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The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 7) [Hardcover]

Bernard Cornwell
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26 Sep 2013 The Warrior Chronicles (Book 7)

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, 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.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007331908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007331901
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (655 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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THE PAGAN LORD – 'The Times books of the Year 2013' pick

'A tense, powerful and compulsive story' THE TIMES

'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES

'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles' THE TIMES

'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined' WASHINGTON POST

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive’ George R.R. Martin

‘Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed’ THE TIMES

‘He’s called a master storyteller. Really he’s cleverer than that’ TELEGRAPH

‘A reminder of just how good a writer he is’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell’ Lee Child

This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year' EVENING STANDARD

‘A runaway success’ OBSERVER

‘A master of storytelling’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and
worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his
American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a
novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy
divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South
Carolina.


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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a thundering good yarn 6 Oct 2013
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is instalment seven of the Warrior Chronicles set in the time of King Alfred and his successors, with Uthred, the pagan warlord brought up by the Danes, still fighting on the side of the Saxons, although getting a bit long on the tooth. Unsurprisingly, a number of reviewers who (just like myself) have read through the whole series over the years may have a sense a "déjà vu", to the extent that some mayt be getting a bit tired with having similar scenes played over and over again. These include the hero getting himself into trouble by murdering and terrorising overbearing churchmen, throwing his weight around, rushing around the country waving his sword and saving the Saxons almost on his own. If the book was limited to this, then indeed I would share their feelings. But there is, at least for me, far more to it than that...

As mentioned in the title of this review, the book is a thundering good yarn, regardless of whether you have read the previous ones in the series. It was, at least for me, hugely entertaining. It is one of these books that you can't drop until you have reached the last page and I admit to spending most of Saturday reading it from cover to cover non-stop. Hence you get comments from some other reviewers about the book being shorter than others, perhaps, and shorter than they would have wished, quite certainly. This, in itself, makes the book well worth reading. It is a first class swashbuckler adventure story, fast-paced and with lots of "blood and thunder". In this respect, Bernard Cornwell is true to form.

Then there is the historical context, and the painting of what was shortly to become "England". Here also, the author has been true to form, meaning excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph! 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
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Once again Bernard Cornwell turns out a splendid page turner, he really is a consummate writer /story teller. In this sequel The Pagan Lord we find Uhtred on the wrong side of the new King and up against the heaviest opposition so far. The narrative is fast paced so much so that I found I was up until 2 in the morning as I had to find out what happened next. A thoroughly excellent read. For those who would like further information on this epoch, I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uhtred Returns. Again 13 Jun 2014
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This is well written and well researched, as are all the other books in this series, but for me personally the story is beginning to wear a little thin and some of Lord Uhtred’s exploits seem just a bit too unlikely. Uhtred is now in his 50s, which is positively ancient by Saxon standards and he appears to have survived more attempts on his life than 007 James Bond. As with all the other books, this instalment starts off with Uhtred being out of favour and ends with him once again restored to hero status. He still hasn't managed to recapture Bebbanberg though. I found the early chapters of this particular book a bit tedious and almost gave up reading it. However, I felt that the pace of the story improved from about half-way through.

In conclusion, well written, if a little slow to get going. If you liked the earlier books in this series, then you will like this one. Personally, I am bored with this character now. Hurry up and finish this tale Bernard!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 26 Mar 2014
By mike w.
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Awesome new Novell by the someone you know will always deliver!!! Really anticipated addition to the series good beginning enjoyable middle brilliant end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 29 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
Read in one day while I was ill, couldn't put it down. Love this series but this is the best yet, can't wait till next one comes out in October!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By bestie
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This series has gone from strength to strength, I have never felt so close to understanding what the Saxon warrior world must have been like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pagan Lord 13 May 2014
By mammia3
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Bernard Cornwell never disappoints as far as I'm concerned. I've read all the Uhtred series and have waited eagerly for the next.
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By Leni
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Yet another amazing book in the Warrior Chronicles series. Throughout this series, I get a growing sense of history, the history of kings and of commoners of what is now England. Women are not very clear in the picture but then, these are The Warrior Chronicles. The image I get of war is gruesome, and, right now, there is a clear link between what is going on in the Middle East: the senseless slaughter, the rape of women and selling women and children into slavery and prostitution. But The Warrior chronicles also give an idea of the old religions of the region before Christianity emerged. Bernard Cornwell is perhaps not enamored by Christianity, the representatives and adherents of this religion don't come out very well in this series. I am inclined to go along with Cornwell on this; religion is, and has been, largely, about power and quite hostile to women, even though many of its adherents are women.
Great atmosphere in these books, great description of landscapes and places, including the old Roman ruins.
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