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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Jamie Glove Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Release Date:
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From Bernard Cornwell, the undisputed master of historical fiction, comes the third volume in the exhilarating Saxon Stories.

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred’s lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister 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. Needing other allies, he chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross 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. Instead of victory Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great.

A breathtaking adventure, Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and Danes gradually become one people, adopting each other’s languages and fighting side by side.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cornwell…breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jamie Glover authentically captures the atmosphere of the era of the Saxon Chronicles with seemingly effortless narration in this historical fiction.”


  • “Of course, all plotlines lead to combat, and Cornwell does not disappoint.”


  • “Filled with plenty of action, betrayal, and bloodshed, along with a healthy dose of religion and superstition…Historical fiction lovers and those who want a good old-fashioned action tale should enjoy this book.” 

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary O. | 1/15/2014

    " Bernard Cornwell is an excellant historical writer! Although his books are as bloody as the times, his characters are compelling. Like Shakespeare, they relate to current times; different consciousness, same emotions. I have completed the Saxon series and hated to see it end. Uhtred is the man I would want on my side, should trouble come my way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gui | 12/17/2013

    " Bernard Cornwell continues to amaze me with these books. I love how the main character, Uhtred, continues to grow wiser and wiser. Some other really interesting characters are introduced in this too, my favorite was the Slave King. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tom Sellwood and I'm a little upset he isn't the one reading the next books in the series :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 12/11/2013

    " Now officially my favorite series from BC. This is the third of four about Dark Ages England, historical fiction and apparently accurate. The main character is like Conan. One of the reviews on the back called him the "the Han Solo of the Ninth Century." I like that. The depiction of Christian religion at this time is hilarious. I got this one in the mail before the second. Out of order, but I had to finish it anyway. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharon | 12/9/2013

    " I read the whole Saxon series and was enthralled. Cornwell brings the 900's to life for the reader and makes one grateful one is reading, not living, in the era. Outstanding series! "

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