The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series #1)

By Bernard Cornwell

The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling sequence chronicling the epic saga of the making of britain, “like video game of Thrones, yet genuine” (The Observer, London)—the foundation for The final Kingdom, the hit BBC the USA tv series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of britain within the ninth and tenth centuries, the years during which King Alfred the nice, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied 3 of England’s 4 kingdoms.

The tale is obvious throughout the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who's captured as a baby by means of the Danes after which raised by means of them in order that, by the point the Northmen commence their attack on Wessex (Alfred’s country and the final territory in English fingers) Uhtred nearly thinks of himself as a Dane. He definitely has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no fit for Viking savagery, but whilst Alfred suddenly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves activate Uhtred, he's ultimately pressured to settle on facets. by way of now he's a tender guy, in love, proficient to struggle and able to take his position within the dreaded defend wall. primarily, notwithstanding, he needs to get well his father’s land, the spell binding fortress of Bebbanburg via the wild northern sea.

This exciting adventure—based on latest files of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time while legislation and order have been ripped violently aside by means of a pagan attack on Christian England, an attack that got here very with reference to destroying England.

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A few banded jointly and promised to proportion their plunder both, a couple of appeared light, and greater than a handful sneaked away during the dykes that crossed the flat, damp panorama. A rating of guys have been ordered to stick on the camp and shield the ladies and horses, notwithstanding Father Beocca and that i have been either ordered to mount. “You’ll remain on horseback,” my father instructed me, “and you’ll stick with him,” he further to the priest. “Of direction, my lord,” Beocca acknowledged. “If something happens,” my father used to be intentionally obscure, “then journey to Bebbanburg, close the gate, and wait there. ” “God is on our side,” Beocca acknowledged. My father regarded a very good warrior, which certainly he used to be, notwithstanding he claimed to be getting too outdated for struggling with. His graying beard jutted over his mail coat, above which he had hung a crucifix carved from ox bone that have been a present from Gytha. His sword belt was once leather-based studded with silver, whereas his nice sword, Bone-Breaker, was once sheathed in leather-based banded with gilt-bronze strappings. His boots had iron plates on both sides of the ankles, reminding me of his suggestion in regards to the protect wall, whereas his helmet used to be polished in order that it shone, and its face piece, with its eyeholes and snarling mouth, used to be inlaid with silver. His around protect was once made from limewood, had a heavy iron boss, was once lined in leather-based and painted with the wolf’s head. Ealdorman Uhtred was once going to conflict. The horns summoned the military. there has been little order within the array. There were arguments approximately who could be at the correct or left, yet Beocca advised me the argument were settled whilst the bishop forged cube, and King Osbert was once now at the correct, Ælla at the left, and my father within the heart, and people 3 chieftains’ banners have been complicated because the horns referred to as. the boys assembled lower than the banners. My father’s family troops, his most sensible warriors, have been on the entrance, and in the back of them have been the bands of the thegns. Thegns have been vital males, holders of serious lands, a few of them with their very own fortresses, they usually have been the lads who shared my father’s platform within the feasting corridor, and males who needed to be watched in case their targets made them try and take his position, yet now they loyally amassed in the back of him, and the ceorls, unfastened males of the bottom rank, assembled with them. males fought in relatives teams, or with acquaintances. there have been lots of boys with the military, even though i used to be the one one on horseback and the one one with a sword and helmet. i may see a scatter of Danes in the back of the unbroken palisades each side of the space the place their wall had fallen down, yet so much in their military stuffed that hole, creating a safeguard barrier on most sensible of the earthen wall, and it was once a excessive earthen wall, at the least ten or twelve ft excessive, and steep, so it might be a difficult climb into the face of the ready killers, yet i used to be convinced we'd win. i used to be ten years previous, nearly 11. The Danes have been shouting at us, yet we have been too far-off to listen to their insults. Their shields, around like ours, have been painted yellow, black, brown, and blue. Our males all started beating guns on their shields and that used to be a fearsome sound, the 1st time I ever heard a military making that struggle song; the clashing of ash spear shafts and iron sword blades on guard wooden.

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