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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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"Great battle scenes and brilliant political intrigue swirl about a cast of legendary but very human characters. The redoubtable Cornwell strikes again." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"A fantastic revision of the standard Arthurian legend." Booklist

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"[An] exemplary kickoff....Cornwell knows his history — the battle scenes are particularly fine — but not once does it get in the way of people of flesh and blood meeting on a darkened field of combat." Publishers Weekly

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"Without smoke and mirrors, the magic in The Winter King is conjured within the human heart." People

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"The strength of the tale lies in the way Cornwell tells it through the creation of flesh-and-blood players who make a historical period come magically alive." The Washington Post

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"Cornwell takes us into the world of mystery, adventure, passion, and love with exquisite skill. This is a riveting, heart-topping tale that will enchant all those who read it." Deepak Chopra

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The first volume of Cornwell's magnificent Arthurian saga, The Warlord Chronicles.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

The first volume of The Warlord Chronicles, the trilogy that forever changed the way the legend of Arthur is told.

"These are the tales of the last days before the great darkness descended....These are the tales of Arthur, the Warlord, the King that Never Was."

In The Winter King, Bernard Cornwell, who has been called "one of the most accomplished storytellers now writing," turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur.

The saga begins in fifth-century 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. Going far beyond the usual tales of romance and chivalry, The Winter King introduces us to Arthur the man rather than the legend-- a true hero; 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, a military genius, struggles with his small band of warriors to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell, born in Britain, is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including the Sharpe series. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

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Keith Campbell, February 2, 2011 (view all comments by Keith Campbell)
Another incredible write by Bernard Cornwell. If you've ever been intrigued by the historical/mythical adventures of Arthur, then there is no greater place to be enveloped than in Cornwell's trilogy. Where most classics of Arthur focus solely on the great King, Cornwell brings to life so many of those that could have stood side-by-side or stolidly against the Saviour of Britain. An exquisitely written tale!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312156961
Author:
Cornwell, Bernard
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Pigott-Smith, Tim
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Historical - Arthurian
Subject:
Britons
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Warlord Chronicles
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 cassettes, 6 hours
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7 x 5.32 x 1.13 in

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Product details 448 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312156961 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Great battle scenes and brilliant political intrigue swirl about a cast of legendary but very human characters. The redoubtable Cornwell strikes again."
"Review" by , "A fantastic revision of the standard Arthurian legend."
"Review" by , "[An] exemplary kickoff....Cornwell knows his history — the battle scenes are particularly fine — but not once does it get in the way of people of flesh and blood meeting on a darkened field of combat."
"Review" by , "Without smoke and mirrors, the magic in The Winter King is conjured within the human heart."
"Review" by , "The strength of the tale lies in the way Cornwell tells it through the creation of flesh-and-blood players who make a historical period come magically alive."
"Review" by , "Cornwell takes us into the world of mystery, adventure, passion, and love with exquisite skill. This is a riveting, heart-topping tale that will enchant all those who read it."
"Synopsis" by , The first volume of Cornwell's magnificent Arthurian saga, The Warlord Chronicles.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
The first volume of The Warlord Chronicles, the trilogy that forever changed the way the legend of Arthur is told.

"These are the tales of the last days before the great darkness descended....These are the tales of Arthur, the Warlord, the King that Never Was."

In The Winter King, Bernard Cornwell, who has been called "one of the most accomplished storytellers now writing," turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur.

The saga begins in fifth-century 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. Going far beyond the usual tales of romance and chivalry, The Winter King introduces us to Arthur the man rather than the legend-- a true hero; 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, a military genius, struggles with his small band of warriors 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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