The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation.
As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices.
King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
Uhtred‘s loyalty – and his vows – were to Alfred, not to his son, and despite his long years of service to Alfred, he is still not committed to the Saxon cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north. But the challenge to him, as the king’s warrior, is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred’s dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.
This novel is a dramatic story of the power of tribal commitment and the terrible difficulties of divided loyalties.
This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by the master of historical fiction.
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Praise for THE BURNING LAND:
‘Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed’
Praise for AZINCOURT:
'This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail
'The historical blockbuster of the year' Evening Standard
‘If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past’ Daily Telegraph
‘A runaway success’ Observer
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
‘The characterisation, as ever, is excellent…And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war’ Sunday Telegraph
This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution’ News of the World
‘He’s called a master story-teller. Really he’s cleverer than that’ TelegraphFrom the Back Cover:
The sixth installment of Bernard Cornwell s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, like Game of Thrones, but real (The Observer, London) the basis forThe Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.
As the ninth century wanes, England is perched once more on the brink of chaos. King Alfred is dying; with his passing, the island of Britain seems doomed to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him, but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
With the promise of battle looming again, Uhtred, the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between competing loyalties. Uhtred s loyalty, and his vows, are to Alfred not to his son and despite long years of service to the old king, Uhtred is still reluctant to commit to Alfred s cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost ancestral lands and castle to the north. As the king s warrior he is duty-bound, but the king s reign is nearing its end, and his death will leave a vacuum of power. Uhtred is forced to make a momentous choice: either take up arms and Alfred s mantle to realize his dream of a united and Christian England, or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.
Death of Kingsis a harrowing story of the power of tribal commitment and the dilemma of divided loyalties. This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by the best historical novelist writing today (Vince Flynn)."
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Book Description Harper Collins Publ. UK, 2011. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Neu. Gebraucht - Wie neu Unbenutzt. Schnelle Lieferung, Kartonverpackung. Abzugsfähige Rechnung. Bei Mehrfachbestellung werden die Versandkosten anteilig erstattet. - Der sechste Roman der 'Making of England-Serie' sieht das Ende des neunten Jahrhunderts, das Chaos scheint mit dem bevorstehenden Tod König Alfreds wieder über das Land hereinzubrechen. Wo liegt die Loyalität seines geschworener Kämpfer Uhtred: wird er dem Sohn seines Königs dienen, und damit auch der Vereinigung Englands, oder dem Ruf seiner Heimat in den Norden folgen 335 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # INF1000037222
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007331797
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007331797