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Thread: Warlord Chronicles/Last Kingdom

  1. #1
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    Jan 2005
    Nobleboro, Maine, USA

    Warlord Chronicles/Last Kingdom

    Excellent historical-fiction books by Bernard Cornwell, based in ancient England. The former is a history of King Arthur, except that it's grounded in reality, placed a century or so after Rome fell. It's told through the eyes of Derfel Cadarn, a monk who fought against the Saxons who where slowly conquering Britain from the native Britons. He is a Mithraist and follower of the Druidic religion in his recollection, and he tells of how he met Arthur, was raised by Merlin, etc...
    The series starts off with the magic being explainable through coincidence and such, but in each progressive book, the magic is harder and harder to explain away, but nowhere is there a "pulsing blue light" or anything blatantly obvious.
    The latter is set around 840 AD (I think), and is told through the eyes of Uttrick, who is a Saxon fighting to keep his lands from the invading Danes. Another work of historical fiction, it is the history of Alfred the Great as seen through the eyes of Uttrick (also a pagan).
    Both are extremely well-written, and I believe deserve a place here for their historical merit, even if they don't necessarily focus on swordplay, although both characters are warriors.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    north east England

    The warlord chronicles

    I think the way Cornwell narrates the shield wall battles and derfels single combat sword fights is fantastic -

    key fights are - Arthur V owain , a warlord - The winter King .

    Derfel V Lioffa - The saxons master swordsman - The enemy of God .

    Arthur V Mordred - climactic battle on the shores of camlaan - Excalibur .

    These novels are light years better than that pot of faeces' that was 2003's
    film - King Arthur .

    " Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

    Ephesians 6:11


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