780007149919
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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