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By Bernard Cornwell

The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling sequence chronicling the epic saga of the making of britain, “like video game of Thrones, yet genuine” (The Observer, London)—the foundation for The final Kingdom, the hit BBC the United States tv series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of britain within the ninth and tenth centuries, the years within which King Alfred the nice, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied 3 of England’s 4 kingdoms.

The tale is noticeable in the course of the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who's captured as a toddler by means of the Danes after which raised by means of them in order that, by the point the Northmen start their attack on Wessex (Alfred’s country and the final territory in English arms) Uhtred nearly thinks of himself as a Dane. He definitely has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no fit for Viking savagery, but whilst Alfred without notice defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves activate Uhtred, he's ultimately pressured to settle on facets. by way of now he's a tender guy, in love, knowledgeable to struggle and able to take his position within the dreaded defend wall. certainly, although, he needs to get better his father’s land, the enthralling castle of Bebbanburg by way of the wild northern sea.

This exciting adventure—based on present files of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time whilst legislation and order have been ripped violently aside by means of a pagan attack on Christian England, an attack that got here very as regards to destroying England.

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A Saxon? ” “Are you a Saxon, Uhtred? ” “I’m a Dane,” I acknowledged. “And a Dane,” Ravn went on, “who rainy his sword at Readingum. rainy it, Guthrum, with Saxon blood. ” That was once a barbed remark, for Guthrum’s black-clothed males had now not fought outdoor the partitions. “And who’s the lady in the back of you? ” “Brida,” Ravn stated, “who will at some point be a skald and a sorceress. ” Guthrum didn't recognize what to claim to that. He glowered at his horse’s mane for a couple of strides, then lower back to his unique topic. “Does Ragnar are looking to be king? ” “Ragnar desires to kill people,” Ravn acknowledged. “My son’s pursuits are only a few, in basic terms to listen to jokes, resolve riddles, get inebriated, supply earrings, lie stomach to abdominal with ladies, devour good, and visit Odin. ” “Wessex wishes a powerful man,” Guthrum acknowledged obscurely, “a guy who is aware easy methods to govern. ” “Sounds like a husband,” Ravn stated. “We take their strongholds,” Guthrum acknowledged, “but we go away part their land untouched! Even Northumbria is simply part garrisoned. Mercia has despatched males to Wessex, and they’re purported to be on our facet. We win, Ravn, yet we don’t end the task. ” “And how will we do this? ” Ravn requested. “More males, extra ships, extra deaths. ” “Deaths? ” “Kill all of them! ” Guthrum acknowledged with a surprising vehemence. “Every final one! now not a Saxon alive. ” “Even the ladies? ” Ravn requested. “We may perhaps depart a few younger ones,” Guthrum stated grudgingly, then scowled at me. “What are you taking a look at, boy? ” “Your bone, lord,” I stated nodding on the gold-tipped bone placing in his hair. He touched the bone. “It’s certainly one of my mother’s ribs,” he stated. “She was once an exceptional girl, a superb girl, and she or he is going with me at any place i am going. you may do worse, Ravn, than make a tune for my mom. You knew her, didn’t you? ” “I did indeed,” Ravn acknowledged blandly. “I knew her good adequate, Guthrum, to fret that I lack the poetic abilities to make a music helpful of such an illustrious lady. ” The mockery flew immediately prior Guthrum the unfortunate. “You may well try,” he acknowledged. “You may well attempt, and that i may pay a lot gold for an excellent track approximately her. ” He was once mad, i assumed, mad as an owl at noon, after which I forgot him as the military of Wessex used to be forward, barring our highway and delivering conflict. The dragon banner of Wessex used to be flying at the summit of an extended low hill that lay athwart our street. to arrive Æbbanduna, which obviously lay a quick means past the hill and used to be hidden by means of it, we'd have to assault up the slope and throughout that ridge of open grassland, yet to the north, the place the hills fell away to the river Temes, there has been a tune alongside the river, which prompt we'd skirt the enemy place. to forestall us he would have to come down the hill and provides conflict on point flooring. Halfdan known as the Danish leaders jointly they usually talked for a very long time, obviously disagreeing approximately what can be performed. a few males desired to assault uphill and scatter the enemy the place they have been, yet others urged struggling with the West Saxons within the flat river meadows, and in spite of everything Earl Guthrum the unfortunate persuaded them to do either. That, in fact, intended splitting our military into , besides i presumed it was once a smart proposal.

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