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The Pagan Lord

(The Saxon Stories #7)

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Bernard Cornwell-who "is at his enthralling best conveying . . . one of the defining periods of English history" (Wall Street Journal)-returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with this dramatic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reig
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Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Harper Collins
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Paula Savioli They have characters and storylines that develop across each book, but I have a friend who read this one first and loved it. I find it better that you…moreThey have characters and storylines that develop across each book, but I have a friend who read this one first and loved it. I find it better that you start from the beginning though.(less)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
After just a few pages Uhtred has murdered an abbot, kicked a former friend’s teeth in and disowned a son. He quickly names another his heir, then shortly afterwards his hall is burned down and his woman is abducted by a mysterious band of warriors. So it’s just another day for the mighty Pagan Lord Uhtred .

And he’s finally going home

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Uhtred has very little left at this point. Most of his friends are dead, and he has been chased off his own land. There are no wars to fight and no enemies to sl
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Jason Koivu
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
(This is an ARC…which by now is not terribly advanced at all. But anyway, I won it here on Goodreads and I thought I should mention that…but now that I think about it, why should I mention that? I mean, I'm going to give my honest opinion of the thing no matter how I came about my copy, so what the hell?! This is the worst disclosure statement ever.)

In this latest episode of his Saxon series, Bernard Cornwell proves again that he is the modern master of action-packed historical fiction.

The story
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Murf the Surf
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting because I was there!

I'd gone to these battles sites an d seen the castles of Wales last year. Oh I love to read this stuff too. (Historical fiction of course). Wessex then becomes the springboard for the campaigns that will reconquer the north and create a unified country of the English-speaking tribes: England. By the time of Alfred’s death in AD 899, the north, all but for impregnable Bebbanburg, is under Danish rule, while the center of the country is split between Danes and Saxons.
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Scott  Hitchcock
If you've gotten this far in the series you know the pattern. Uhtred threatens priests, leaves Wessex in a tizzy, returns to save the day because of Ethelred, priests proclaim it's the nailed god, Uhtred does a facepalm. These are an easy read and guilty pleasure.
Algernon
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

It's fate, isn't it? One moment we're in the sunlight, and the next every dark cloud in Christendom is pissing all over us.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is getting old and cranky. Ten years of relative peace in the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia don't do much to improve his temper, despite having good sons, a young wife, lands and liegemen and a reputation as the fiercest warrior in all the Saxon lands. The hot-blooded Uhtred digs his own grave when he accidentally kills one of the local Bishops, and fi
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Terri
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This may sound odd coming from a woman, but I identify with the main character of this series in many ways and as long as Bernard Cornwell doesn't mess with that character too much then he will always hit true with me as each new book in the Warrior Chronicles (officially known as the Saxon Stories in the US, France and some other countries) is released.

The lowest I have ever rated a book in this series is 3 stars (out of 5) and I believe, of all seven books so far in this series, I have only
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David Sven
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘...I was sent to Hel and heard her dark cockerels crowing! They announced my coming... and the Corpse-Ripper came for me...The Corpse-Ripper... all rotted flesh peeling from his yellow bones and his eyes like fire and his teeth like horns and his claws like gelding knives. And there was a bone on the floor, a thigh bone, and I picked it up and I ripped it to a point with my own teeth and then I slew him...I am the dead... come to collect the living...’

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is back with a vengean
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Lucia
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Another great "chapter" from life story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. I love this series!
Rob
Executive Summary: This might be the weakest of the series so far, but I still continue to enjoy it. 3.5 Stars.

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This series is starting to feel a bit formulaic. Uhtred pisses off some people, does something stupid, then redeems himself through battle. I'd like to see some more progress to the overarching story than we got. I'm hoping things start to pick up more in the next book.

In particular, I found the early part a bit slow. Things did pick up as the book went on however and I sti
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David
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book in the series, Uhtred is now middle-aged. Which means, by the standards of the time, that he is becoming an old man. However, he is still a very smart warrior, with an uncanny instinct for the motives and intentions of others. Two aspects of this series continue to engage me. First, in each book, Uhtred devises some neat tricks to out-smart his enemies. Second, it is amazing how superstitious people are, and in many ways, naive. During the Middle Ages, there is no such thing as "sci ...more
Mark
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want shield walls then this is the book you want.

interesting reading, not sure about the last chapter at all, feeling numb.
Donna
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bernard Cornwell has brought Uhtred of Bebbanburg to life in such a brilliant manner. I love this series. Uhtred is such a rebel, but he is always compelled to live by his own moral codes. The friction between being a rebel and having moral codes makes this a great book, but it also makes a great series.

The opening scene had Uthred not being the best fatherly role model, but it just didn't matter. As the reader, I completely understand him and his antics. I love when that happens, especially in
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Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Após a morte do rei Alfredo no livro anterior, seu filho Eduardo está no trono e o reino passa por um leve período de paz. Uhtred vive agora sem o peso de precisar defender o novo rei, já que seu juramento estendia-se apenas ao falecido Alfredo. Portanto, nada melhor do que descansar um pouco e apenas cuidar das lavouras, certo? Nada disso!

Como a própria sinopse já nos adianta, Uhtred tem um grande desentendimento com a Igreja, o que o força a deixar
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Nate
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages, owned
I'm relatively new to this series, so this book was the first I really had to wait for, and the fact that I finished this book in two sittings is a testament to how much I missed Uhtred. He's definitely a singular presence in fiction. He's an utter he-man but in the most likable way, and blessedly free of cheesy, ham-handed masculinity. It's not like "I'm a badass because I think I look cool in mail and a helmet with a wolf's-head crest" type stuff which would be terribly annoying. Uhtred is a b ...more
happy
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Uthred is back with a vengeance. After a somewhat disappointing outing in the previous book of the series, this entry starts with a bang (figuratively or course) (view spoiler) and th ...more
Andy
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all!

Dear, Local Library, NO! You set me a book that's been to (at least 3!) a smoking home AND it had been properly assaulted by salt n vinegar crips.... of the chipsticks variety I think too....

Off to a bad start already & about a 1/3rd of the way throu' it struck me as to how devoid of real characters we had left in the series, ok Uhtred was on form & we had Uhtred junior (that is the new Uhtred junior) & one of my favs, The Irishman Finan. But that was really it, ok the
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Patricia Bracewell
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I hand carried this book home with me from Britain where it was prominently displayed in every book store I entered. Deservedly so.

There are some wonderful reviews of this book already, so I won't go into any detail. (Cornwell's fans are terrific reviewers!) Suffice it to say that Uhtred repeatedly gets himself into trouble, and just when you think that this time he's going to drown in a bog pit of his own making, he gets himself out again. He's still full of piss and vinegar. He's still a fool,
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Jeff
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every time Cornwell publishes a new Saxon Story, I re-read the previous one just to refresh my memory and get me into the mood. The Pagan Lord is the seventh in the series that features one of the best characters in historical fiction, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Born as Saxon but raised as Dane, cultural conflicts are always the heart of the story. The kind but savage warrior always manages to find himself fighting against both sides of the conflict, and he garnishes greater respect from his Danish a ...more
Mike
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I almost hate to only give it 3 Stars because he does give us a great shield wall and battle at the end. But.....I was really pissed off at the start and for good while. Uhtred is older now and with sons but he seems as stupid as an 18 year-old at the beginning. He gets burned out of his estate after making dumb mistakes. I thought his treatment of religion and the Christians reverted to uglier form. In his previous book, I thought he was getting more clever. After Uhtred is forced off his land ...more
Susan
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Uhtred is back in all his bloody glory, but, but, for the first time after many books, we can see some character development. God be praised..or gods be praised ;)
In the last couple of books I was secretly worried that Cornwell was dragging the series out for too long, and Uhtred was threatening to become a flat cardboard cutout. Thankfully in this one he rips out of the package and we get to see flashes of the original person we 'sae' grow from Saxon boy to Viking warrior and unwilling Saxon Wa
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Krista Baetiong Tungol
A new king reigns in Wessex, the Danes remain to be a grave threat in the north, Uhtred and his warrior friends are getting older (some are already dead), and the fortress of Bebbanburg, which Uhtred has yet to recapture from his usurper uncle, gets even more impregnable as the years go by.

I am definitely a fan of this series now! I live and breathe Uhtred’s adventures at the moment. I drink in all his success stories. I share his anger and discontent. I feel the wind on my face as he describes
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John Snow
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Does Cornwell think we are stupid?

(With (hidden) spoilers from the two first (of thirteen) chapters.)

Bernard Cornwell is a master of his craft. He writes well, he knows how to tell an exciting story; he weaves his tales of Uthred of Bebbanburg nicely into Saxon history.

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Emerson
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que final foi esse? :o
Wyrd bið ful ãræd 
Beorn
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
DISCLAIMER: Do not approach this book or review unless you have read the previous books in this series.

To give the review adequate context, I'll give you some back story first. I was a relative latecomer to the Warrior Chronicles storyline - I refuse point blank to call it the colloquial and wrong 'Saxon Stories' - only discovering it with the paperback release of book 6, Death of Kings. At first the book was a little lost on me so I went back and read my way through the first five. By the time
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Graham
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The seventh of Cornwell's Saxon Stories, following on from DEATH OF KINGS and set ten years after that book. We now meet Uhtred as a middle-aged man, set to undergo some traumatic life-changing events at the outset of the novel. This is Cornwell at his most dramatic: game-changing violence, twists you don't see coming, and major upheavals making the reader feel more than unsettled.

The novel then sets out to see Uhtred finally undertaking the journey to Bebbanberg, and boy, it's about time. And t
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Férial
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had just finished my review and I wanted to ctrl-x because there was one sentence I wanted off but instead of ctrl/x-ing, I ctrl/w-ed :( Bye bye review. I'm sad because it was a nice long review.

What I was saying (in short) :

- same pattern (again). Two danish lords devise a clever plan to take over Mercia, East Anglia and then Wessex. They might have succeeded weren't it for Uhtred (being way more clever than them all) who devised a plan of his own and saved the day (against all odds naturally
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Lisa
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the start. Typical Uhtred fashion. I actually started to get a little flat somewhere in the middle, perhaps I was disappointed with the outcome of the event I was reading about, not sure. But overall it was typical of this series and I still loved it. I'm not sure if I'm giving four stars to BC or Uhtred, it's possible it's the latter. I don't believe it is the best in the series, but I still enjoyed it. I still got excited at the impending battle, sat on the edge of my seat on the train ...more
Washington Post
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like so much of Cornwell’s work, “The Pagan Lord” is both excellent history and first-rate popular fiction, offering a glimpse of the distant past that is viscerally exciting and difficult to forget.

Check out our review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/enterta...
Luke
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
great read. Cornwell paints an awesome picture and does a fantastic job of placing the reader in the middle of the action. Uhtred is one of my favorite characters of any book, and he never disappoints. despite his advanced age in this latest installment he still manages to dominate in the shield wall as well as in single combat, and to save England from becoming daneland.
Christopher Wakefield
Not one of the best in the series. It's time to finish it up. Lets get Uthred back in Bandenburg Castle and call it a day.
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