Winter King (Warlord Chronicles) (英語) マスマーケット – 2007/11/27
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Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.
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The reason why this book is wonderful is that the way Bernard Cornwell describes the gory fights and battles. It is very vivid. His description of the love between Arthur and Guinevere or Derfel and Ceinwyn is also impressive and romantic. Although I wish the author...続きを読む ›
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As always, Cornwell's fiction based-in-history is well researched and fast moving. And while the evidence of Arthur is inconclusive, his faithful depiction of Briton's warlords fighting each other, even while the dreaded Saxon's occupy the eastern half of the island, is fact. The ancient Pagan religion vies with the emerging Christianity for mind share of the populace, while Druids and Christian Priests intermingle with no love lost. It's been a couple of generations since the Roman's packed up and left, taking with them, it seems, any semblance of civilization, leaving the natives in awe of their knowledge. The once great Roman roads and cities have drifted into disrepair, and rival tribes raising armies and taxes to battle their brethren drain the land. In this war torn land, Cornwell's Arthur returns from service across the sea in Armorica (France). Arthur is not a king, but a noble and loyal leader sworn to protect the infant and crippled King Mordred, heir to the recently deceased Uther Pendragon, Briton's high king. While admittedly anachronisms, the author includes familiar figures from the legend: Merlin, Galahad, and Excalibur, but Lancelot is a cowardly fraud and Guinevere is a shallow and witchy seductress who inadvertently leads the courageous but naive Arthur into war that never should have been.
While it may take a few chapters to get into the swing of medieval people and place names, this is soon a rousing and bloody tale of politics and war told from the horror of hand-to-hand combat across a shield wall, of sorcerers, witches, priests, and wizards offering sacrifices, curses, and prayers to whichever Gods may be listening at the time. In short, a realistic first chapter in Cornwell's trilogy of a truly tragic hero and the legend that, nearly fifteen centuries later, continues to captivate and fascinate.
In The Winter King Arthur's not yet king. He has no knights and he's not yet fashioned a round table. Chaos reigns. The Romans are gone, Britannia has disintegrated into turf warfare and Celts, Picts, Anglos, Saxons and Danes are more gangsta than government. It is in this setting that one can imagine the yearning for security, calm and order. Knights of the Round Table are more wishful thinking than reality; Gawains and Percivals a projection of what you're looking for from the man in charge. The idea that an unfaithful wife can disrupt the natural order of society is Romance (and misogyny) in overdrive and has no place in this world. Cornwell makes us understand that legend and romance are born from a riotous reality and need for security.
Whether it's what you imagine, this telling of Arthurian legend is entirely plausible, very entertaining and well worth reading.
Best book that I have read in about two years. I would recommend the paperback as it has a really good middle ages map of England in the back of the Winter King. Wish it was in the front as I was through 60% of the book before I found it.
This was my first Cornwell novel, but I thought he was a great writer as well as a great storyteller.
Just finished this book and will start book two today.
Well written, informative, (get a map of England) and fun to read. I say get a map because not being born in England my knowledge does not stretch to OLD name places in the British Isles.