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The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
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Jan 26, 2010

it was amazing

I love Bernard Cornwell's stuff. This book did not disappoint. It's the fifth installment in Cornwell's "Saxon Stories," chronicling the struggles of the nascent kingdoms of what would eventually become England against the Danes in the 10th century. Cornwell, with his usual verve and keen eye for historical detail, paints a vivid picture of the political and religious skullduggery navigated by Alfred the Great in his struggle to repel the Viking invaders and create a functional civil state, to unite the quarreling fiefdoms of Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, etc. As aways, Cornwell's depictions of medieval warfare are unflinching and vivid. New readers will want to start with the first volume of this series, "The Last Kingdom" or perhaps check out his excellent novels of King Arthur, which begin with "The Winter King."
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