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Bernard Cornwell Warrior Chronicles Series 8 Books Set (The Pagan Lord, Death of Kings, The Lord of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, The Pale Horseman, The Last Kingdom, The Empty Throne)

by Bernard Cornwell

Series: The Saxon Chronicles (1-8)

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BBC2's major Autumn 2015 TV series THE LAST KINGDOM is based on Bernard Cornwell's bestselling novels on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The first eight books in the series, now in one complete eBook for the first time. THE LAST KINGDOM, THE PALE HORSEMAN, THE LORDS OF THE NORTH, SWORD SONG, THE BURNING LAND, DEATH OF KINGS, THE PAGAN LORD, THE EMPTY THRONE. Uhtred, born into Saxon aristocracy in ninth-century Northumbria is orphaned at ten. He is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The Last Kingdom is an epic series from the master of historical fiction, that tells the tale of Alfred the Great, his descendants, and the Viking enemies they face. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between Christianity and paganism is the background to this...… (more)
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I like Cornwell's historical fiction a great deal and can re-read some of his books (one of my tests of something worth holding onto). 'The last kingdom' and its attendant satellite texts are not so enjoyable for me as some others of his series (for example, the Sharpe books) but the first and others of this series are well told, well characterised and an eye-opening look at the ninth century in England, a time when Danes and Norsemen raided and settled. Part of the making of the land that became the British Empire. Uhtred is our first person narrator and 'hero'; I am not sure that he is quite so handsome as the TV series version but he is cut from the cloth of other historical fiction key protagonists. He is a warrior and one who should be allied with the invaders but in fact supports Alfred in the building of the land that will become Engaland. Uhtred does well according to the lights of the bloody times in which he lives. There is much to admire about him (though not perhaps if you are Christian or female).

Note that I haven't read all this series; have not read no.s 5, 6 and 7.
  StephenKimber | Mar 5, 2021 |
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BBC2's major Autumn 2015 TV series THE LAST KINGDOM is based on Bernard Cornwell's bestselling novels on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The first eight books in the series, now in one complete eBook for the first time. THE LAST KINGDOM, THE PALE HORSEMAN, THE LORDS OF THE NORTH, SWORD SONG, THE BURNING LAND, DEATH OF KINGS, THE PAGAN LORD, THE EMPTY THRONE. Uhtred, born into Saxon aristocracy in ninth-century Northumbria is orphaned at ten. He is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The Last Kingdom is an epic series from the master of historical fiction, that tells the tale of Alfred the Great, his descendants, and the Viking enemies they face. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between Christianity and paganism is the background to this...

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