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Publisher Description

The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.

This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.

Fiction & Literature
March 17
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Kathy5723 ,


We have lived in Germany 9 years in the recent past. We toured much of England in our adventures. We developed a great interest in the Middle Ages, before and after. Having always enjoyed Vikings we appreciated the great details and history. Thank you for the Wonderful adventures!
Den & Kathy Ryan

Mojoreaderguy ,

The Last Kingdom

This is the first in what i believe is a series of three books. I just finished this last night and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Last Kingdom is an entertaining and well written book. I've actually already read the third book, 'Lords of the North' and while it was enjoyable, this one was definitely better.

BD Earl ,

The book that started it all

Bernard Cornwell’s masterpiece starts here.Uhtred’s story captivates and Cornwell’s writing brings the ninth and tenth century struggle between the Saxons and Danes alive like few authors can. It made me look deeper into my own Anglo-Scandinavian heritage. Cornwell tops the list of the great historical fiction writers.

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