The Last Kingdom
by Bernard Cornwell
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The first book of Bernard Cornwell’s epic and best-selling book of the series on England’s way of doing things and the destiny of his hero, Uhtred de BebbanburgBBC2 major fall 2015 Fall 2015 emission of TELEVISION THE LAST UNITED KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the seriesUhtred is an English boy, born in the aristocracy of the ninth century of Northumbria.Orphaned at the age of ten, he was taken in and adopted by a Danish and taught Viking waysYet, Uhtred’s destiny is indissolubly linked to Alfred, King of Wessex, who reigns over the only kingdom of England to survive the Danish assault.The struggle between the English and Danes and the conflicts between Christianity and paganism is the backdrop of Uhtred’s growth.He is to the left uncertain of his loyalty, but a massacre in a winter at dawn that pushes him to the English side and he will become a man like the Danes to launch their fierce attack still on Alfred’s kingdom.Marriage links even further to the West Saxon cause, but when his wife and child disappeared in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is trained to face the greatest Viking chiefdomship in a battle near the sea.There is, in the horror of the wall of shields, he discovers his true allegianceThe Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell’s books, is firmly based on a true storyThis is the first novel in a series that will tell the story of Alfred the Great and his descendants, and the enemies they met, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother Ubba.Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a history of divided loyalties, reticent love and desperate heroism.In Uhtred, he created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom, one of his most powerful and passionate novels.
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