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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,738 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Jamie Glover Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Release Date:
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Uhtred is a Saxon, adrift in a world of fire, sword, and treachery. He has to make a choice: fight for the Vikings who raised him, or for King Alfred the Great of Wessex, who dislikes him.

Wessex in the late ninth century was the last English kingdom. All the rest had fallen to the Danish Vikings. Now the Vikings want to finish England, and they assemble the Great Army, which has only one ambition: to conquer Wessex. Uhtred lives in Wessex, though he has little love for it and none for King Alfred. Yet fate, as Uhtred learns, has its own imperatives, and when the Vikings attack, Uhtred finds himself on Alfred’s side.

The Pale Horseman, rooted in the real history of Anglo-Saxon England, tells the astonishing and true story of how Alfred fights back against his overwhelming enemies. Alfred and Uhtred make unlikely allies, yet the two forge an uneasy alliance that will lead them to where the last remaining Saxon army will fight for the very existence of England.

The Pale Horseman is enthralling as both a historical and a personal story, a novel of divided loyalties and desperate heroism. The Washington Post calls Bernard Cornwell “perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today,” and The Pale Horseman is yet another masterpiece of historical and battle fiction that gives life to one of the most important and exciting epochs in the history of the English people and culture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Filled with bawdy humor, bloodlust, treachery and valor, this stirring tale will leave readers eager for the next volume in this Alfred the Great series.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jamie Glover narrates the historical fiction with solemnity, capturing tones of fear and exhilaration in battle and bedroom…His scholarly British voice fits the text, imparting historical veracity and fictional gravity.” 


  • “Cornwell, the author of the excellent Sharpe series, displays his usual flair for providing action-packed martial history populated by a diverse array of realistically drawn characters. A crackerjack adventure tale from a master of the craft.” 


  • “Swords, shields, mud and blood. Great stuff, as always, from the master.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan M. Malencia | 2/19/2014

    " This book had a very strong storyline. Great action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ty | 2/19/2014

    " A wonderful historic fiction. High recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brad | 2/12/2014

    " The Saxon series is my favorite of all Cornwell's series. If you like vikings and war, you'll love this. If not, you soon will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff | 1/21/2014

    " Historical Fiction at its best "

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