The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
(The Saxon Chronicles Series #2)

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The second 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.

At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England’s four kingdoms—and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes. Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart, and has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways. But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters Uhtred’s life, he is forced to consider feelings he’s never confronted before—and Uhtred discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a new-found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler.


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. 386 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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The loot comes in handy when Uhtred wants to settle Mildrith’s family debt to the rapacious church, but the only way he can square things with Alfred is by winning a battle with Steapa, a stupendously strong, extra-large warrior.

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But Uhtred sees a better chance of recovering his lost estate if he finds a way to join the Danes, who raised him and whose simple life of "ale, women, sword, and reputation" he finds more congenial than Alfred's Christian piety and military caution.

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(Cornwell limits this, wisely, to place names and provides a handy translation guide at the front of the book.) Cornwell's scholarship is most evident in the character of Alfred the Great, who the narrator Uhtred often treats as a creature of contempt.

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His 3-year-old son is deathly ill, his coterie of priests are at their wits' end, and his only real protection is our hero, the English noble Uhtred, a hotheaded warrior — and, worse yet, a pagan — who was raised among the Danes.

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Nights and Weekends

The Pale Horseman is Bernarnd Cornwell’s second book about Uthred, Earl of Bebbanburg, and it’s clear that Cornwell is setting the reader up for a long ride with Uthred.

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When Danish raiders threaten the last remaining English kingdom, ruled by King Alfred of Wessex, Uhtred must decide if his true loyalties lie with Ragnar, the Viking raider who murdered his father, and then carried Uhtred off and raised him as a son, or with the English King whom Uhtred views as ...

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