Lords of the North: Book summary and reviews of Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell

Lords of the North

The Saxon Stories Series

by Bernard Cornwell

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Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
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The year is 878, and as Lords of the North begins, the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister, who was taken prisoner by Kjartan the Cruel, a Danish lord who lurks in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm ....

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"Blood, guts, history and horses from the expert. Excellent sport." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Once again, Cornwell proves himself a master of historical fiction, weaving a tale of bloodthirsty warfare, honor, and occasional unexpected moments of laugh-out-loud humor." - Library Journal.

"Cornwell, best known for his Sharpe series breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence." - PW.

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Diane Pfandler

Lords of the North
Excellent, funny, interesting, enough true history to keep me intrigued.
No overt sex, Rape but not explicit.
I don’t want to hear about someone else’s stuff.
I love all of the book series.
The audio version is poorly done though.
The narrator doesn’t have the gusty voice needed for these tales.

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Bernard Cornwell Author Biography

Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944 – a 'warbaby' – whose father was a Canadian airman and mother in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

He was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect called the Peculiar People (and they were), but escaped to London University and, after a stint as a teacher, he joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years.

He began as a researcher on the Nationwide programme and ended as Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern Ireland. It was while working in Belfast that he met Judy, a visiting American, and fell in love. Judy was unable to move to Britain for family reasons so Bernard went to the States where he was refused a Green Card. He decided to earn a living by writing, a job ...

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