Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell, Frederick Davidson

Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death at the Old Temple of Ratharryn-and his ominous "gift" of gold-precipitates the building of what for centuries to come will be known as one of mankind's most singular and remarkable achievements. Bernard Cornwell's epic novel Stonehenge catapults us into a powerful and vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice at once timeless and wholly original-a tale of patricide, betrayal, and murder; of bloody brotherly rivalry: and of the never-ending quest for power, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment.

Three brothers-deadly rivals-are uneasily united in their quest to create a temple to their gods. There is Lengar, the eldest, a ruthless warrior intent on replacing his father as chief of the tribe of Ratharryn; Camaban, his bastard brother, a sorcerer whose religious fervor inspires the plan for Stonehenge; and Saban, the youngest, through whose expertise the temple will finally be completed. Divided by blood but united-precariously-by a shared vision, the brothers begin erecting their mighty ring of granite, aligning towering stones to the movement of the heavenly bodies, and raising arches to appease and unite their gods. Caught between the zealousness of his ambitious brothers, Saban becomes the true leader of his people, a peacemaker who will live to see the temple built in the name of salvation and regeneration.

Bernard Cornwell, long admired for his rousing narrative and meticulous historical imaginings, has here delivered his masterpiece, the most compelling and powerful human drama of its kind since Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and Edward Rutherford's Sarum. His re-creation of civilization as it might have been in 2000 B.C. at once amplifies the mystery of his subject and makes the world of Stonehenge come alive as never before.

About the Author:

Bernard Cornwell, is the author of the highly acclaimed American Civil War series The Starbuck Chronicles: Rebel, Copperhead, and Battle Flag. A native of England, where he worked as a journalist in newspapers and television, Cornwell is now a resident of the United States and lives with his American wife in Cape Cod.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786119523
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Edition description: 11 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 6.68(w) x 9.68(h) x 2.28(d)

About the Author

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne and Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
'Stonehenge' is really quite interesting! From the human drama played out between brothers to the building techniques of the Sky Temple, Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job of writing about one of man's compelling architectural mysteries. I have always wondered how the erectors of Stonehenge got those trilithons up; and although no one may ever know the answer for sure, Cornwell does write a plausible scenario. But what makes this book worth reading is not another theory on how Stonehenge was built, but the story and characters Cornwell offers up. It's a suspenseful and intriguing story filled with loyalty and betrayal, emotions of love and hatred, adventure, sorcery, and human achievement. I recommend this book for everyone, especially those who ever wondered about Stonehenge. It may be fictitious, but as far as I'm concerned, this account is what really happened some 4000 years ago. EnJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good read, if a bit long. Mr. Cornwell takes on the very difficult task of creating a complete and complex culture and religion from a time when we have pitifully little hard evidence to go on. Incorporating most of what recent archeologists and anthropologists have theorized he gives us a very entertaining read. If there is a disappointing area it is in his reach for technology with what is probably a far too sophisticated use of bronze and a highly unlikely use of oxen. His religious motiffs seem to borrow heavily from the much later Celts and what is probably a misplaced focus of blood sacrifice to a sun god in the late paleolithic. Overall, well worth the effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book, but Bernard Cornwell failed to mention the first stones brought to Stonehenge in the Late Neolithic Period from the South Wales Coalfield area. Stonehenge's first hauled stones, of course, are the white Early Carboniferous (Mississippian) Period, Arundian Age, High Tor (Birnbeck) Limestone Formation calcium carbonates of its original counterscarp bank (3/4's later moved to Heelstone ditch and Stonehenge's nearest barrow 100 metres east-southeast of Heelstone). These first transported stones overlay Stonehenge's geologic outcrop of white Late Cretaceous Period, Santonian Age, Seaford Chalk Formation calcium carbonates. Other than Bernard Cornwell not mentioning these Stonehenge Whitestones, as they are commonly referred to by BGS (British Geological Survey) geologists, the book 'Stonehenge' is a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like a story thats 'Just the facts' then you may like this tale of ancient religion and 3 brothers at odds. The plot is compelling and there is lots of it - but the major flaw is the lack of character for each person. The book spends pages describing the hut or stone or boat of someone - then spends 2 paragraphs on the death of a major character. People, like stone, serve as devices for the plot but never have a life or depth of their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the 'Clan of the Cave Bear' series, you'll probably like this book.It is a similar type of book. The characters were fairly well developed and the story moves along quickly. It has got its fair share of blood and gore, human sacrafice, etc. Having recently been to several archeological sites in Scotland, the physical descriptions rang true. Reading this makes you feel glad to live in 2000 AD rather than 2000 BC!!!!!! Don't skip the author's afterword - it is extremely interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down. The story of three very different brothers involved in the building of Stonehenge moves right along. The possibility of how the stones might have been moved and the temple constructed is plausible. The three men are fairly stock characters - the ruthless leader, the fanatical religious, and the peace-loving good guy - and would probably be right at home dressed in expensive suits in a contemporary novel, but the tale is so well-told it doesn't really matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished this--a fabulous account of building the great circle of stones, an incredible human achievement, told here w/ great drama, using the rivalry betw. 3 brothers to advance the story. Forewarned is fore-armed: no Druids or UFOs here!
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CRB69 More than 1 year ago
Cornwell makes the reader feel as if they are there! Stonehenge is another example of Cornwell's mastery of his craft.
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KnightLB More than 1 year ago
I've come to love the writings of Bernard Cornwell with the warlord series those books made me feel like I was right there and I have read the saxon tales and the archers tale books also I was so looking forward to reading stonehenge. I wanted to find out more about how where and when about that site but I came to find out that this book was dry and hard to keep me excided about the book. I found it was a hard read due to the dryness of the book. I couldn't connect with the lead characters. It was almost like hoping they would all die off just to get the book over and done with. Where it takes me about 6 days to read one of his books this one took me about a month. I can not in good mind recommend this book sorry. I am still a fan of Bernard Cornwell just did not like this book at all and I wanted so much to read it. Glad I did but also sorry I did.
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Cornwell has a wondeful ability to take the past and bring it to life. We all know there is a great mystery for the stone circles and in partciular, Stonehenge, and about the people that lived during that time. But Cornwell has taken a time period and given it a good shot at what it might have been like. Excellent read...
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