Another rousing tale of the wars that created the land we call England.
Cornwell blends just enough fact–little enough is known of the tenth century–with his intimate knowledge of warfare and warriors to create a breath-taking saga focused on a fictional leader who was a critical part of the process. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, exiled from his home in the north, helped King Alfred of Wessex stop the tide of Danes from drowning the remnant of Saxon culture from Britain, but now Alfred is dead and Uhtred finds himself exiled and cursed.
Both bother him, but not much. He’ll be back.
Bernard Cornwell’s many tales of warriors in many eras ring true because he understands warriors. Not just as they are found at any particular time and place but the essential character of the man who becomes more than a man when he takes up a sword or gun in defense of a great cause. Cornwell’s warriors are fit, trained and equipped to fight. But more important, they are men of integrity, daring and good luck. Not a bad combination.
A great read. But, wait, there’s more . . . .