Unusual adventures along with hazardous action are narrated centering on the brave Lord Uhtred in this newest novel from Bernard Cornwell. From saving his own proud name by rescuing his son from white robed churchmen who serve God and are attempting to enlist the offspring to become part of the pack of Christian priests, to a clash with old rival Cnut Ranulfson, a Lord that kills, burns, and raids communities for declaration. This man is calculating, clever, and does not give in to idiotic risks. He has become a legend of the land. Cnut has captured those people that are closest to Uhtred and has held them for ransom. The Danish Lord of Northumbria has now summoned Uhtred for a meeting at Fortress City to discuss details of the demands. Uhtred gathers a small band of warriors that include soldiers, clerics, and experienced seamen. Armed with chain mail, helmets, shields, and various weapons, the assembly travel with passion, bravery, and intellect behind the imposing banner of the wolf to confront the unyielding Cnut Ranulfson that will result in an unforgettable showdown.
Bernard Cornwell has perfected historical fiction based around 910 AD and forward, when King Edward and his army invaded and slaughtered many of the Danes. The historical descriptions of battle scenes are depicted with warfare strategies, the sense of fear among combatants, and the bravery of the victor. Cornwell pronounces the bellow of onslaught noises such as when two shield walls collide like thunder and fight to the death, and the shrieks of death that flow across the battle field. The two singled out forces in The Pagan Lord are represented by swords owned by each, Lord Ranulfson - Ice Spite, and Lord Uhtred - Serpent Breath. These become iconic throughout the story along with valiant names and flying banners in which armies choose to follow and serve in order to gain power through reputation. The art of war is taught in this gritty but classic novel, along with his New York Times Bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt.
At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and his son Edward reigns as king. Wessex survives, but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.
Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg. Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes a war that will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.
With The Pagan Lord, New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell continues his magnificent epic of the making of England during the Middle Ages, vividly bringing to life the uneasy alliances, bloody battles, and deadly intrigue that gave birth to Great Britain.