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The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) [Format Kindle]

Bernard Cornwell
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“A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined.” (Washington Post)

“Cornwell successfully brings an unjustly obscure era in British history to life….The conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight-without projecting 21st century values onto cultures now alien to us. In the course of this, he shows how historical novels should be written.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Cornwell, a master of historical fiction, has written another energetic and involving mix of history and storytelling that will please his many fans….A sweeping story.” (Library Journal)

“Cornwell does a masterful job of showing not only how Uhtred fights, but also in how he uses his wits to backstab, threaten, bluff, and maneuver his way into a position where he’s able to fight with the best possible odds.” (Bookreporter.com)

“Plunges the reader into the world of the past, with all of its cruelties, nonexistent plumbing and deplorable personal grooming....Cornwell is a master at writing these historical novels, and The Pagan Lord as usual, is no exception.” (The Oklahoman)

“Uhtred of Bebbanburg rides into battle once again in the seventh installment of Cornwell’s stellar Saxon Tales series….Cornwell excels at depicting gloriously gory battle scenes as well as the inherent religious, political, and martial conflicts upon which a great nation was born.” (Booklist)

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

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 never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior but now out of favour with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.

Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.

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  • Editeur : HarperCollins (26 septembre 2013)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Cornwall Doing wha he Does 14 juillet 2014
I have been following the 'Worrier Chronicles' from the fist, having read other of Cornwell's series. I find it important not to read them too close together, as the formula becomes too apparent. This book is a good example of what Cornwall does so well. He uses uncertain history to write a strong, masculine novel. In this one he perhaps allows the savagery full rein at times. His descriptions of battle, however, are credible and engaging. Some have suggested they are repetitive. That takes me back to the idea of not reading the books one after the other without a good break. In the end I guess there is only so much one can say about what was a very brutal and crude form of warfare. In this book the details of the lie of the land are important and add credibility. Conwell is always very honest about the degree to which he changes known facts. He is writing a novel after all, not academic history. I enjoy the books, I find his style easy and entertaining. I look forward to the next (the last?) in the series.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pagan Lord 6 juin 2015
Par Maigrait
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Good continuation to the chronicles of Uthred of Babbenburg. Enjoyable read with excellent descriptions. The imagined situations sew the story together well from what real information we have from this period.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Saxon-wars addicted 22 octobre 2013
Par Arnaud
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After his last success to save the kingdom of Edward, Uhtred has been given a few land.But 10 years of peace came and his glorious past left memories. Churchmen are watching any wrong pace from his side to condemn the pagan. It will be easy for them to provoke the fierce man and change him in a paria in the christian kingdoms.
His loyalty to Edward's sister will make him come back when the Danes will attack. And he will fight for her lover, for his reputation and obviously for the challenge of being one against twenty!
The description of the battle is epic. Uhtred is without compromise as usual. It will simply not be possible to wait 2 years for the next episode!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Superbe serie 27 octobre 2013
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Comme d'habitude j'ai dévoré ce livre.
Bernard Cornwell est maitrise vraiment son art de nous faire partager l'histoire et l'Histoire.
Vivement le prochain
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Still a thundering good yarn 6 octobre 2013
Par JPS - Publié sur Amazon.com
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 in the tooth. Unsurprisingly, a number of reviewers who (just like myself) have read through the whole series over the years might have a sense a "déjà vu", to the extent that some might 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 (although it is preferable to do so). 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. One of the strongpoints of this book is to show that while King Alfred is commonly credited for having "saved" England from the Danes, more accurately, he saved Wessex, and there was still a chance that the largest part of the island would one day be called "Daneland", rather than England.

Among other features, the author shows to what extent the Scandinavians (they were not all Danes, even if these were a majority) had taken control of Northumbria, East Anglia and the northern part of Mercia, where they had settled in what seems to be large numbers. The book contains several glimpses of these Danish settlers and the author contends through his characters (and directly in his historical note) that the survival of "Anglo-Saxon England" was not at all a given after the death of King Alfred.

Having mentioned this, the author does seem to have taken a few liberties with the history records. For instance, Chester (Ceaster), the old Roman legionary fortress of Deva, seems to have been reconquered by the Saxons a few years before the battle of Tettenhall, and, as Cornwell mentions, the Danish warlords that he includes in his story are mostly fictional. This, however, does not detract from the story in any way and, because of the paucity of the sources, the novelist has quite a lot of room to weave his story in between the few known facts that they mention.

The characterisation is perhaps where some readers might have had the sense of "déjà vu" that I was mentioning earlier. Uthred, in particular, often seems to be his usual swashbuckling but cunning self, and most of the other characters also seem to be true to form. Even there, however, there are a couple of interesting and somewhat original features.

One is the indulgent and somewhat amused attitude that those who really know Uthred start to have when he is at his most threatening and blustering. They are, however, careful not to show it until the warlord's gambles have either paid off or failed. This also points to a key feature of the society in Northern Europe at the time, or at least of the war-like nobility in the British Isles. A warrior's reputation was everything, and he needed to keep it up by appearing fearless, however terrified he might actually be when in the shield wall. This is something that Bernard Cornwell yet again shows rather vividly when describing how horrible and traumatising such an experience might have been.

Another feature, related to the first, is the rather dare-do, mischievous and sympathetic character of the very young Athelstan (the future king) who was indeed brought up at the court of Mercia alongside his aunt (the sister of Edward the Elder, and daughter of King Alfred). He could accordingly very well be part of this book and share at least some of Uthred's adventures alongside "the Lady of Mercia."

Given all this, I simply cannot find any reason for rating the book less than five stars. For me at least, it was a superb read. I just hope it will work at least as well for you...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Uhtred Fights Again 2 novembre 2013
Par Susan Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Uhtred is one of my favorite characters and I have liked all the book in the series. My favorite is the first one as it was the most exciting. England, as we know it, was down to a piece of swapland in the 900's and Uhtred, almost single-handledly, wins the kingdom back for Alfred. Even so I have enjoyed the progression of Uhtred and continue to do so in this one even though it's very short (296 pages and some of them blanks).

Uhtred is a man of contrasts. Although he was born Saxon, he was raised by the invading Danes. A follower of Thor who fights for the Christian King, Alfred, who is now dead. His loyalty and lust has been given to Alred's daughter, Aethelflaed. Christianity is spreading rapidly throughout the kingdom and Uhtred, as a grouchy 50 year old, doesn't understand it. Personally, I don't either as Thor, as Uhtred envisions him, seems like a fun god. In Valhalla there is plenty of feasting and partying and good times.

Uhtred is still trying to get his birthright, Bebbanburg, returned to him. The Danes are trying to take over more territory and the Christian priests again try to exile Uhtred so there is plenty of fighting going on. I love the descriptions of the shield wall and the battle scenes are very realistic. I can almost imagine being there.

So even if Uhtred is getting long in tooth and has very few battles ahead of him, I still enjoy spending time with him. He is a man who knows who he is and is comfortable in his own skin. He lives and fights under his own rules and keeps a honorable standard of conduct. He doesn't believe in killing women and children. He dislikes most priests and wants to die with a sword in his hand. It's not often you meet a man who knows exactly what he wants. Uhtred is one and, I think, that's why I enjoy him so much.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent story, brilliantly paced. 5 octobre 2013
Par RCF_NZ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I understand a comment comparing this work to earlier work in Cornwell's career, however I would say he may have adjusted his style slightly for this series, and not dropped his standards at all.

This book is exactly what I would assume the author intended it to be, a continuation of the series, written in the same style, featuring the same uncompromising Uhtred, facing the same issues. Exactly what I wanted it to be.

For me the story grips as much as it always has. Excellent story, brilliantly paced. 5 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As always with Cornwell, well written and captivating book! 18 décembre 2013
Par Archie Mercer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've only read a couple of Bernard Cornwell's books having only been introduced to his efforts relatively recently with his American Revolutionary tale The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War, I so enjoyed that book that I then read 1356: A Novel, which I also enjoyed but maybe not quite as much. So when I saw his latest effort of "THE PAGAN LORD" I grabbed it without realizing it was the seventh in a series. As always Cornwell has written a story that is historically accurate to it's period with characters so wonderfully developed that it now presents me a problem. I have to go back and start at the beginning of the series, The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series #1).

Although I can definitely see how reading the first six books will help this is a book that also stands on it's own even if you are unfamiliar with the series. The main character Uthred is a brutish man which one would expect in 9th/10th century. Unhappy that his heir has become a priest Uthred kills an Abbott causing him and his loyal followers to be banished. He attempts to regain his fortress in the north only to be rebuffed but then discovers a more dangerous situation about to unfold. The book does get a wee bit gory especially at the end but again, what would you expect from a tale based in the 9th/10th century?

Cornwell has this ability to really capture his subject in vivid descriptions. Although so far my favorite of his is still The Fort, once I go back and start the series from the beginning that could change. Highly recommended.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable, but I felt as if I were re-reading the earlier books 25 janvier 2014
Par Walt Heenan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you loved Bernard Cornwell's other books in this series, you will probably like this one just fine. So why the 3 star rating you ask!

If you love his books (as I do) You are almost certainly going to down-vote my review, I just ask you to hear me out before you do.

Look, I like these books. They are fun to read. This is a fine, rip-roaring page turner. Uthred is back with the usual suspects in fine style. Several new or minor characters are introduced or fleshed out. Uthred fights new battles....against insurmountable odds. He defeats his enemies through an unbelievable amount of guile, intelligence, personality, courage, military strategy, recklessness, psychology, and luck. He is often saved by luck. Often in the nick of time, luck comes to the rescue. Did I mention, Uthread's uncanny luck?

If you want a 5 star review from me you better provide more than a page turner. I want character development. I want philosophical dilemmas. I want action. I want a good story. I want characters I care about. In short, I want closer to what Bernard Cornwell gave us in his first several books in this series.

Uthread is a smart man with an abundance of understanding of both military strategy and psychology. Given the way he out-thinks both his enemies and his allies alike, Uthred must be the smartest man alive in Saxon England around the turn of the millennium.

In the early books in this series, Uthred was a complex character torn between his early Saxon roots, his Pagan, Danish upbringing, and the Saxon entanglements he found himself ensnared in as he tried to assert his destiny as lord of Bebbanburg. But as the series has progressed - dare I say aged - it has fallen into (or should I say back on??) the formula of Uthred being treated like garbage by the Saxons (in earlier books because Alfred didn't like his paganism, and more lately because he commits some avoidable and predictable transgression against the church), Uthred then fleeing to some form of penury exile, whereupon he returns - against both his desires and better judgement - to save the Saxons from their own ineptitude. Along the way he fights battles against armies numbering ten times his own, prevailing through his inestimable intellect, his warrior's sixth sense, or the cavalry riding to his defense at the eleventh (and three quarters) hour.

Look, these books are enjoyable page turners. Cornwell writes engaging action scenes - no!! He writes freaking AWESOME action scenes. They are AWESOME. They are exciting. They are BRUTAL. BUT!!!! they have become predicable, and have really seemed to have fallen into a rut of retreading the same book with a slightly different supporting cast and a different major battle against which to stage the book.

And finally (minor spoilers to follow), something that annoyed me immensely was that he decided to end this book with a cliffhanger. C'mon!!! In all his previous books he had the respect for his readers to write a self contained novel which would bring us back for the love of the story and the love of the characters. Suddenly, it's the season finale of season 7 of the Saxon Tales. What happens to the boy in Lundeen? His mother? What about the twins? Will Uthred find love with the deaf girl, what of the golden one? For that matter will Uthred find anything at all. Who shot JR?

I feel like I have to emphasize, I read this book non stop. It IS a page turner. BUT I feel like Bernard Cornwell has given up on these characters. He has found a successful formula and he is milking it.

Give Uthred some respect and/or some financial stability. Have him screw it up through some massively stupid, miscalculated (yet somehow noble) action. Have him declared "persona-non-grata" by the Saxons. Have him retreat to the Danes (actually or metaphorically) where he will not only be happier, but accepted for who he is. Have him reject the Danes and ride on his white horse to the rescue of the Saxons who revile him. Have his strategies be repudiated by the saxons. Have him face the dreaded shield wall along with his closest friends and family. Have him persevere against unimaginable odds. C'monnnnnnn, again????

Please Bernard, stop writing the same book over and over again and give us something to look forward to.
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