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by Cornwell, Bernard.

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TitleThe burning land : The Last Kingdom/Saxon Stories, book 5
Author / Responsible partyCornwell, Bernard.
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. Alfred, King of England, 849-899 -- Fiction. Great Britain -- History -- Alfred, 871-899 -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity. First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer. This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.

Additional Information

System control numberS14658
Original Print PublisherLondon : HarperCollins, 2009.
Series statementBook 5 of the Last Kingdom series
Series statement (Book 1 of Series Title)Book 5 of the Last Kingdom series
NarratorStephen Perring.
Narrator NameStephen Perring.
Participant or performer noteStephen Perring.
Narrators GenderMale narrator