SWORD SONG by Bernard Cornwell

have to start on this series

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

Sword_Song_coverHalf a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:

Oh, wait. Wrong war. The Charge of the Light Brigade was written to memorialize a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine) in the Crimean War. Had nothing to do with the Danes and the Saxons and the Britons. But disheartening to see how all the battles and wars seem the same. Bloody, and often pointless.

But, back to ninth century England.  The fourth in the Saxon Warriors chronicles has our hero, Lord Uhtred, sworn still to King Alfred, He is in charge of building and maintaining one of the many burhs that dotted the landscape of King Alfred’s territory.  A burh is an Old English name for a fortified dwelling place belonging to a king or noble.    Alfred the…

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