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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 online game of Thrones, yet genuine” (The Observer, London)—the foundation for The final Kingdom, the hit BBC the US tv series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of britain within the ninth and tenth centuries, the years during 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 visible during the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who's captured as a baby by means of the Danes after which raised via them in order that, by the point the Northmen start their attack on Wessex (Alfred’s nation and the final territory in English palms) Uhtred virtually 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 warning defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves activate Uhtred, he's eventually compelled to settle on facets. via now he's a tender guy, in love, knowledgeable to struggle and able to take his position within the dreaded guard wall. certainly, notwithstanding, he needs to get better his father’s land, the enthralling fortress of Bebbanburg by means of the wild northern sea.

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

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A handsome guy, i assumed, and he used to be kin, and that appeared unusual for I knew no kinfolk other than Ragnar, Ravn, Rorik, and Brida. Ragnar had his males strip Æthelwulf of his armor and take his priceless helmet, after which, as the ealdorman had fought so bravely, Ragnar left the corpse its different outfits and placed a sword into its hand in order that the gods may possibly take the Mercian’s soul to the good corridor the place courageous warriors ceremonial dinner with Odin. and maybe the Valkyries did take his soul, as the subsequent morning, once we went out to bury the useless, Ealdorman Æthelwulf’s physique was once long gone. I heard later, a lot later, that he used to be certainly my uncle. I additionally heard that a few of his personal males had crept again to the sector that evening and by some means chanced on their lord’s physique and brought it to his personal state for a Christian burial. and maybe that's precise, too. or even Æthelwulf is in Odin’s corpse corridor. yet we had obvious the West Saxons off. And we have been nonetheless hungry. So it was once time to fetch the enemy’s meals. Why did I struggle for the Danes? All lives have questions, and that one nonetheless haunts me, notwithstanding honestly there has been no secret. To my younger brain the choice used to be to be sitting in a few monastery studying to learn, and provides a boy a decision like that and he may struggle for the satan instead of scratch on a tile or make marks on a clay capsule. And there has been Ragnar, whom I enjoyed, and who despatched his 3 ships around the Temes to discover hay and oats kept in Mercian villages and he came upon barely enough in order that by the point the military marched westward our horses have been in moderate . We have been marching on Æbbanduna, one other frontier city at the Temes among Wessex and Mercia, and, based on our prisoner, a spot the place the West Saxons had collected their provides. Take Æbbanduna and Æthelred’s military will be in need of meals, Wessex might fall, England may vanish, and Odin may triumph. there has been the small topic of defeating the West Saxon military first, yet we marched simply 4 days after routing them in entrance of the partitions of Readingum, so we have been blissfully convinced that they have been doomed. Rorik stayed at the back of, for he used to be ill back, and the numerous hostages, just like the Mercian twins Ceolberht and Ceolnoth, additionally stayed in Readingum, guarded there through the small garrison we left to observe over the valuable ships. the remainder of us marched or rode. i used to be one of the older of the men who observed the military; our task in conflict was once to hold the spare shields which may be driven ahead throughout the ranks in conflict. Shields obtained chopped to items in battling. i've got usually visible warriors combating with a sword or ax in a single hand, and not anything however the iron protect boss hung with scraps of wooden within the different. Brida additionally got here with us, fixed at the back of Ravn on his horse, and for a time I walked with them, listening as Ravn rehearsed the hole traces of a poem referred to as “The Fall of the West Saxons. ” He had received so far as directory our heroes, and describing how they readied themselves for conflict, whilst a type of heroes, the gloomy Earl Guthrum, rode along us.

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