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another title to Bernard Cornwell’s long running Saxon
seventh installment of the series, “The Pagan Lord”, is narrated
by Uhtred of Bebbanburg. It is early in the 11th
century and with Alfred the Great’s death, his son Edward now is in
charge of the Saxon south. An uneasy peace exists with the
non-Christian Danes who control the north.
Uhtred has pledged his allegiance to the new kind, Edward is not one
of the Court’s favorites. Far from it. Nominally a Christian,
Uhtred was raised by a Dane and he has forsaken all his pagan beliefs
and the fifty year old has little time for the Christian deity he
scornfully calls ‘the
complicate matters, Uhtred’s oldest boy has become a priest and
refuses to give up his religious vocation. Then to make matters
worse, the intemperate warrior kills another priest in a fit of rage
and disinherits his son.
rash action results in banishment from the Church, but that’s just
the beginning of Uhtred’s problems. His lands have been ravaged and
a band of ruthless miscreants posing as Uhtred have kidnapped the
wife and children of a Danish lord. On top of everything else Uhtred
is obliged to find the kidnap victims and clear his name.
a small group of his most loyal followers, the indomitable aged
warrior is intent on regaining control of Bebbanburg, his ancestral
holdings seized by his uncle. It’s going to be a particularly
vicious and bloody campaign between the Saxons and the Danes that
will once and for all drive the Danes from the Midlands. And,
ultimately, this will mark the beginning of a series of conflicts
that will finally solidify the sovereignty of the nation called
you have followed this gripping saga naturally this latest chapter is
a must read. But, for those who relish a good historical novel and
haven’t yet started this journey with Bernard Cornwell, this might
be a good time to do so. The history of the Middle Ages comes alive
thanks to the author’s research and skill as a writer; thus, this
is a very pleasant way to learn some of the important events and
characters associated with the Anglo-Saxon period during the time
that led to the creation of a unified England.