The Lords of the North

The Lords of the North

Bernard Cornwell / Jan 28, 2020

The Lords of the North The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell s King Alfred series following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman both of which were top ten bestsellers The year

  • Title: The Lords of the North
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780007244645
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell s King Alfred series, following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, both of which were top ten bestsellers The year is 878 and Wessex is free from the Vikings Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred s lack ofThe third instalment in Bernard Cornwell s King Alfred series, following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, both of which were top ten bestsellers The year is 878 and Wessex is free from the Vikings Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred s lack of generosity and repelled by the king s insistent piety He flees Wessex, going back north to seek revenge for the killing of his foster father and to rescue his stepsister, captured in the same raid He needs to find his old enemy, Kjartan, a renegade Danish lord who lurks in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos and fear His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword, with which he has made a formidable reputation as a warrior He will need the assistance of other warriors if he is to attack Dunholm and he finds Guthred, a slave who believes he is a king He takes him across the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria The Lords of the North is a powerful story of betrayal, romance and struggle, set in an England of turmoil, upheaval and glory Uhtred, a Northumbrian raised as a Viking, a man without lands, a warrior without a country, has become a splendid heroic figure.

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        Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.


    1. The second season of the Last Kingdom has started off very strongly, and by the looks of things it’s going to be following the events of this book. So it will focus on the blood feud between Uhtred and Kjartan, which is all good. But if you’ve read the books you’ll know that this isn’t something that takes too long to resolve. I wonder what the show writers will have left because so far the rivalry is the most compelling part about the adaption. I think the characterisation of Uhtred’s [...]

    2. It's Danes versus Saxons in a fight for the right to rule over a cold, wet island soon to be known as England, as depicted by these toys in this unrealistic settingOur hero Uhtred is still at it, trying to regain what is rightfully his, the impregnable fortress Bebbanburg. But as usual, a bunch of assholes stand in his way.Sorry for cussing just then. However, if you've read any of Bernard Cornwell's books before, you're probably not too shocked by it. The only thing that might've surprised you [...]

    3. Because fate cannot be cheated, it governs us, and we are all its slaves.I don't know how much more I can love this series. I don't know how much more I can say that I haven't already said. I don't know how much more I can tell the world that I need a Viking, that I want to be a Dane and fight next to them. I think my bloodlust has intensified and all I want to do is be a warrior. This book, by far, is the best in the series. Book one was heartbreaking and full of discovery. I cried a lot in tha [...]

    4. Another good episode in the story. Uthred's story is more isolated in this one and we don't have the epic battles of the first two.

    5. „Wyrd bið ful ãræd.“ – „Fate is inexorable.“I had a super long review written for this series but I deleted the document accidentally so let me share with you at least some major points to explain my reasons for loving this series so much:* Astonishing storytelling skills. Bernard Cornwell brought 9th century England alive for me.* Unforgettable narrator. Uhtred of Bebbanburg is unapologetic and ruthless yet lovable and admiration worthy character with brilliant military strategic m [...]

    6. Uhtred makes me laugh. I like him and I get him.Okay, if you have read my review of the first two books in this series, The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, - and it would be most arrogant of me to assume that you have - then you will understand why I have started this review with those few simple words.For those who have not read those reviews, let me explain.I love this Saxon series of Cornwell's, I love the main character, Uhtred, I love the way Cornwell writes, I love this world he has br [...]

    7. I'm risking genre burn out so I'll stop here for now. I liked it but I need to break it up with a romantic comedy or something. Well, that's extreme. Probably not a romantic comedy.

    8. rating: 4.5/5This is the third in the Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories series and am still loving it! Uhtred is a blood-lusting arrogant ass with a cruel streak but also a redeeming goodness (which seems contradictory but you just gotta read for it to make sense). This book picks up soon after the battle in the second book, The Pale Horseman, ends. Alfred gives Uhtred "five hides" as reward for his actions (the bastard) so Uhtred buries his fortune and, with Hild in tow, makes it for Northumbria [...]

    9. Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:Os dinamarqueses foram expulsos de Wessex após perderem a Batalha de Ethandun para os homens de Alfredo. Uma vitória magnífica dos saxões que acreditam que foi Deus quem ganhou a batalha, mas todos sabem que Uhtred e seus companheiros fizeram a maior parte do trabalho.E agora, o que fazer? Uhtred tem uma rixa de sangue com Kjartan, o homem que assassinou Ragnar e sequestrou a sua irmã de criação, e também precisa recuperar Bebbanburg, que est [...]

    10. Uhtred does considerable growing up in the third installment of the Saxon Stories, growing from a brash and over-confident boy to a man hardened and tempered by suffering. He is now a warrior of considerable reputation, but Alfred has dispensed with his services now that peace has come to Britain. Spitting with rage over his demotion, Uhtred goes north to meet old enemies and make some new ones. Betrayal leaves him enslaved and chained to an oar but unbroken, and when he gains his freedom Uhtred [...]

    11. I am really happy that this is the last book which I finished reading in 2016, because the Saxon Stories reaches to new heights with this book. I sailed through this book in just about a week, and although the previous books were also a good sail but this book gave a new wind in my sails and left me wanting for more.As I am doing audio for these books, there was also a change of narrator for this book, and Richard Armitage does a fantastic job, conveying to us this historical fantasy with differ [...]

    12. I've heard a lot of people gripe about the fact that Cornwell sticks to a somewhat formulaic pattern with his books; a lot of people don't like it, but I do. I do enjoy when authors have a lot of dynamics and changing styles, ideas, plots etc. from book to book, but I also sometimes just want to read something where I know what I'm gonna get and I don't have to adapt or really face any challenge with new facets of an author's work. That's not to say that it's boring or stale, though; he's great [...]

    13. I enjoyed this very much, although I wonder just how wise it is to drive suburban streets while listening to graphic descriptions of people hitting each other with sharp swords. Having listened to the previous book in this series, it was very interesting to hear differences in the styles of the two readers - having become used to Tom Sellwood's more restrained style for The Pale Horseman, it took me a little time to get used to Richard Armitage's more vigorous narration for this book (ah, but he [...]

    14. Shockingly, third book in a series, still great. I expected this book to fall off the excellence of the first two, but it didn't. I'm still fascinated by Uthred. I am most impressed that over three books the archenemy remained the same while the main character was able to resolve other highly charged antagonists. So finally in the third book Uthred has his revenge on the northern Danes. I am a little tired of Uthred's women situation. He picks a new girl every six months and she is his everythin [...]

    15. In LORDS OF THE NORTH, the third in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories concerning the lives of Uhtred and Alfred the Great in the late 9th century, the author takes us away from the familiar trappings of Wessex into a whole new territory: the wild Northumbrian north. I think it was a good call, because it breathes new life into the series.At first, though, I thought this was the weakest of the series so far. The first third seems very.levant. We're introduced to a whole new cast of characters, and [...]

    16. In "Lords of the North," we see a powerful warrior (Uhtred of Bebbanburg who killed—correct me if I'm wrong—not one, but two descendants of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok) brought to his knees. The first part of the book, excellent as always, chronicles Uhtred's downfall from rising star of the Saxons towell, just read the book. And just when you think that everything's going very very bad for our hero, the author pulls off a deus ex machina (I'm always skeptical of this plot device, but it s [...]

    17. Fresh off of helping King Alfred defeat the Danes in Wessex, and essentially saving the future of England, Uhtred is expecting some sort of reward. But alas, Alfred’s largess amounts to a slap in the face and so Uhtred heads north, intent on finding his stepsister who was taken prisoner by the Danish Lord Kjartan the Cruel. He also hopes to get back to reclaiming his homelands.This third novel in the Saxon Tales does not let up in the strong plots and great characters. Once again, it moves alo [...]

    18. NOOOO!!!!! 6 months wait for the next book. This was GREAT!,Book three in the Saxon Chronicles is the best book by Bernard Cornwell that I have read. I had read his "Grail Quest Trilogy" before coming to this series, which I thought was a trilogy, but now know could go on much longer (it will be at least 4 books and I certainly hope for more)."Lords of the North" continues the fantastic, emotional tale of Uhtred, the fictional Saxon-born, Dane-adopted and raised warrior, that is fated to fight f [...]

    19. Wyrd bi. Fate is fate.Uhtred may not like what the three spinners have in store for him, but he knows too that fate is inexorable; his own has long been sealed since the day his Saxon father died and a Dane father fostered him.It is fate that has led him to the north, where his beloved Bebbanburg lies, after realizing that winning King Alfred’s war has not gained him any fitting recompense. It is fate that has determined his encounter with a Dane slave prophesied by a Christian monk to be Nort [...]

    20. Mais um livro das Crônicas Saxônicas do Bernard Cornwell. Depois de mais uma aventura de Uhtred, recomendo, para quem for encarar as crônicas, ler os livros na sequência, sem dar pausa. O que tinha me incomodado nos primeiros livros, em relação ao arco e a profundidade de alguns personagens (como o Rei Alfred, por exemplo), se resolve ao ler os livros em sequência. Cornwell extende os arcos dos personagens coadjuvantes ao longo dos livros, que agora considero como capítulos da crônica. [...]

    21. This continues to be a great series. Despite his hatred for the sickly King Alfred, fate seems to be drawing Uhtred to the Saxon side of the war for England.Continuing in the vein of the previous books there is plenty of conflict and death. I'm not sure if this book makes Uhtred more or less likeable but it sure makes me want to know more about what happens to him.

    22. This is an awesome third book in the Saxon series. King Alfred, King Guthred, Lord Uhtred, Lord Ragnar and all the others come alive. Definitely a book you won't want to put down. Bernard Cornwell has become one of my favorite historical fiction authors.

    23. Absolutely Brilliant Love love this series, I can't get enough. Ulthred and Ragnar are my heroes. I was totally glued to the book from Ulthreds enslavement to the all the battles in the end. I even got emotional at the end when Ragnar got his revenge and reunited with his sister. Just Wow! What a powerful moment. I loved all the Viking bantering and was mind blown with the actions of the Christian Monks, sorry to say it but I was happy that two of them got what they deserved - death. I believe t [...]

    24. It’s the late 9th Century and Uhtred Ragnarson of Bebbanburg is back and ready for more sword-waving, shield-bearing, and brute force honesty. Lords of the North opens with Uhtred and Hild immediately after the events of the third Saxon Chronicle book The Pale Horseman. Uhtred, the protagonist of the series, is our narrator again and brings a blunt, rough, and for lack of a better word, stereotypically male point of view to real historical events revolving around certain real historical figure [...]

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