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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warlord Trilogy Release Date:
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It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur.

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, and where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cornwell takes us into the world of mystery, adventure, passion, and love with exquisite skill. This is a riveting, heart-topping tale that will enchant all those who read it.” 

    Deepak Chopra, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Without smoke and mirrors, the magic in The Winter King is conjured within the human heart.” 


  • “The strength of the tale lies in the way Cornwell tells it through the creation of flesh-and-blood players who make a historical period come magically alive.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Great battle scenes and brilliant political intrigue swirl about a cast of legendary but very human characters. The redoubtable Cornwell strikes again.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen Green | 2/4/2014

    " Fascinating look at the start of a dynasty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randy | 12/30/2013

    " This is beautifully written history that reads like a novel. The first half of Henry VII's reign had the makings of a Shakespeare history; the second half had the makings of a David Chase show. Once Henry secured his throne against claimants and pretenders, he ran England like Tony Soprano ran North Jersey. Thomas Penn nicely explains the career of an arguably transformative figure in English history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melora | 12/7/2013

    " Whew! Well, the author did a good job with his material, and most of it was pretty interesting, but by three-quarters through I just wanted that wretched, rapacious, horrible Henry VII to just Hurry Up and Die Already. Oh. my. word. What a nasty man. Actually, almost everyone in this was to some degree loathsome. Except Henry's wife, Elizabeth. She seemed nice. However, I really did enjoy most of the book -- the political maneuvering and shifts in power (mostly into the hands of the king and his advisers) were well described. If I'd rated this on page 250, before I got fed up, I'd have given it four stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Audrey | 11/21/2013

    " A remarkable book about the beginning of the Tudor Dynasty. The book reflects the wealth of research undertaken by the author, but It is never boring or turgid. As you read through the chapters you begin to feel and smell the oppressive court of Henry VII. In reality, At the root of all the oppression was the real problem that Henry VIi had no right to the throne and he knew it, he was the usurper. Henry VII lived his whole reign living in fear of other legitimate and non-legitimate claims to the throne he had claimed. This coloured everything he did and as a result, he trusted no one and ruled the country withman iron fist, twisting and abusing the laws of the land to amass a personal fortune and keep everyone in check. Everyone was at risk, and all who surrounded him at Court knew it. Henry VII thrived on causing fear disorienation and oppression. This book is a remarkable and detailed account of that time and gives a real flavour of the constant fear and oppression wrought by this Machiavellian king. For anyone interested in history, and especially Tudor history, I would highly recommend this book. "

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