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5.0 out of 5 stars The Historyman, 20 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Pale Horseman (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2) (Paperback)
Cornwell once again takes us by the hand and leads us through times when our nation was forged on the anvil of battle, and our people were willing to pay with their lives in defence of their chosen homeland.

His vivid portrayal of 'heroes' leads the reader to imagine that he/she could easily be the maverick warrior, wielding weapons as if born to the task of slaughter.

The weaving of a thread around and among a solid historical foundation teaches the uninitiated a valuable and factual history lesson, one that those who suffered the stale and tawdry efforts of a '70s comprehensive school education will find totally strange, alien, stimulating and invigorating.

To find Cornwell's writing style or subject matter 'boring' is to totally miss the point of what such authors are about, and those seeking a change of tack would perhaps be better suited to switching on their goggle box and immersing themselves in the fineries of the many soap operas that I'm sure will more than cater for their special needs.

If you know nothing else about Cornwell, know that having read one of his historical novels you can speak confidently and with a good degree of knowledge about the history of England, such is the quality of the research and the historical accuracy that Cornwell has made a cornerstone of his writing.
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