The Empty Throne: A Novel (Saxon Tales)
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Bernard Cornwell
- Publish Date: 2015-01-06
The eighth installment of Bernard Cornwellâs bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, âlike Game of Thrones, but realâ (The Observer, London)âthe basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.
My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred . . .â
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.
When Ãthelred, the ruler of Mercia, dies, he leaves no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Ãthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Ãethelred. Widely loved and respected, Ãthelflaed has all the makings of a leaderâbut can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.
With this eighth entry in the epic Saxon Tales series, we are reminded once again why New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is âthe most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world todayâ (Wall Street Journal).