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The Lords of the North (2006)

by Bernard Cornwell

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Series: The Saxon Chronicles (3)

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From Bernard Cornwell, the undisputed master of historical fiction, comes the third volume in the exhilarating Saxon Chronicles.

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword. Needing other allies he chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Instead of victory Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great.

A breathtaking adventure, Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and Danes gradually become one people, adopting each other's languages and fighting side by side.

Performed by Jamie Glover

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How many times can somebody save Uhtred at the last minute? The world may never know. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 23, 2024 |
Historical Fiction
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Another great chapter in Uhtred's life. The prose is very straightforward, and I can see how to some people that would be a turn off, but I love it. It's especially helpful during battle/fight scenes because I've always had trouble visualizing them and there's no flowery prose to confuse me.

We finally meet Finan!!! He was my favorite in the TV show and damn, he's a bit more intense in the book. There were a few times where I was like, "Finan, calm tf down, dude."

There is quite a lot more action in this book even though it mostly takes place in Northumbria. It also felt more violent too, but that may be because the second book didn't have much action in it, so in comparison this one feels more violent.

Overall, I'm so enjoying this series and looking forward to the next book! ( )
  LynnMPK | Nov 1, 2023 |
Another enjoyable one, glad to see Uhtred reunited with Ragnar, it’s better that way, but I feel I might be ruing that statement down the line. I hope not. ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed so of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory but is now disgusted by Alfred’s lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunhilm.
Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword. ( )
  creighley | Jul 28, 2022 |
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Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

From Bernard Cornwell, the undisputed master of historical fiction, comes the third volume in the exhilarating Saxon Chronicles.

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword. Needing other allies he chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Instead of victory Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great.

A breathtaking adventure, Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and Danes gradually become one people, adopting each other's languages and fighting side by side.

Performed by Jamie Glover

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