The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom Series Book 1
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.
Author: Bernard Cornwell
The first book in the epic and bestselling series that has gripped millions. As seen on Netflix and BBC around the world.
Born Saxon, raised a Dane. Is Uhtred the hero the last kingdom needs?
In a land torn apart by conflict, an orphan boy has come of age. Raised by the Vikings, deadly enemies of his own Saxon people, Uhtred is a fierce and skilled warrior who kneels to no-one.
Alfred – Saxon, king, man of god – fights to hold the throne of the only land still resisting the pagan northerners.
Uhtred and Alfred’s fates are tangled, soaked in blood and blackened by the flames of war. Together they will change history…
“The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.” George R.R. Martin
“Nobody in the world does this better.” Lee Child
“Cornwell is a virtuoso of historical fiction.” Sunday Telegraph
“Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.” Daily Mail
“Cornwell’s narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.” Observer