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The Last Kingdomby Bernard Cornwell
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From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes a saga of fidelity and betrayal that brings to center stage King Alfred the Great, one of the most crucial figures in English history. It is King Alfred and his heirs who in the ninth and tenth centuries fought to secure the survival of England by battling the ferocious Viking invaders.
Bernard Cornwell's epic novel opens in A.D. 866. Uhtred, the son of a nobleman, is captured in the same battle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him the Viking ways of war. Uhtred grapples with divided loyalties, torn between Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred, whose piety and introspection leave him cold. It takes a terrible slaughter and the unexpected joys of marriage for Uhtred to discover his true allegiance — and to rise to his greatest challenge.
< b>A New York Times Bestselling Author< /b>< P>This is the exciting story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred defeated the Danish Vikings who occupied three of England's four kingdoms, as seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman. Captured as a child and raised by the Danes, when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes, and they turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. Above all, he wishes to recover his father's land, th magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars; the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, about American Civil War; the Warlord Trilogy, about Arthurian England; and, most recently, Stonehenge 2000 B.C.: A Novel and The Archer's Tale. Mr. Cornwell lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
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