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Bernard Cornwell

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms. The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father's land, the magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea. This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell's ancestors, depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England altogether. This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms. The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father's land, the magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea. This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell's ancestors, depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England altogether. This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.
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This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms. The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father's land, the magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea. This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell's ancestors, depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England altogether. This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Keeble

Length:

13h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

28:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

26:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

26:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:17