In the exhilarating Saxon Tales series, Bernard Cornwell
reimagines one of the most fascinating tales in all of history—the birth of
England—and breathes life into the brilliant king who made it possible: Alfred
The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between
the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south.
Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a
Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife, and children—and a duty to King Alfred to
hold the frontier on the Thames. But a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have
invaded the decayed Roman city of London with dreams of conquering Wessex … with
Uhtred’s help. Suddenly forced to weigh his oath to the king against the
dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles,
Uhtred—Alfred’s sharpest sword—must now make the choice that will determine
England’s future. Download and start listening now!