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The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
  

The Empty Throne

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The latest novel to feature Uhtred of Bebbonburg, surely one of historical fiction’s most charismatic characters. Uhtred is getting old now so Bernard Cornwell has the prologue narrated by his son, also called Uhtred. A clever ploy. Perhaps the series will continue with a new narrator in later books. Certainly I never want it to end. The struggle to unite England under one ruler is fascinating, the 10th century is an exciting place to be and as ever, Bernard Cornwerll’s excellent writing evokes the time as no-one else can. He is also good at giving recap within the story, so you don’t necessarily have to start at the beginning. The only real problem is the amount of similar names; Aethelred, Aethelflaid, Aethelhelm etc. but that of course is the fault of history not of the story teller.

If you like Bernard Cornwell you might also like to read books by Patrick O'Brian, Valerio Massimo Manfredi and George Macdonald Fraser.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The eighth book in the Warrior Chronicles series, set in the turbulent times of Alfred the Great, proves again that Bernard Cornwell is a master craftsman and meticulous historian. Each page brings a greater sense of time and place of medieval England, from the damp marshes to the windswept uplands, and it is pleasing that unlike many writers of historical novels, Cornwell avoids anachronisms such as modern idioms and slang. The hero of previous novels, Uhtred, is suffering from an old war wound that inflames his temper but makes him even more guileful. The story opens with the ruler of Mercia on his deathbed without an obvious heir. But his queen is not a woman to be pushed about and she is ready for battle. Cornwell’s characterisation is, as ever, a powerful driving force while his plot is as full of action and bloodshed as any lover of swashbucklers could desire.
~ Carl Hughes

Synopsis

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but instability and the threat of Viking raids still hang heavy over Britain's kingdoms. For Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians, is dying, leaving no heir and the stage is set for rivals to fight for the throne. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Mercia's greatest warrior, has always supported Athelflaed to be Mercia's next ruler, but will the aristocracy ever accept a woman as their leader? Even one who is Aethelred's widow and sister to the king of Wessex? As the Mercians squabble and the West Saxons try to annex their country, new enemies appear on the northern frontier. The Saxons desperately need strong leadership, but instead they are fighting for an empty throne and threatening to undo the unity and strength they have fought so hard to achieve. Bernard Cornwell's new novel is an outstanding tale of a country torn apart by invasions and dynastic strife, from a master storyteller.

Reviews

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.'
George R.R. Martin

'Cornwell is always in full command of his material.'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Like GAME OF THRONES, but real'
Observer

'Tense, powerful, compulsive'
THE TIMES

'He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that'
TELEGRAPH

'Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell'
Lee Child

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News. In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American.

"Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels." The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle.

In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.

Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Bernard Cornwell

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9780007504169

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