Death of kings : a novel

by Cornwell, Bernard.

Format: Large Print 2011
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The sixth installment of Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones, but real" (The Observer, London)--the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

As the ninth century wanes, England is perched once more on the brink of chaos. King Alfred is dying; with his passing, the island of Britain seems doomed to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him, but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne--as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.

With the promise of battle looming again, Uhtred, the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between competing loyalties. Uhtred's loyalty, and his vows, are to Alfred--not to his son--and despite long years of service to the old king, Uhtred is still reluctant to commit to Alfred's cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost ancestral lands and castle to the north. As the king's warrior he is duty-bound, but the king's reign is nearing its end, and his death will leave a vacuum of power. Uhtred is forced to make a momentous choice: either take up arms--and Alfred's mantle--to realize his dream of a united and Christian England, or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.

Death of Kings is a harrowing story of the power of tribal commitment and the dilemma of divided loyalties. This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by "the best historical novelist writing today" (Vince Flynn).

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cornwell strikes gold again as he continues to chronicle the saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the Saxon-born, Viking-bred prince morally and emotionally conflicted between his loyalty to King Alfred, who dreams of a united Britain, and his visceral connection to the invading Danes who raised him. As a debilitated Alfred prepares for death, the future of Britain hangs in the balance and an ambivalent Uhtred must decide in whom to place his trust and where to deploy his considerable skills as a warrior. While he is understandably wary of Alfred's son Edward, he is fiercely devoted to and more than a little bit in love with the king's strong and passionately determined daughter, Aethelflaed. When Alfred dies and the succession is in doubt, Uhtredcasts his lot with the fledgling kingdom cobbled together by Alfred. Readers should prepare for pulse-pounding action and rousing battle scenes as the martially evocative Cornwell makes the swords sing and the flesh fly as he reimagines major military skirmishes. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The legion of readers who have faithfully followed the stirring exploits of Uhtred of Bebbanburg will not be disappointed as Cornwell pulls out all the stops in the sixth (but not final) installment of the Saxon Tales.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The sixth installment of Cornwell's Saxon series (after The Burning Land) returns to the days before there was an England-or an English sense of fair play-when Saxons, Danes, and Vikings, Christians and pagans alike, fought relentlessly and ruthlessly for control of Wessex. It's 898: ailing King Alfred, hoping to unify English-speaking Christians under one crown, asks loyal if stubbornly pagan Uhtred to make one last stab at peace. Armed with his trusty sword, Serpent-Breath, Uhtred bushwhacks, bedevils, and beats the living daylights out of scheming plotters, while Edward, "not quite the perfect heir," risks all for the love of a bishop's daughter. Ethelflaed, Edward's beloved sister and Uhtred's former lover, unwilling to be ruled by her husband, brother, or anyone, joins Uhtred in battle brought to bloody life by Cornwell, whose historian's understanding of military strategy blends well with a novelist's ability to envision weapons of the past and the ways in which they're wielded. Ninth-century combat lacks the grandeur of large armies, but Uhtred's cunning, courage, and a few acts of calculated cruelty make for a compelling read. Unfortunately for Edward, no skirmish proves decisive enough to unify England. Fortunately for Cornwell fans, that means more "tales of warriors and swords and shields and axes" to come. Agent: Toby Eady Associates. (Jan. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Cornwell, Bernard. Last kingdom.
#1 - The Last Kingdom
#2 - The Pale horseman
#3 - Lords of the north
#4 - Sword song
#5 - The Burning land
#6 - Death of kings
#7 - The Pagan lord
#8 - The Empty throne
#9 - Warriors of the storm
#10 - The Flame bearer
#11 - War of the wolf
#12 - Sword of kings
#13 - War lord
Subjects Alfred, -- King of England, -- 849-899 -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Great Britain -- History -- Alfred, 871-899 -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Harperluxe,2011
Edition 1st Harperluxe ed.
Language English
Notes "Larger print"--P. [4] of cover.
Description xiv, 526 pages (large print) : map, genealogical table ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9780062107145 (larger print)
0062107143 (larger print)
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