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The Last Kingdom
by Bernard Cornwell | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Moriquen of Broechem, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on 7/15/2011
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by dutch-book): to be read


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Journal Entry 1 by Moriquen from Broechem, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Friday, July 15, 2011

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"The first book in a brand new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred. 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. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance. The Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell's books, is firmly based on true history. It is the first novel of a series that will tell the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants and of the enemies they faced, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother, Ubba. Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a story of divided loyalties, reluctant love and desperate heroism. In Uhtred, he has created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom one of his most powerful and passionate novels. " 


Journal Entry 2 by Moriquen at Borgerhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Sunday, August 12, 2012

7 out of 10

This book was great fun to read and I am definately going to read the other parts in the Saxon Chronicles.
The final battle was very exciting to read, but I did feel that some parts of the book lacked a bit of feeling. Like the hall burning. The main character seems very distant from everything even though it is his family being burnt.  


Journal Entry 3 by Moriquen at Broechem, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (11/7/2012 UTC) at Broechem, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium

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On its way to dutch-flybabe as part of a swap. Thanks for sending me The Magdalene Scrolls and have fun reading this book! 


Journal Entry 4 by dutch-flybabe at Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Found this book in my mailbox today. Thanks for trading! 


Journal Entry 5 by dutch-flybabe at BC Meeting 2016 in Castricum, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (7/3/2016 UTC) at BC Meeting 2016 in Castricum, Noord-Holland Netherlands

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

After a bookcase cleanout this book is ready to travel once more. I'm adding it to the bookbuffet at the Castricum meeting this sunday. Happy travels!  


Journal Entry 6 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, July 04, 2016

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Took it with me, very exciting! 


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