Sword of kings A novel

by Cornwell, Bernard.

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The twelfth installment of Bernard Cornwell's New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England "superior entertainment that is both engaging and enlightening" (Washington Post), and the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit Netflix series.It is a time of political turmoil once more as the fading King Edward begins to lose control over his successors and their supporters. There are two potential heirs possibly more and doubt over whether the once separate states of Wessex and Mercia will hold together . Despite attempts at pulling him into the political fray, Uhtred of Bebbanburg cares solely about his beloved Northumbria and its continuing independence from southern control.But an oath is a strong, almost sacred commitment and such a promise had been exchanged between Uhtred and Aethelstan, his onetime companion in arms and now a potential king. Uhtred was tempted to ignore the demands of the oath and stay in his northern fastness, leaving the quarrelling Anglo-Saxons to sort out their own issues. But an attack on him by a leading supporter of one of the candidates and an unexpected appeal for help from another, drives Uhtred with a small band of warriors south, into the battle for kingship and England's fate.
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Booklist Review: "The seemingly invincible, yet physically aging Uhtred of Bebbanburg rides again in the twelfth installment in Cornwell's Saxon Tales series. Initially reluctant to leave an independent North Umbria to take up arms again as factions coveting the throne of a united Wessex, East Anglia, and Mercia jockey for position, Uhtred joins the fray when an old friend and a sacred oath taken long ago compel him to do so. As King Edward's health fails, his tenuous grip on power and upon his possible successors slips. When Aethelstan, King Edward's eldest illegitimate son, seeks his assistance in his quest to succeed his father, Uhtred loyally, though certainly not eagerly, forgoes the well-earned comforts of retirement to plunge once more into battle and political intrigue. Nobody does the Saxon period better than Cornwell, and readers will find themselves happily immersed in the muck, mire, and machinations of the Early Middle Ages. Prepare for plenty of demand from both Cornwell devotees and fans of The Last Kingdom, the popular Netflix series based on his books.--Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series The Last Kingdom series
#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 Kings and rulers Succession Fiction
Vikings Fiction
Historical Fiction
Northumbria (Kingdom) History Fiction.
Great Britain History Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 Fiction.
Electronic books.
Historical fiction.
Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins,2019
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience General adult
Language English
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ISBN 9780062563231
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