“The Burning Land” is a narration in the first person told from Uhtred’s perspective. His ongoing love-hate relationship with Alfred is tested once again as the king’s piety and religious devotion is stretched to breaking point when Uhtred kills a monk in a fit of rage. Outlawed by the king, ... Read review
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Cornwell. In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity...First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer. This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex. That Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.
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"...a monastery some time in the past. He’s forgotten where except it was in a land, once known as Mercia. Sheltering with his men he discovers a young monk writing the “Annals of Mercia”. Challenged to read aloud, the monk recites the story of the victorious defeat of the pagans at Fearnhemme in 892, led by the Lord Aethelred of Mercia. Disgusted, Uhtred snatches the pages and hurls them into the fire. Forty years work is destroyed as Uhtred’s rage turns ..."
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The latest in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth.