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Read online The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1).pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) This is the story of the making of England in the th and th centuries the years in which King Alfred the Great his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England s four kingdoms .

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred a dispossessed nobleman who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex Alfred s kingdom and the last territory in English hands Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane He certainly has no love for Alfred whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred he is finally forced to choose sides By now he is a young man in love trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall Above all though he wishes to recover his father s land the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea .

This thrilling adventure based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell s ancestors depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England an assault that came very close to destroying England by Bernard Cornwell

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The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
Title:The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
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Number of Pages:368
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
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The enemy is massing on the borders a united force for once br br The king a man of many victories is in failing health and his heir is an untested youth br br Uthred the king s champion leads his country s forces to war but his victory is soured by personal tragedy and by the envy of the king s court So he breaks with the king and takes off for the land of his birth determined to resist all calls for his return That is until one unexpected request br br This is the making of England brought magnificently to life by the master of historical fiction, In i The Winter King i and i Enemy of God i Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time Now in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur s final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams br br This is the tale not only of a broken love remade but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for Peopled by princesses and bards by warriors and magicians i Excalibur i is the story of love war loyalty and betrayal the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers br, The second installment of Bernard Cornwell s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England like Game of Thrones but real The Observer London the basis for The Last Kingdom the hit television series br br This is the exciting yet little known story of the making of England in the th and th centuries the years in which King Alfred the Great his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England s four kingdoms br br At the end of The Last Kingdom The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England s four kingdoms and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers including Uhtred the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart and has always believed that given the chance he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways But when Iseult a powerful sorceress enters Uhtred s life he is forced to consider feelings he s never confronted before and Uhtred discovers in his moment of greatest peril a new found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler, Agincourt is one of the epic battles of history It was fought by two badly matched armies that met in atrocious conditions on St Crispin s Day and resulted in an extraordinary victory that was celebrated in England long before Shakespeare immortalised it in i Henry V i It has always been held to be the triumph of the longbow against the armoured knight and of the common man against the feudal aristocrat but those are history s myths Bernard Cornwell who has long wanted to write this story depicts the reality behind the myths br br Nicholas Hook is an English archer He seems born to trouble and when his lord orders him to London as part of a force sent to quell an expected Lollard uprising Nick s headstrong behaviour leads to him being proscribed an outlaw He finds refuge across the Channel part of an English mercenary force protecting the town of Soissons against the French What happened at the Siege of Soissons shocked all Europe and propels Nick back to England where he is enrolled in the archer companyof the doughty Sir John Cornwaille a leader of Henry V s army The army was superb but sickness and the unexpected French defiance at Harfleur reduce it to near shambolic condition Henry stubbornly refuses to accept defeat and in appalling weather leads his shrunken force to what appears to be inevitable disaster br br i Azincourt i culminates in the battle Seen from several points of view on the English side but also from the French ranks the scene is vivid convincing and compelling Bernard Cornwell has a great understanding of men at war and battlefields and this is his masterpiece This is what it must have been like to fight at Agincourt