Caroline Bancroft (1900-1985) is a third generation Coloradan who began her literary career by joining the staff of The Denver Post in 1928, editing a book page and writing historical features for the Sunday edition. On a travel assignment for the New York Evening Post, she interviewed a long list of celebrated authors in New York, London, Paris, Holland and India. Her articles have appeared in many nationally known magazines. Having inherited her interest in western history from her father and grandfather, Bancroft carried on the family tradition through her own literature and, holding a Master of Arts degree, teaching Colorado history at Randell School in Denver.. She is the author of numerous books, including the Historic Central City, Denver’s Lively Past, Famous Aspen and Colorful Colorado.
This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.
The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.
This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.