Arthur Books 2 The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell PDF

By Bernard Cornwell

ISBN-10: 0060888741

ISBN-13: 9780060888749

In a conflict of heroes, the dominion is born. on the finish of the 9th century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ailing wellbeing and fitness; his inheritor, an untested formative years. His enemy, the Danes, having didn't triumph over Wessex, now see their probability for victory. Led by means of the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes assault. yet Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worthy, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one in every of their maximum defeats. For Uhtred, the wonder of victory is quickly overshadowed via tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing by no means back to serve the Saxon king. in its place, he'll reclaim his ancestral fort at the Northumbrian coast. Allied along with his previous pal Ragnar—and his outdated foe Haesten—he goals to invade and overcome Wessex itself. but destiny has assorted plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. whilst Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for support, he can't refuse her request. In a determined gamble, he's taking command of a demoralized Mercian military, major them in an unforgettable conflict on a blood-soaked box beside the Thames. within the Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of ancient fiction" (USA Today), gives you a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England—an impossible to resist new bankruptcy in his exciting Saxon stories, the epic tale of the delivery of britain and the mythical king who made it attainable.

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The dead, he says, do not have shad­ow-​bod­ies, nor can they cross the sword bridge, but in­stead they lie in their cold graves and wait for the fi­nal com­ing of our Lord Je­sus Christ. It is prop­er, he says, for us to re­mem­ber the dead and to pray for their im­mor­tal souls, but their bod­ies are gone. They are cor­rupt. Their eyes have melt­ed to leave dark holes in their skulls, worms liq­ue­fy their bel­lies, and mould furs their bones. The saint in­sists that the dead do not trou­ble the liv­ing on Samain Eve, yet even he will take care to leave a loaf of bread be­side the monastery hearth this night.

One last cam­paign, my dear Der­fel, one last great slaugh­ter, then we shall have peace. Pure peace. ’ He spoke ex­ult­ing­ly. That night, among the dead, he re­al­ly did see peace com­ing. We walked to­wards the fires that lay around the Ro­man house where Cein­wyn’s fa­ther, Gorfy­ddyd, lay dead. Arthur was hap­py that night, tru­ly hap­py, for he saw his dream com­ing true. And it all seemed so easy. There would be one more war, then peace for ev­er­more. Arthur was our war­lord, the great­est war­rior in Britain, yet that night af­ter bat­tle, among the shriek­ing souls of the smoke-​wreathed dead, all he want­ed was peace.

There was on­ly the glim­mer­ing wash of moon­light that turned the stones of Dol­for­wyn’s roy­al cir­cle in­to sil­vered shapes in the dark. I walked to­wards the stone cir­cle and the sound of my heart seemed loud­er than the foot­fall of my heavy boots. Still no one ap­peared and for a mo­ment I won­dered if this was some elab­orate jest on Mer­lin’s part, but then, in the cen­tre of the stone ring, where the sin­gle stone of Powys’s king­ship lay, I saw a gleam that was brighter than any re­flec­tion of mist­ed moon­light from rain-​glossed rock.

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