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

Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2007
    592 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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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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Bernard Cornwell Author Biography

Bernard Cornwell 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 that did not need a permit from the US government – and for some years he had been wanting to write the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars – and so the Sharpe series was born. Bernard and Judy married in 1980, are still married, still live in the States and Bernard is still writing Sharpe.

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