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Title:
The empty throne
Author:
Cornwell, Bernard, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
Physical Description:
xiv, 296 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Supporting the widow of the dying ruler of 10th-century Mercia in her unconventional fight for leadership, wounded soldier Uhtred searches for his lost sword to regain his strength.

"My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred . . ." Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. AEthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred. Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader--but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne. Uhtred is still suffering from the wounds he received in battle. To recover his strength he needs to find the sword that caused the injury, but lost amid the battle's blood and mud, how could it be traced and who among the Vikings or Saxons might be holding it? In the end it is one champion, one hero, who will destroy the new Viking threat to Mercia and ultimately decide the fate of England."--
General Note:
"Published in Great Britain in 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062250711
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Book

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In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler. Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. When Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, dies, he leaves no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Æthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Æthelred. Widely loved and respected, Æthelflaed has all the makings of a leader but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne. Uhtred is still suffering from wounds he received in battle. To recover his strength he needs to find the sword that caused the injury, but, lost amid the battle's blood and mud, how can it be traced, and who among the Vikings or Saxons may be holding it? In the end it is one champion, one hero, who will destroy the new Viking threat to Mercia and ultimately decide the fate of England. With this eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series, we are reminded once again why New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is "the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today" (Wall Street Journal).


Author Notes

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, England, on February 23, 1944, and came to the United States in 1980. He received a B.A. from the University of London in 1967.

Cornwell served as producer of the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1969-1976. After this he was head of current affairs for BBC-TV in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1979 he became editor of television news for Thames Television of London. Since 1980 he has been a freelance writer. he lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

Cornwell's Sharpe series, adventure stories about a British soldier set in the Peninsula War of 1808-1814, are built on the author's interest in the Duke of Wellington's army. Titles include Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Regiment, and Sharpe's Waterloo. The Last Kingdom series has ten books. Book ten, The Flame Bearer is on the bestsellers list. He has also written other works including Wildtrack, Killer's Wake, Sea Lord, Stormchild, Rebel, Copperhead, and Battle Flag. His title Death of Kings made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 and In 2014 his title The Pagan Lord made the list again.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Cornwell continues his excellent Saxon Tales stories with an all-new installment chronicling the exploits of Uhtred of Bebbanburg as England teeters on the precipice of either unification or destruction. The eighth installment in this saga features a hero who has aged considerably, relying more and more on experience and cunning rather than physical prowess. Though the battle scenes still resonate, it is definitely time for a more refined political strategy as Aethelred, king of Mercia, dies and a power vacuum is waiting to be filled. Though Uhtred champions Aethelflaed, the king's widow, there are several adversaries who covet the Saxon throne. In addition, those pesky Vikings are still lurking about, and Uhtred must recover the sword that caused him cataclysmic injury in his last battle in order to fully regain his strength. Mysticism, history, brutality, muck, and mire combine to splendid effect in this compelling fictional version of the birth of a great nation.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The eighth volume in Cornwell's "Saxon Tales" series finds the intrepid Uhtred Uhtredson ailing after being speared in the battle that ended the last book (The Pagan Lord). That same battle also wounded Aethelred, Lord of Mercia. Now he lies dying in Gleawecestre, and the Mercian landowners have been summoned to select a successor. Of course, there is conniving, with various pretenders to the throne, plus the threats of the Danes invading and the Welsh marauding. Uhtred has his hands full, fiercely defending one royal's claim, searching for the stolen sword that he believes will cure his festering wound, and protecting two children who, the fortune tellers predict, will produce future kings of the realm. Verdict Once again, Cornwell perfectly mixes the history and personalities of tenth-century England with several doses of battles, trickery, and treachery. Is there a fan of historical fiction anywhere who has not yet read a Cornwell? If so, hook them on this series, and they will knight you. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14.]-W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.