Book Review: The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

(four stars out of five)

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 . . . .

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

  1. I’ll pass on this book, not my thing.
    I think we talked about this in writing group, anyway, again thinking that you’d probably really enjoy Game of Thrones even tho you’re not much on TV watching. It starts up again next month. I just couldn’t get thru Martins’s books, overly detailed with appendices many pages long, names going back generations with little relevance to current story. I gave up on the books. Don’t think you have HBO but you could probably get from Netflix or the ten other ways to see stuff these days.

  2. No, this is not your type of book. Gory, gritty, graveyard humor.
    Too many people have warned me away from the Game of Thrones books, agreeing with you that they are ridiculously complex. Some compare them to the Wheel of Time; that’s not a compliment.

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