In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in
failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have
failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity...
First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking
horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred
still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads
Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the
greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.
This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England′s
history tells of the final assaults on Alfred′s Wessex, that Wessex
survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy
feared throughout Christendom.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars; the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, about American Civil War; the Warlord Trilogy, about Arthurian England; and, most recently, Stonehenge 2000 B.C.: A Novel and The Archer's Tale.
Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television's Thames at Six. Mr. Cornwell lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
Praise for The Burning Land:
`Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed'
Praise for AZINCOURT:
'This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail
'The historical blockbuster of the year' Evening Standard
`If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past.' Daily Telegraph
`A runaway success' Observer
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
`The characterisation, as ever, is excellent...And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war.' Sunday Telegraph
This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution'. News of the World
`He's called a master story-teller. Really he's cleverer than that.' Telegraph