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Il Trono Senza Re

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830448184
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Inizi del X secolo. Le forze dei regni di Wessex e Mercia si sono unite per sconfiggere i danesi, ma i regni della Gran Bretagna continuano a essere minacciati dall’instabilità e dalle pressioni dei vichinghi. Quando Æthelred, signore di Mercia, muore senza lasciare eredi, il trono vacante è l’ideale per scatenare rivalità sopite. Mentre l’aristocrazia della Mercia discute della successione e i territori dell’ovest cercano di accampare pretese, nuovi nemici si avvicinano dalle frontiere del Nord. I sassoni avrebbero un disperato bisogno di una guida forte, invece continuano a lottare per un trono abbandonato, rischiando di minare l’unità e la forza che hanno faticosamente costruito. Uhtred di Bebbanburg, il più grande guerriero della Mercia, appoggia Æthelflaed, la consorte di Æthelred, come legittima erede al trono, perché sa che anche lei crede nel sogno di un unico regno di Inghilterra. Ma i nobili accetteranno che sia una donna a prendere il potere, anche se è la vedova di Æthelred e la sorella del re di Wessex?

La Morte Dei Re

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830436003
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Al crepuscolo del IX secolo, Alfredo il Grande è in punto di morte, e con lui sembra esserlo anche il sogno di un’Inghilterra unita. Il regno ripiomba inevitabilmente nel caos: all’antica minaccia dei danesi si aggiunge quella dei nobili sassoni, pronti ad allearsi con gli odiati nemici pur di mettere le mani sul potere e impedire al principe Edoardo di succedere al trono. Senza dimenticare la minaccia dei vichinghi da nord... In questo scenario tumultuoso, Uhtred di Bebbanburg, il guerriero sassone cresciuto tra i vichinghi, è stretto in una morsa altrettanto insidiosa, combattuto tra la fedeltà ad Alfredo e il desiderio di recuperare le terre dei suoi antenati. Ha infatti giurato fedeltà al vecchio re, ma non al suo erede, e nonostante gli anni di fedele servizio non è convinto di continuare a lottare per la causa di un’Inghilterra unita e cristiana. Ma deve prendere una decisione, su cui incombe l’ombra cupa di una profezia pronunciata da un’indovina: «Sette re moriranno, e le donne che ami...» Uhtred imbraccerà le armi in difesa della causa di Alfredo il Grande o lascerà che il sogno di un regno finalmente unito cada per sempre nell’oblio?

Il Signore Della Guerra

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830430129
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Wessex meridionale, fine del IX secolo. Uhtred di Bebbanburg ha perso tutto: non ha più la sua amatissima moglie, morta durante il parto. Non ha più le sue terre, usurpate tempo addietro. Non ha più un re per cui combattere, perché Alfredo il Grande ormai è vecchio e malato, incapace di respingere gli invasori vichinghi e ossessionato dall’idea di convertire il mondo alla fede cristiana. Uhtred di Bebbanburg non ha più nulla per cui vivere, eppure c’è qualcosa che gli impedisce di lasciarsi morire. Qualcosa che da sempre è dentro di lui. È la furia del guerriero. Una furia pagana, nata fra i danesi che lo hanno addestrato all’arte della guerra e coltivata sugli innumerevoli campi di battaglia che ha calcato. Ora la sua furia ha un obiettivo preciso: reclamare Bebbanburg, la fortezza che gli spetta di diritto e che suo zio possiede in spregio alla legge e agli dei. Ora Uhtred combatterà per se stesso e per il suo destino, il destino di un guerriero nato.

Stormchild

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061836699
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“[A] page-turner….Cornwell unleashes danger and violence, from both man and nature.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Bernard Cornwell is to the yachting adventure novel what ex-jockey Dick Francis is to the racetrack thriller.” —Orlando Sentinel The New York Times bestselling author of The Fort, the Saxon Tales, and the immensely popular Richard Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell has been called, “perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today” (Washington Post). He demonstrates another side of his extraordinary storytelling talents with Stormchild, a contemporary tale of danger on the high and treacherous seas. The gripping story of a man who has lost almost everything in his life and now must race across perilous waters aboard his sloop Stormchild in a desperate attempt to rescue his daughter from the clutches of a shadowy cult and its mad leader. As relentlessly exciting as a Tom Clancy thriller, Stormchild is a masterwork of suspense from one of today’s most versatile and accomplished popular novelists.

Waterloo

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Viking Press
ISBN: 9780670808687
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As the British and their allies enjoy society in 1815 Brussels, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe discovers that a powerful French army is approaching and that an epic confrontation at Waterloo is inevitable

Jake Ransom And The Skull King S Shadow

Author: James Rollins
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061858178
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When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents—on the expedition from which they never returned—leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance. But even as they enter the gate to this extraordinary place, savage grackyls soar across the sky, diving to attack. Jake's new friends, the pretty Mayan girl Marika and the Roman Pindor, say the grackyls were created by an evil alchemist—the Skull King. And as Jake struggles to find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most is Jake and Kady—dead or alive.

Vagabond

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061801792
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From internationally bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes the eagerly anticipated sequel in his acclaimed Grail Quest series, in which a young archer sets out to avenge his family's honor on the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail. 1347: a year of war and unrest. England's army is fighting in France, and its absence encourages the Scots to invade the old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, sent back to England to follow an ancient trail that suggests his family once owned the Holy Grail, instead becomes embroiled in the savage fight when the Scots come to Durham. Out of the horror he finds a new companion for the quest but also discovers a new and sinister enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor. All Europe wants the grail. Many may doubt it even exists, but no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom's most precious relic, and Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the Inquisitor and with Guy de Vexille, the mysterious black rider who murdered Thomas's father (in The Archer's Tale). Thomas appears to have an advantage in the race. His father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook that confirms the grail's existence and offers clues to where the relic might be hidden. But his rivals, inspired by a fanatical religious fervor, have their own advantage—the torture chamber of the Inquisition. Thomas, seeking help to decipher the book's cryptic pages, is delivered instead to his worst enemies. He finds refuge in Brittany, with Jeanette, the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the bloodiest and most desperate fights of the Hundred Years' War, the Battle of la Roche-Derrien, and amid the flames, arrows, and butchery of that night, he faces his enemies again.

The King S Sister

Author: Anne O'Brien
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 1488797358
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Elizabeth of Lancaster Sister. Wife. Traitor. One betrayal is all it takes to change history... June, 1380: Elizabeth Plantagenet – seventeen years old, spoilt, headstrong, fun-loving and intelligent — is about to be married. The Earl of Pembroke is an advantageous choice for all concerned, except Elizabeth, as the Earl is only eight years old. June, 1386: Scandalously pregnant by Sir John Holland, Duke of Exeter, whilst still married to the Earl, Elizabeth is hastily married again. As half-brother to King Richard II, Sir John is a man known to all for both his charm and self-interested scheming. Soon Elizabeth is drawn into the heart of a dangerous rebellion with her brother, King Henry IV, on one side, and her husband on the other. As tensions become a matter of life or death, Elizabeth is presented with an impossible choice of where to give her loyalty... “One of the best writers around... she outdoes even Philippa Gregory.” — The Sun “Extremely compelling historical fiction.” — Cosmopolitan “...packed with powerful emotions and tumultuous unfolding of an affair that changed the course of royal history, this is a novel in which to enjoy the past in all it rich colour and dramatic detail...” — Lancashire Evening Post “Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.” — Sunday Express

Selected Stories

Author: William Trevor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101476524
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A marvelous collection from "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" (The New Yorker). Four-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, three-time winner of the Whitbread Prize, and five-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, William Trevor is one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. Bringing together forty-eight stories from After Rain, The Hill Bachelors, A Bit on the Side, and Cheating at Canasta, this second volume of Trevor's collected fiction offers readers "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforgettable lives" (The New York Times Book Review).

The Last Kingdom

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061760884
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The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series coming to Netflix in Fall 2016. This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms. The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea. This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.