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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 US tv series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of britain within the ninth and tenth centuries, the years within 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 in the course of the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who's captured as a toddler by way of the Danes after which raised via them in order that, by the point the Northmen start their attack on Wessex (Alfred’s nation and the final territory in English arms) 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 while Alfred suddenly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves activate Uhtred, he's eventually compelled to decide on aspects. by means of now he's a tender guy, in love, expert to struggle and able to take his position within the dreaded defend wall. specifically, notwithstanding, he needs to get well his father’s land, the mesmerizing fortress of Bebbanburg via the wild northern sea.

This exciting adventure—based on present 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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