The Pagan Lord

The Pagan Lord

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The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

The years after King Alfred's death are peaceful: the Danes rule in northern Britain, the Saxons hold the south. But for a warrior, a time of restless peace is the hardest challenge. Too often, it allows the cautious and the timid to dominate.

Uhtred, a celebrated warrior of the late King Alfred, is out of favour with the new regime, and in one ill-considered moment of rage he is thrown off his land and banished. He becomes an outcast, spurned by Christians and Pagans alike. Supported by a handful of loyal men, Uhtred goes north in a daring attempt to recapture Bebbanburg, his ancestral home and the greatest fortress of Britain.

But elsewhere, the uneasy peace is breaking. Cnut Longsword, most feared and savage of all the Danish lords, rises in fury at the capture of his wife and heir. All the kingdoms are dragged into a bloody war which will decide whether there will be an England or a Daneland. Northumbrians, East Anglians, Mercians and West Saxons will meet in a climactic battle. And it is Uhtred, lord of outcasts, whose fate is to decide when and where that battle will be fought.

Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013.
ISBN: 9780007331901
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Feb 26, 2017

“The Pagan Lord” by Bernard Cornwell represents the second installment in what is, as yet, a five part tale of the life of Lord Uhtred. Promised the fortification of Bebbanburg on the northern coast of Northumbria hard upon the Scottish border, an inheritance denied him by his usurper uncle, Uhtred has embarked upon a quest to regain what is rightfully his.
He is a hard many but not harder than the other men of his time, he is a man who still wears Thor’s hammer in a land that worships the nailed god.
There are battles; the screaming of swords; the fearful comfort of the shield wall; and death at a moment’s notice.
If you have read any of the Last Kingdom series, you know what awaits you between the covers of this book. Of course there’s blood, guts, entrails and death galore: that’s what makes Cornwell Cornwell.
This is bracing reading: it’s a book that won’t be put down.

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petehoover98118
Nov 08, 2014

Great read. Highly recommended.

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Blabbermouth
Sep 23, 2014

The ending is a bit of a worry!!! Another great read featuring my hero Uhtred. Uhtred still able to fight with strength & cunning, I think he managed not to kill any priests this book. He's holding his own or he was until he came up against Cnut Longsword. But THIS CAN'T BE THE END please let there be an eighth book.!!!

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Eosos
Jul 03, 2014

It's been a few years since I have immersed myself in the world of Uhtred. The changing pagan world of the new nailed God, interfering priests, the wars between Saxons and Danes, shield walls and Bebbanburg.
Even at 50, Uhtred has not slowed down, become more temperate or changed his view on Christian priests. Even though this story includes fewer battles and the least amount of Saxon royalty to date, I thought it was on par with most of the rest of the series.
Whether I rated this book so highly because it really was that good or because I was a little nostalgic for a favorite character or because it was just nice to get back to some Cornwell writing, I don't know but I hope the next book is as good.

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pat66
Apr 19, 2014

Like Nigel Tranter writing about Scotland, this author brings dead history to life - awesome! I'll be looking for his next one about Uhtred.

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Palomino
Feb 26, 2014

It's a historical novel, he's got an army and a boat and hits people with his sword. He's also got a fascinating set of morals that is very different from the modern norm. I'd call this rare genre "adventure" for grown-ups, Mr. Cornwell writes a swashbuckling fight scene like you're right there.

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MrsWeasley
Feb 15, 2014

Terrific book! I haven't read any of Cornwell's books before this one, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The story held my attention and I so appreciated the author's sense of humor. The main character is a pagan in 13th century Britain who ends up saving his Christian countrymen (and strengthening the Church, too). He's a moral man, even more so than most of the Christian characters we encounter in the book. My two favorite quotes (by the main character) from the book both came from the same page:
"I know this will astonish you," I said, "but I have a reputation for not killing women and children. Maybe that's because I'm a pagan, not a Christian."
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"We do not kill small children," I said. "We wait till they're grown up and then we kill them."

Great story, learn a little history (it is historical fiction, after all), and enjoy the battle scenes. Five stars!

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