Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

I recently read the 5th installment of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Chronicles Series entitled The Burning Land. I thought this one was stronger than the last couple ones, and especially enjoyed the middle part of the book, where our surly Uhtred roams free so to speak.

Here is a little nugget to give you an idea of the tone of the books:

Monasteries are adept at inventing old land grants, proving that some ancient half-forgotten king has granted the church a rich estate, thus forcing the rightful owner to either yield the ground or pay a vast sum in compensation. They tried it on me once. A priest brought the documents and I pissed on them, and then I posted twenty sword-warriors on the disputed land and sent word to the bishop that he could come and take it whenever he wished. He never did. Folk tell their children that success lies in working hard and being thrifty, but that is as much nonsense as supposing that a badger, a fox, and a wolf could build a church. The way to wealth is to become a Christian bishop or a monastery's abbot and thus be imbued with heaven's permission to lie, cheat, and steal your way to luxury.

You can read about half the damn book on this google book link:

The Burning Land


Anonymous said...

I have not read any of these books yet.

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