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by Cornwell, Bernard

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TitleThe last kingdom : The Last Kingdom/Saxon Stories. Book 1
Author / Responsible partyCornwell, Bernard
GenreHistorical fiction, War stories.
TopicsHistorical fiction, War stories. Alfred King of England, 849-899 -- Fiction. Vikings -- Fiction. Great Britain -- History -- Alfred, 871-899 -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


The story is based on Bernard Cornwell's bestselling novels on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The Last Kingdom is the first book in the series. 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.

Additional Information

System control numberS14731
Original Print PublisherLondon : HarperCollins, 2004.
Series statementBook 1 of "The Last Kingdom/Saxon Stories"
Series statement (Book 1 of Series Title)Book 1 of "The Last Kingdom/Saxon Stories"
NarratorJonathan Keeble.
Narrator NameJonathan Keeble.
Participant or performer noteJonathan Keeble.
Narrators GenderMale narrator