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The Last Kingdom From Bernard Cornwell the New York Times bestselling author whom the Washington Post calls perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today comes a saga of blood rage fidelity and

  • Title: The Last Kingdom
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780060826734
  • Page: 441
  • Format: ebook
  • From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times bestselling author whom the Washington Post calls perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today, comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal that brings to center stage King Alfred the Great, one of the most crucial but oft forgotten figures in English history It is King Alfred and his heirs who, inFrom Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times bestselling author whom the Washington Post calls perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today, comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal that brings to center stage King Alfred the Great, one of the most crucial but oft forgotten figures in English history It is King Alfred and his heirs who, in the ninth and tenth centuries, with their backs against the wall, fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England s four kingdoms.Bernard Cornwell s epic novel opens in A.D 866 Uhtred, a boy of ten and 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 As a young man expected to take part in raids and bloody massacres against the English, he grapples with divided loyalties 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.In Uhtred, Cornwell has created perhaps his richest and most complex protagonist, and through him, he has magnificently evoked an era steeped in dramatic pageantry and historical significance For if King Alfred fails to defend his last kingdom, England will be overrun, and the entire course of history will change.

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    1. $1.99 on Kindle today 6-10-17BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListEVERYONE SHOULD COME RIGHT ALONG AND READ THIS BOOK/SERIES!ME THINKS THERE'S GOING TO BE SPOILERS!♣♣♣♣♣I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred, and this is the tale of a blood feud. It is a tale of how I will take from my enemy what the law says is mine. And it is the tale of a woman and her father, a king. He was my king and all that I have I owe to him. The food that I eat, the hall where I live, and the swords of my men, all come fr [...]

    2. A Review That Has Very Little to Do with This Book:Sometimes you need a lot of book. You know what I mean. Those Fridays you come home, lie down on the couch, and resolve not to come back until Sunday afternoon. You have vetoed faces and the spoken word. The phone will remain unplugged except for the ordering of something greasy.On these Fridays you have two options: dissolve into a self-pitying, gelatinous blob or turn to a lot of book. You are not without survival skills. You put stock in the [...]

    3. "My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred. My father’s clerk, a priest called Beocca, spelt it Utred. I do not know if that was how my father would have written it, for he could neither read nor write, but I can do both and sometimes I take the old parchments from their wooden chest and I see the name spelled Uhtred or Utred or Ughtred or Ootred, and I look at the deeds which say that Uhtred, son of Uhtred, is the lawful and sol [...]

    4. The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell, is a triumph of a novel; it is historical fiction at its finest. Uhtred’s story is as fantastic as it is gripping, and most importantly it feels realistic. It’s like I’ve read a chapter of a man’s life that could have existed, that could have been a part of history. His character is just that well written.The book begins with an aged Uhtred narrating his life to the reader. He is full of a life’s wisdom and a warrior’s experience as he tells the [...]

    5. An outstanding novel set in England during medieval times in the year 866 AD. The author introduces real historical figures; Guthrum the Unlucky, Ubba the Horrible, and Ivar the Boneless, all fearless Dane warriors’ intent on taking over the English kingdoms. They arrive in their magnificent ships outfitted with rich colorful shields, finely carved prows, sterns with ominous dragons and serpents, and mastheads painted with bold eagles. A frightening sight for many townspeople who flee their ho [...]

    6. I had no idea what I was getting into when I read this book. I'd never read Bernard Cornwell. All I knew was that it was a book about Vikings. Anyway, I absolutely loved it! And I became a permanent Bernard Cornwell fan. I think Uhtred is one of my favorite characters of all time. Yes he’s mean, arrogant, and a bit of an antihero, but he’s a full blooded character, and I felt like I really got to know him. This book goes through Uhtred’s childhood as a Saxon raised by the Danes, and after [...]

    7. This is a first person narration of a child who grows up as a Briton/Saxon but is captured by Vikings, who are more accurately called Danes. He comes to love his Danish father and begins to appreciate their customs and battle lore, as well as becoming battle trained himself. At the same time, though, his roots are with Briton, and, in the end, he joins with the future Alfred the Great, showing him how to defeat the enemyRENGTHS:(1) Vivid details of shield walls. Think gritty and bloody.;(2) We g [...]

    8. I've been staring at this book on my shelf for several years and finally just picked it up after liking the show on Netflix. I reallllly wish I would've read it sooner! The writing totally pulled me in and I read the whole thing in one sitting. Uhtred is a Northumbrian boy who's taken and raised by Danes, so he's a bit confused over his loyalties and identity. The story was told from the POV of his older self looking back on his life, but somehow managed to sound like both an older man and young [...]

    9. I am Uhtred, Earl Uhtred, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, and destiny is everything.Love, all I feel is love for this book. It's like an epic love story but for a man who fought for what was rightfully his.DefinitionLove, noun. Pronunciation: luhvA feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.Of all the dearest bonds we proveThou countest sons' and mothers' loveMo [...]

    10. The Last Kingdom is the beginning of Bernard Cornwell's take on the Alfred the Great story. The series starts in the year 866 and follows the son of a lesser Saxon lord, whose father is killed. The boy loses his inheritance and is raised by the Danes, who are threatening to overrun all of what will one day be called England. The boy, who comes to be called Uhtred, prefers the ways of the Danes, especially their freedom and their gods, over the Saxons and their pious Christian priests. The book l [...]

    11. This book was good but I had some problems with it, nothing major or about the story but rather the way it's told. Review to come. Maybe.

    12. *Update 10/11/15There are two episodes out already for The Last Kingdom! I had no idea they were adapting this whole series into a TV series. Will have to read the next novels really soon.---------I've been a huge history fan ever since I was young. Especially Greek, Roman, and Egyptian history. I've never really read or watched other histories like UK, American, Russian, Asian, etc. Lately though, I've been wanting to read more of UK and Russian, so I was pretty excited to read this.This was a [...]

    13. „Wyrd bið ful ãræd.“ – „Fate is inexorable.“I had a super long review written for this series but I deleted the document accidentally so let me share with you at least some major points to explain my reasons for loving this series so much:* Astonishing storytelling skills. Bernard Cornwell brought 9th and 10th century England alive for me.* Unforgettable narrator. Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration worthy character with brilliant military st [...]

    14. via GIPHYBald Mage Rating 10/10‘And Ragnar the Fearless speaks to me,’ I said, ‘he calls from the corpse-hall, he wants vengeance, Ubba, vengeance on the Danes for Ragnar was killed treacherously by his own folk. I’m his messenger now, a thing from corpse-hall, and I have come for you’I’ve always loved history and I also like Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series. I’ve read them all but I was too scared to read anything else by the author as I didn’t want to lose the high standard h [...]

    15. Asolutely loved it. I went to the library and randomly picked a book. It was The Pale Horseman, and I realized it was second part of Ulthred's life, so I went back and got this first part out. I love England and so I loved those 3 books. (now waiting for another to come out. There must be 4 book.) It's the same feeling like waiting for Harry Potter books to come out.

    16. “Destiny is all. And now, looking back, I see the pattern of my life’s journey. It began in Bebbanburg and took me south, ever southward, until I reached the farthest coast of England and could go no farther and still hear my own language. That was my childhood’s journey. As a man I have gone the other way, ever northward, carrying sword and spear and ax to clear the path back to where I began. Destiny.Rating, 5 stars.“We came shrieking from the half-light. We were a nightmare in the daw [...]

    17. Apparently I've never reviewed this- which is stupid, because I tell everyone I can to read it. But- It's $1.99 on the U.S. Kindle store today!Disregard the 4 star rating, the series as a whole gets 5 stars.

    18. Aside from the tales of King Arthur and Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth, I did not have much exposure to historical fiction, and definitely not one with this much historical accuracy. I was made aware of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stores through the reviews of fellow readers on whom I share similar taste in books with. The main impetus that nudged me to finally pick up this book among my long list of to-be-read was in fact History Channel's Vikings, as I didn't even know that this book itself h [...]

    19. rating: 5.5/5Love, love, love it! An English boy gets captured by the Danes/Vikings. He is raised by his captor, Ragnar, as a son whom he grows to love like a father. But fate is peculiar and when Uhtred can't deny his English roots anymore he goes to battle under King Alfred's banner against the invading Danes.It is funny, intense, bloody, passionate, gritty, witty, dark, sarcastic and, did I already mention, funny. I just couldn't not fall in love with Uhtred, the boy who went foolishly chargi [...]

    20. A thrilling story with a good dash of irony and humour, as well as wonderful descriptions and interesting characters!

    21. Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:Essa resenha foi revista e atualizada em julho de 2015.Algumas palavras para definir esse livro? Vingança, traição, paredes de escudos. É isso o que você encontrará na narrativa e, tenho certeza, fará você se apaixonar por essa série. Comprei a coleção das Crônicas Saxônicas só de ler a sinopse e olhar para as capas, que são extremamente bonitas e possuem um cenário de guerra "sedutor". Deixando as enrolações de lado, mãos à obra.U [...]

    22. I've started this series once before, but it's been awhile since I've read them. I decided to start from the beginning again especially with the Netflix show being out now.This is a solid book. It's engaging, well-paced, and the characters are interesting. My biggest complaint is I felt like a lot of the history gets kind of told to us rather than shown. There are lots of other moving pieces on the board in England at the time and the author keeps us apprised of what is going on. However, I wish [...]

    23. When I first reviewed this book, I was brief:“Bernard Cornwell is THE master of personalizing British history. His main characters are always interesting and he shows the depth of his research in each novel. This one takes place in the reign of Edward the Confessor, a perilous time for the island kingdom. Cornwell deftly sketches the political and cultural clashes and has (as usual) his protagonist work his way into the midst of it. A great read for those who enjoy burrowing beyond the pure hi [...]

    24. I will just review this book but what I say will count for all the books in the Saxon Chronicles.These books are good for people who want viking themed adventure that is not too difficult or rewarding. While the plot is engaging it is not brilliant. The characters are not really developed or very exciting and most people seem to be quite one dimensional. The characters are either blood thirsty, greedy, pious, or manipulative. While some of them are generated from historical figures no one really [...]

    25. Executive Summary: Despite being Historical Fiction, it's borderline fantasy at times, and therefore right in my wheelhouse apparently. I'll definitely be continuing this series.Full ReviewI've had a few friends raving about this series for years, but I never got around to it before now. It's one of those rare occasions for me where I watched the TV show before reading the book. Apparently a lot of fans of the books don't like the show, but I enjoyed it. It motivated me to finally pick up the bo [...]

    26. FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG, TOTAL INABILITY TO CONNECT"Destiny is all. And now, looking back, I see the pattern of my life’s journey. It began in Bebbanburg and took me south, ever southward, until I reached the farthest coast of England and could go no farther and still hear my own language. That was my childhood’s journey. As a man I have gone the other way, ever northward, carrying sword and spear and ax to clear the path back to where I began. Destiny.” Why do more people not read Bernard [...]

    27. The graphic descriptions in this book, some of them very violent and gory, others depicting the smells and sights of the ninth century, are wonderful. They do what historical fiction should do: bring the history of the age to life. Cornwell bends recorded historical recorded fact, which is something by which I am never fully convinced, to suit his good story.Uhthred is the leading character. We witness his development over ten years from the age of ten. He becomes heir to a minor lordship in the [...]

    28. Just as good the second time around, if not better! All of Cornwell's strengths are on prominent display here; an authoritative command of the historical setting, likable and lively characters, thoroughly descriptive language and brutal, gritty battles. He also has an inarguable gift for storytellinge plot always flows forward nicely and never seems forced or overwrought. Cornwell consistently displays a way with packing pretty epic tales into an easily digestible three or four hundred pages, wh [...]

    29. This is the first book of a ten book series called "The Saxon Stories." This series, like most of Bernard Cornwell's work, is a fictional re-telling of historical events. In this case the historical seed is the "making" of England in the 9th Century when King Alfred and his heirs fought to preserve the land we now know as England from the "north men" - the men we call Vikings. The main character throughout the books is Uhtred of Bebbangurg, a largely fictional creation with roots in an actual an [...]

    30. The Last Kingdom is the story of Uhtred Uhtredson, the 10-year-old son of an English earl who is kidnapped in a battle against the Danish invaders of England. He becomes more and more Danish, but he always knows deep in his heart that he is truly an Englishman. As Uhtred gets older, he comes to the attention of King Alfred the Great. He becomes something of a pawn in the war between the Danes and the last free kingdom of England.To be fair, I wasn't really in the mood for this when I read it, bu [...]

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