The Pale Horseman

The Pale Horseman

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The Danes have been defeated but the English triumph is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England's four kingdoms-and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes. Uhtred has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him Viking ways. But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters his life, he is forced to consider feelings he's never confronted before-and discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a new-found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : Sound Library, 2006
ISBN: 9780792744542
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Sellwood, Tom


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Oct 21, 2014

This is the 2nd in the Saxon Chronicle saga and continues the tradition of great writing, action, and well grounded historical fiction of the times of King Alfred. The hero Uthred, as a pagan, is at odds with the Christian social climate of Wessex under King Alfred. However, he finds himself a key leader in reviving Alfred's kingdom after the Danes have overrun it climaxing in the battle of Ethandun. Great characters are portrayed: Danes, Saxons, and Britons - the later including Alfred's chronicler Asser. Generally Uthred is not particularly enamored with many of the people he encounters which makes for great commentary.


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