This is book number 7 in the Saxon Tales series.
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.
The seventh installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times 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 television series.
At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward, his son, 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 not 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.
In The Pagan Lord, 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 British nation.
BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne and Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.