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The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1) (original 1995; edition 1997)

by Bernard Cornwell

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Set in Britain's Dark Ages, this story of Arthur journeys beyond the usual tales of chivalry and romance to introduce Arthur as a man of honor, loyalty, amazing valor, and a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than ever before. It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur. The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant. As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.… (more)
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Title:The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1)
Authors:Bernard Cornwell
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (1997), Paperback, 433 pages
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The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell (1995)

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    The Last Kingdom 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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Nice first part about Arthur, how Bernard Cornwell mixes history and Fantasy and places Arthur and other characters (who may or may not have existed then or later or at all) in the period after the Romans left Britain (5th-6th century AD). I found it original how the story is "told" from the viewpoint of one of Arthur's warriors, how the man tells it when he's old(er) and no longer a warrior. His goal is to keep the story about Arthur and his dream of a united Britain alive. Of course the Church or Christianity also plays a role in the story, together with Druidism. Battles are a key element in this book, but there's no round table. Nice turnarounds, too, as the story progresses. But somehow I did have some troubles to quickly advance through the story, which perhaps was because I forced myself to carry on. On to Enemy Of God then, but first another, different book, to change my focus a bit. p.s.: at the end, mr. Cornwell explains how he got to write the story, what's real, what's not, which sources he used, etcetera. This is a plus! ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Way too long, really could have done with an editor to take around half out. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Struggled to get thru this one ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
Struggled to get thru this one ( )
  Andy_DiMartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
An interesting rendition of the myths surrounding Arthur. A viable interpretation of Cornwall's research of history and mythology into the captivating story of the dark ages.
Plenty of gore and guts in description of battles. Colourful mystical druids
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  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
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Set in Britain's Dark Ages, this story of Arthur journeys beyond the usual tales of chivalry and romance to introduce Arthur as a man of honor, loyalty, amazing valor, and a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than ever before. It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur. The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant. As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.

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