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The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom 1

The Last Kingdom Series: Book 1

by Bernard Cornwell
Paperback
Publication Date: 28/09/2005
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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The first book in Bernard Cornwell's epic and bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

BBC2's major TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series.

Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. 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 struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up. He is left uncertain of his loyalties but a slaughter in a winter dawn propels him to the English side and he will become a man just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet on Alfred's kingdom. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance.

The Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell's books, is firmly based on true history. It is the first novel of a series that will tell the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants and of the enemies they faced, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother, Ubba. Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a story of divided loyalties, reluctant love and desperate heroism. In Uhtred, he has created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom one of his most powerful and passionate novels.

ISBN:
9780007218011
9780007218011
Category:
Historical Fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
28-09-2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x22mm
Weight:
0.25kg
Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife.

Denied an American work permit he wrote a novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South Carolina.

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  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

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    I read The Empty Throne first, which is the last in the "Saxon" chronicles, whereas The Last Kingdom is, ironically, the first in the said series. I'm glad I did as this set everything refered to throughout the books in place. Even as stand alone books, these are richly woven stories (and there are more than one but they do not take you too far away from the main) told in a magnificent style that hooks you in and while tensions do rise, the outcomes, though not always as one might predict are justifiably told. An excellent read. Graphic scenes of how things might have been, and based, at times, on historical fact, BUT, let me say this with all my heart, not gratuitous nor whimsical. " A Bloody good romp through early England, guided by a hand you may think witnessed it in person". Thank you.