The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom This is the story of the making of England in the th and th centuries the years in which King Alfred the Great his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three

  • Title: The Last Kingdom
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780060887186
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tThis 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.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.

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    • Bernard Cornwell

      Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.

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    • 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 from Alfred, my king, w [...]


    • 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 usefuln [...]


    • 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 sole owne [...]


    • 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 adventures of hi [...]


    • 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 homes try [...]


    • 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 reading his c [...]


    • This is a first person narration of a child who grows up as a Briton Saxon but is captured by Vikings, who are 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 get to meet A [...]


    • 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 boy [...]


    • 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 pre minent 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 loveMost sacred, [...]


    • 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 linge [...]


    • 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.


    • 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 of UK and Russian, so I was pretty excited to read this.This was a fantastic novel abo [...]


    • Wyrd bi ful r d 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 strategic mind He is a true he [...]


    • 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 he set in that series.R [...]


    • 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.


    • 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 dawn men in leather [...]


    • 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.


    • 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 has [...]


    • 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 any 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 charging agains [...]


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


    • Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Essa resenha foi revista e atualizada em julho de 2015.Algumas palavras para definir esse livro Vingan a, trai o, paredes de escudos isso o que voc encontrar na narrativa e, tenho certeza, far voc se apaixonar por essa s rie Comprei a cole o das Cr nicas Sax nicas s de ler a sinopse e olhar para as capas, que s o extremamente bonitas e possuem um cen rio de guerra sedutor Deixando as enrola es de lado, m os obra.Uhtred um garoto sax o nascido na Nort [...]


    • 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 ther [...]


    • 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 historical [...]


    • 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 com [...]


    • 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 book.As [...]


    • 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 people not read Bernard Cornwell novels T [...]


    • 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 nort [...]


    • 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, which [...]


    • 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 ancestor of t [...]


    • Update I did a reread of this September 2011 Still love it Below review is from 2009.Well, where do I start I write this review I am in the middle of the fourth book in this Saxon series, Swordsong, so I have a few reviews to do after this one and I admit, I want so badly to just gush But, I need to save some for the other reviews The reviews of The Pale Horseman and The Lords of the North.So, here s where I will startWOW I can t get enough of this character and this series of books Of course I [...]


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