By Bernard Cornwell
It takes a amazing author to make an previous tale as clean and compelling because the first time we heard it. With The wintry weather King, the 1st quantity of his amazing Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell eventually turns to the tale he used to be born to put in writing: the mythic saga of King Arthur.The story starts in darkish Age Britain, a land the place Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, the place a child-king sits unprotected at the throne, the place faith vies with magic for the souls of the folks. it's to this determined land that Arthur returns, a guy right away completely human and really heroic: a guy of honor, loyalty, and outstanding valor; a guy who loves Guinevere extra passionately than he may still; a guy whose lifestyles is instantly tragic and effective. As Arthur fights to maintain a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric global, Bernard Cornwell makes a well-recognized story right into a legend yet again.
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Bishop Sansum, whom God must bless above all the saints living and dead, says these memories should be cast into the bottomless pit with all the other filth of fallen mankind, for these are the tales of the last days before the great darkness descended on the light of our Lord Jesus Christ. These are the tales of the land we call Lloegyr, which means the Lost Lands, the country that was once ours but which our enemies now call England. These are the tales of Arthur, the Warlord, the King that Never Was, the Enemy of God and, may the living Christ and Bishop Sansum forgive me, the best man I ever knew.
Then I dropped to the floor and hid behind the wicker chests that held the feasting cloths. One of Norwenna's slaves saw my arrival, and probably some of Gundleus's men did too, but no one cared enough to eject me. Norwenna was sitting on a wooden chair in the hall's centre. The widowed Princess was no beauty: her face was moon round with small piggish eyes and a thin, sour-lipped mouth and skin that had been pocked by some childhood disease, but none of that mattered. Great men do not marry princesses for their looks, but for the power they bring in their dowries.
And I turned and started back up the hill while around me a pack of Merlin's orphans scrambled through the snow. They were carrying kitchen pots which they clashed together as they ran, though when the slope grew too steep and treacherous they were forced to hurl the pots on ahead and scramble up behind. Morgan followed more slowly, attended by her slave Sebile who carried the necessary charms and herbs. " Morgan called up to me. ” I shouted breathlessly as I scrambled through the gateway.