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The last kingdom : a novel

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: New York, NY : PerfectBound, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the exciting--yet little known--story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Electronic books
Fiction
History
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0060826762 9780060826765 0060826754 9780060826758
OCLC Number: 57582916
Notes: Title from eBook information screen.
Electronic version of ed. published: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2005. (333 p.).
Details: Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1615 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 353 KB).
Responsibility: Bernard Cornwell.

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This is the exciting--yet little known--story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, 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 has to decide which side he is on. 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 magical 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 altogether.

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