Sword of kings : a novel /

by Cornwell, Bernard [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Cornwell, Bernard. Last kingdom: bk. 12.Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]Edition: First U.S. edition.Description: 334 pages : map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0062563211; 9780062563217.Subject(s): Uhtred, of Bebbanburg (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Edward, King of England, -924 -- Fiction | Alfred, King of England, 849-899 -- Fiction | Ethelfled, -918 -- Fiction | Vikings -- Fiction | Saxons -- Fiction | Kings and rulers -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 -- FictionSummary: Uhtred of Bebbanburg a man of his word, an oath bound him to King Alfred and another to Aethelstan. Now an oath will wrench him away from his ancestral home, for he has sworn that on King Edward's death, he will kill two men, and Edward is dying. A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all. As two opposing Kings gather their armies, fate drags Uhtred to London, and a struggle for control that will leave one King victorious, and one dead. As Uhtred has learned at considerable cost, he is inexorable and his destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again.
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<p>The twelfth installment of Bernard Cornwell's New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England--"superior entertainment that is both engaging and enlightening" (Washington Post), and the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit Netflix series.</p> <p>It is a time of political turmoil once more as the fading King Edward begins to lose control over his successors and their supporters. There are two potential heirs--possibly more--and doubt over whether the once separate states of Wessex and Mercia will hold together . Despite attempts at pulling him into the political fray, Uhtred of Bebbanburg cares solely about his beloved Northumbria and its continuing independence from southern control.</p> <p>But an oath is a strong, almost sacred commitment and such a promise had been exchanged between Uhtred and Aethelstan, his onetime companion in arms and now a potential king. Uhtred was tempted to ignore the demands of the oath and stay in his northern fastness, leaving the quarrelling Anglo-Saxons to sort out their own issues. But an attack on him by a leading supporter of one of the candidates and an unexpected appeal for help from another, drives Uhtred with a small band of warriors south, into the battle for kingship--and England's fate.</p>

"Originally published in Great Britain in 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg a man of his word, an oath bound him to King Alfred and another to Aethelstan. Now an oath will wrench him away from his ancestral home, for he has sworn that on King Edward's death, he will kill two men, and Edward is dying. A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all. As two opposing Kings gather their armies, fate drags Uhtred to London, and a struggle for control that will leave one King victorious, and one dead. As Uhtred has learned at considerable cost, he is inexorable and his destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again.

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Library Journal Review

A washed-up corpse and an old oath propel Uhtred of Bebbanburg out of his castle and back into battle in the 12th exciting installment of Cornwell's "Saxon Tales" (after War of the Wolf). Getting along in years, the old warrior would prefer to hang up his sword and remain in Northumbria, but the rumored death of King Edward and the possible civil war between royal half brothers force Uhtred back into the field, as well as into the water. Using his cunning almost more than his waning strength, he rescues a queen, but his wits are not enough to keep himself from capture and humiliation. In the end, with a little help from a friend, he vanquishes his tormentor and helps the rightful heir become king. VERDICT One can start with this volume, but readers of history and warfare, not to mention Game of Thrones fans, will want to go back and read the entire series, especially with four seasons filmed for British television. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]--W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ

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