The Empty Throne

The Empty Throne

A Novel

Large Print - 2015
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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.
Publisher: London : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062370341
Characteristics: xv, 472 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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Mar 12, 2017

"The Empty Throne" is one of Cornwell's Ancient Warrior is, as any loyal reader of this series well knows, one of eight tales in this series. Cornwell, a prolific author of historical fiction that hews very close to historical fact, has written over 46 novels, thrillers all.
"The Empty Throne" is set in what was much later to become England at the conclusion of the ninth century in what, much later, was to become England. The invading Danes warred against the four divided English kingdoms. Pagans fought Christians who fought the followers of the Norse god Odin.
These were brutal times. These were the times of the sword, the sea axe, the lance and the shield wall.
Protagonist Lord Uhtred, holds centre stage. And Cornwell makes him a real person, not a cut-out. He is someone with whom we can identify even though we do not hold his sword.
One thing though: the names. It seems as though half the characters are Aethesomethings: Aethelflaed, Aethelhelm, Aethelred, and Aehthelstan: I was challenged.
As usual, Cornwell's writing is crisp and compelling: it virtually oozes blood and guts: the foes' that is.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

Another good addition to Uhtred's story. I like that his children get a part in this chapter of the saga. I wish his daughter could have her own spin off series, I think she would make a wonderful main character.

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Blabbermouth
Mar 15, 2015

Good to read the 8th book in this series. The saxon tales has been a really fine read.

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LyndaLovelyWright
Mar 04, 2015

Not my genre, got confused with the similar names. didn't finish-hardly started.

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jazpur
Dec 14, 2014

I really enjoy Bernard Cornwell's writing about the turbulent times in the early days of British history prior to 1066 and The Empty Throne lives up to expectations.

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