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The last kingdom : a novel

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2015] ©2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Novels
Epic fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Named Person: Uhtred, of Bebbanburg (Fictitious character); Alfred, King of England; Uhtred, of Bebbanburg (Fictitious character); Alfred, King of England
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 006243862X 9780062438621
OCLC Number: 921886348
Notes: Includes historical note.
Originally published in Great Britain in 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers. A hardcover edition of this book was published in the U.S. in 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers. First Harper paperback published 2006. Reissued in 2015.
"Now a major BBC America series."
Description: 351 pages : map ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Last kingdom, book 1
Responsibility: Bernard Cornwell.

Abstract:

This is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, 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 is finally forced to choose sides. 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 enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.

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