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The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord

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This is the sort of book that once started you resent having to put it down so don’t begin it too late at night. It is the seventh in the Warrior Chronicles but you can read it on its own. It’s quite simply one of the best in this ancient history area. This is Saxon/Dane territory, the continuing adventures of Uhtred of Beddanburg which leaves us with a huge cliff hanger!

If you like Bernard Cornwell you might also like to read books by Saul David, Patrick O'Brian and Wilbur Smith.

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The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold. The Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favour with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg. Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.


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 draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed'

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

'A reminder of just how good a writer he is'

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

'This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year' EVENING STANDARD

'A runaway success' OBSERVER

'A master of storytelling' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution'

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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26th September 2013


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