Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
The Battle For London

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The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord—warrior by instinct, Viking by nature—has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred's help.

Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. And other storm clouds are gathering: Ætheleflæd—Alfred's daughter—is newly married, but by a cruel twist of fate, her very existence now threatens Alfred's kingdom. It is Uhtred—half Saxon, half Dane—whose uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future.

A gripping story of love, deceit, and violence, Sword Song is set in an England of tremendous turmoil and strife—yet one galvanized by the hope that Alfred may prove an enduring force. Uhtred, his lord of war and greatest warrior, has become his sword—a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain.


About Bernard Cornwell

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Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and, most recently, The Burning Land; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The deeply religious Alfred, for example, buys into the ravings of the bishop of London, who believes the king’s son-in-law (Uhtred’s rotten cousin) has every right, perhaps even an obligation, to beat his royal wife Æthelflaed senseless.

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Cornwell’s fourth entry in the popular Saxon Tales (following Lords of the North ) is a rousing romp through the celebrated ninth-century reign of Alfred the Great.

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"Fate is inexorable," Uhtred reminds us --- maybe one too many times --- so how can a man bind his future conduct with an oath if fate decrees otherwise, especially if his oath binds him to a near-suicidal river-borne assault against a Viking shield wall?

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USA Today

There is also treachery, male bonding, plenty of historical nuggets and a skillful examination of the powerful role played by religion in the Dark Ages.Sword Song also has something new: a really terrific and moving love story involving a pair of young lovers who seek Uhtred's help.

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Historical Novel Society

This is the fourth novel in The Saxon Tales series, which follows the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Bamburgh) during the wars between King Alfred and the Danes in the late 9th century.

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Bernard Cornwell has achieved another stunning success with his newest book in the Saxon Tales series.

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Book Geeks

Sword Song is the fourth volume of the King Alfred saga, focusing on the reign of Alfred, the wars against the marauding Vikings and the birth of the English state as we now recognise it Our narrator is Uhtred – born a Saxon noble and a Christian, but raised by Danes as a pagan.

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