With most of Britain conquered by the Danes the fate of England--and the course of history--depended on one man. King Alfred the Great.
Saxon Stories #1
On Sale: February 1, 2005
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From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times
bestselling author whom the Washington Post
calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure
novels today," comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and
betrayal that brings to center stage King Alfred the Great,
one of the most crucial (but oft-forgotten) figures in
English history. It is King Alfred and his heirs who, in
the ninth and tenth centuries, with their backs against the
wall, fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of
Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings,
whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied
three of England's four kingdoms.
Bernard Cornwell's epic novel opens in A.D. 866. Uhtred, a
boy of ten and the son of a nobleman, is captured in the
same battle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the
Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his
own, teaching him the Viking ways of war. As a young man
expected to take part in raids and bloody massacres against
the English, he grapples with divided loyalties -- between
Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred,
whose piety and introspection leave him cold. It takes a
terrible slaughter and the unexpected joys of marriage for
Uhtred to discover his true allegiance -- and to rise to
his greatest challenge.
In Uhtred, Cornwell has created perhaps his richest and
most complex protagonist, and through him, he has
magnificently evoked an era steeped in dramatic pageantry
and historical significance. For if King Alfred fails to
defend his last kingdom, England will be overrun, and the
entire course of history will change.
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