The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1)

The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1)

By Bernard Cornwell

  • Release Date : 2009-07-24
  • Genre : Historical
  • FIle Size : 1.66 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1) The first book in a brand new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred.

Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at ten, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault.

The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up. He is left uncertain of his loyalties but a slaughter in a winter dawn propels him to the English side and he will become a man just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet on Alfred's kingdom. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance.

The Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell's books, is firmly based on true history. It is the first novel of a series that will tell the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants and of the enemies they faced, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother, Ubba. Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a story of divided loyalties, reluctant love and desperate heroism. In Uhtred, he has created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom one of his most powerful and passionate novels.


'Cornwell is a virtuoso of historical fiction.' Sunday Telegraph

'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail

'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer

About the author

Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC Television for seven years, mostly as a producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television’s Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.


  • The last kingdom

    By Luv warrior cats
    Excellent read, uncomplicated and well written walk through history.
  • Fantasic!

    By Westran1981
    This book is an excellent read. A great start to the series. I couldn't put it down and read it in a day!
  • Excellent book

    By Montyville
    Halfway through the book I was enjoying it and regarded as a four-star read. However the second half was brilliant and I had trouble putting it down. Definitely recommended...
  • fantastic

    By DEC118
    This book focus on a boy's life in the viking days. At first i thought this book was boring but once i read more i liked it more. There is plenty of gore and violence and i highly recomend it for teenagers ( as i am only 14) and adults