The Winter King (Warlord Chronicles Series #1)

The Winter King (Warlord Chronicles Series #1)

by Bernard Cornwell
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The Winter King (Warlord Chronicles Series #1) by Bernard Cornwell

The Winter King goes beyond the traditional legend of romance and chivalry to bring us an Arthur who is, for the first time, utterly convincing as a man: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant. a large print edition

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ISBN-13: 9780718137625
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 10/05/1995
Series: Warlord Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 448

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell, was born in Britain, is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including the Sharpe series. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love good action, strong characters, unusual plot twists, and a historical setting, then Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy is for you. His books are not for the timid--especially if you still hold the old ideals of Camelot. I felt I discovered a real, almost factual, telling of this classic legend. Cornwell is the writer I dream of becoming. Just a little tease, in the second novel, Enemy of God, there is a wedding scene I had to read twice to make sure I was visualizing it right. But, don't jump ahead, read Winter King first or you will be lost. And, make sure you read the final novel, Excalibur, to see what happens to all the characters you will grow attached to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The power vacuum left when the Romans retreat from Britain, had been filled by kings and warlords who not only fight amongst themselves but also fight off invading Saxons and Irish warbands. One king, Uther, manages to cobble together a group of kingdoms. But he's dying, and leaves behind him only one legitimate son, Mordredd, born with a club foot. He gets a promise from one of his allies, that he will marry Mordredd's mother, Uther's queen, and act as regent until Mordredd, then only a baby, comes of age. When Uther dies, the king betrays his promise and attacks, killing Uther's widow and attempting to kill Mordredd. But Merlin's band of Druids and outcasts manages to save and hide the future king. Into that tableau comes Uther's bastard son Arthur, who had been banished to Amorica and who is now a warlord of great renown. Arthur promises to protect Mordredd and hold the kingdom for his half-brother. Following the actual historical record (what there is of it), the tale is unlike all the other Arthurian books I've read. There's little brightness in the world of the Dark Ages. It is full of betrayals and endless wars and there are few men of honor to be found. Even Arthur is flawed and despite his desire to war for peace, he's foiled at almost every turn if not by his own flaws, then by betrayals and impossible odds. An amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernard Cornwell takes you on an interesting journey to a time when magic and mystery ruled the land. His interpretation of the King Arthur legend is both refreshing and entertaining. He has a unique way of intermingling the charectors and story line, that holds your attention and makes you eager for the next chapter in this capitvating tale of the dark ages of England.
Drake_Mordant More than 1 year ago
This book is exceptional. Bernard Cornwell does more than just do the story of Arthur justice. He presents it in such a way as to make it "shiny and new" again. He breaths life back into Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest of the characters of the legend. In his book they become again, the living three dimensional people that they once were; not the stilted caricatures that they have been turned into over time by un talented hacks. So if you want to read a stunning and bold re-telling of the legend of Arthur, written by an exceptional author; this is the trilogy for you.
Marco1tx More than 1 year ago
Cornwell can get a little carried away with descriptive prose but in this book he sticks to an action packed storyline and wanders very little ! Set in the middle ages, this book is captivating from start to finish. Recommended for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Story narrated by warrior/monk should be enough to tell you this story is diffent than most, a bit to much detail regarding there clothing, didn' the mind it just not needed, all the major claim characters are here, all with human faults, I was delighted to see Lancelot character portrayed with major flaws
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows the story of King Arthur, (if you do not, you really need to get yourself acquainted with it). Arthurs story has been told in many different ways, and has been done in movies, comic books as well as books. When I was younger, I read the tales of the Knights of the Round Table, and fell in love with the idea of being a knight under Arthur. I fell in love with the idea of the romance, the nobility, the justice, the armor, the swords, the castle, the whole shebang. Then I read Bernard Cornwell’s THE WINTER KING… This is not your father or grandfather’s King Arthur. This Arthur is different, very different. He is more...what is the word…oh yes, BARBARIC. This is the story of Arthur from a more historic perspective, from Britain’s darker days. This is a more scheming Arthur as he tries to unite Britain. The battles are furious, bloody, and damned well entertaining. All of the characters from the traditional Arthur tales are here, they are just different, and in Bernard Cornwell’s hands, they come to life in a way that will stay with you for a long time. This is the first book in the Warlord Trilogy and you need to read this book!
n-berd More than 1 year ago
You have to read the whole series. What a wonderful storyteller.
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I found this book boring & very hard to get into. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my money on it.
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ZookeeperAF More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Bernard Cornwell, having read all his tales of Uhtred of Bebbanburg as well as The Archer's Tale, 1353, The Heretic, The Gallows Thief, and Redcoat. This novel of King Arthur's time is not as much fun; unlike the Uhtred series, the difficult place names do not correspond to modern places with which I am passingly familiar, and there is no map at the front of the book to which I can refer. Nor is there a pronunciation guide to assist me with names that, to my modern eye, look Welsh, with "w" replacing vowels but having an unknown sound. Similarly, I have no idea of "Nimue", a major character, is pronounced with two syllables and a long "u", or three syllables (Nim-oo-eh) or in some other fashion. Like the "longbow books" featuring Thomas of Hookton or another master of the weapon s central character, the hero Derfel is not as interesting, his literacy is not well explained, his motives are less clear. In summary, I liked the book, but I did not love the reading experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slightly different take on the legend of Arthur - was an engaging book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read numerous books concerning King Arthur. I really loved this book and Mr. Cornwell's "world of Camelot". It's a completely different take than any you may have ever read so if you are reading it solely for the romantic aspect of Camelot, I don't think it will be what you are looking for but otherwise I absolutely recommend it.
Iulievich More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for soul-searching introspections and musings over the meaning of life, Bernard Cornwell is NOT your author. His historical novels are straightforward escapist action stories of war and intrigue set in well-researched historical backgrounds. Perhaps that is why this particular novel (and, I assume the other two in this series) was less satisfying than most. As the author himself points out, the post-Roman, pre-Saxon period of British history in which the legend of Arthur took root, is murky at best. We do not even know for sure that the supposedly historical characters really even existed. The story is, therefore, necessarily much more loosely tied into known history. For me, as a lifelong historian and a fan of Cornwell's other fiction, it was less satisfying. Still, it was entertaining and a welcome relief from efforts to understand the dynamics of the grinding bureaucratic brutality of the National Socialists or the soulless nihilism of Russian Communism.
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Paul42NY More than 1 year ago
I believe Bernard Cornwell is on of the greatest writers of historical fiction. I've read all of the Saxon series and loved everyone. However, I had difficulty with reading "The Winter King" following the plot or characters in the story was not easy. I'm sure the book was difficult to write and was well written but the book was not for me. I would recommend "Winter King" for book club discussions.
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