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The Last Kingdom (2005)

by Bernard Cornwell

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Series: The Saxon Chronicles (1)

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Uhtred is an English boy of 9th century Northumbria, orphaned at ten, adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is bound up with King Alfred, who rules over the last English kingdom, after the Danes overrun the other three. That war, with its massacres, defeats and betrayals, is the background to Uhtred's childhood, and leaves him uncertain of his loyalties. After witnessing a slaughter, he joins the English side just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet. Marriage ties him further to Alfred's kingdom, but when his wife and child vanish during a Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest Viking chieftain in a battle beside the sea, and there he discovers his true allegiance.… (more)
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    The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell (Donogh)
    Donogh: As you rooted for the British against the Saxons in Cornwell's 'The Winter King', so shall you root for the Saxons agains the Danes in Cornwell's 'The Last Kingdom'
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    Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton (mcenroeucsb)
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    The Right Line of Cedric, A Novel of the Life of Alfred the Great by Alfred Duggan (themulhern)
    themulhern: King Alfred books. But Duggan's is the drier, for sure.
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    Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick (caimanjosh)
    caimanjosh: Elizabeth Chadwick strikes me as providing the female perspective on medieval England, while Bernard Cornwell provides a decidedly masculine perspective. Both authors succeed in writing highly entertaining historical fiction with a strong sense of the time period. If you like one, it's definitely worth trying the other.… (more)

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Good book and well written.
You have an English boy captured by the Danes and pretty much raised by the Danes.At one point his Dane father is killed by some enemy Danes.This drives him to an English kingdom at which point he decides to be English and someday have revenge for his Danish father's death.

The battle scenes alone are fantastic! ( )
  chalton | Jul 14, 2020 |
Great fun! ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
This is Cornwell’s first book in the Saxon Tales (the series was renamed the Last Kingdom, I guess because of the Netflix show) & my 2nd read of it. The MC is “Uhtred son of Uhtred” (you have to use the character’s voice from the show), and this is the story of his childhood—how he, a Saxon, became a Dane, and then a Saxon again. Lots of background in this one, to prepare us for the series. Read it. Then read the series & watch the show. Worth it. ( )
  KarenMonsen | May 17, 2020 |
I've found myself a new favourite author and a 13 part series to read! The author can trace his ancestry back to Uhtred the Bold, Earl of Northumbria and the main character in this book - imagine that! The story takes place in the 9th and 10th centuries when the Vikings were invading, and the English were unifying into a nation. Life expectancy was short and life could be brutal. This is my second book by Bernard Cornwell and once again, I found the writing exceptional, although, to be honest, I did stumble on some of the olde English place names - but I didn't let that ruin the narrative. ( )
  Fliss88 | Apr 21, 2020 |
Sometimes you just want to pull a book off the shelf and disappear into it for a weekend, and this is definitely such a book. A gripping and engagingly told tale of great historical events that forged a nation, interwoven with personal insights and relatable characters. Historical fiction at its best. ( )
  gothamajp | Apr 12, 2020 |
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Cornwell, Bernardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cerutti Pini, DonatellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeble, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Last Kingdom is for Judy, with love. Wyrd bið ful āræd.
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In the middle years of the ninth century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until only one realm remained. Suddenly the fate of all England--and the course of history--depended upon one man, one king.
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