He has given her no warning; she is too surprised to resist the intruder who thrusts himself upon her. Words heavy as clubs thud into the delicate whorl of her ear.
He carries her to the bedroom, brushes off the absurd slippers, kisses her feet, astonished by the feeling she evokes. Something to do with the apparition on the stage: the wig, the wiggling bottom, the crude talk. Strange love! Yet from the quiver of Aphrodite, goddess of the foaming waves, no doubt about that. She does not resist. All she does is avert herself: avert her lips, avert her eyes. She lets him lay her out on the bed and undress her: she even helps him, raising her arms and then her hips.
And I look forward to the next book! It was nice to see Uhtred looking over Foulness about a years before Richard Sharpe did. Regarding Sharpe, following my latest re reading of the series, I seriously cannot imagine, after being given Prince of Wales by Wellington at Waterloo, that Sharpe would just run off back to Lucille in Normandy and desert them. Your imagination is quite right! Firstly, sword of Kings is fantastic, and I cant wait to see where Uhtred goes next.
The 8 year old me would have been incredibly excited to see Cheshunt featured in one of your books as was the 36 year old version! My question is why Cheshunt? Based on previous answers to similar questions I imagine it was a random choice, but I thought I would check!
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Not really random. I usually visit the places that are in the books, but confess I chose Cheshunt after hunting through maps and working out who would be where and when. And, of course, to please you! Uhtred is getting older and there are signs that he is starting to doubt himself and worry that he isn't the man he was I know the feeling.
Was it your intention to portray him that way, it certainly gives him another dimension? I hope so. I have recently finished "Sword of kings" and just one question, will we - i. Uhtred - ever meet his older son again or at least find out what happened to him? Did he find about the recent tragic events in the family? I really enjoy the Uhtred series but the last book confused me. In a previous book the elderly Uhtred said that Stiorra became the mother of kings. The historical Sigtryggr was the father of kings yet we are told in "Sword of Kings" that his only offspring died as small children.
Was that a mistake? Did the children actually die? I was thinking about something about the Last Kingdom series that i'd like to ask you. In Warriors of the Storm we finally after a long absence see a returned Brida. She had previously been furious with Uhtred when he left Ragnar and had stayed there in Dunholm in the north, where it seemed inevitable that she would play a part in the story. Her relationship to Uhtred and her character itself had so much dramatic, emotional potential I cannot stopped feeling disappointed that she came back as mad witch who does horrible things, showing no sympathetic features whatsoever unlike many of the norse antagonists or say Nimue.
I was just wandering if you could say why did you brought her back like this? I rather think she decided to go that way! Characters do seem to dictate their fate — and she was so passionately against the Alfredian vision of England that she turned sour. Thank you once again for Uhtred's latest adventure. It seems a long time since the last one. Can we also look forward to one more Uhtred battle? I am writing the next book of Uhtred's tale now. And, I hear they have wrapped up the filming for season 4 of the TV shows - but I haven't heard when it will be aired.
It has been really great meeting up with Uhtred again but I am worried about him and his state of mind. This seems strange given that he last saw him when he was 9 and always seemed to recollect his father as distant, showing him little attention and even less affection. He has often affectionately referred to Ragnar as his father and found his fame whilst still calling himself Uhtred Ragnarson. Just finished Sword of Kings and as always loved it.
However there is one thing that has confused me. At the end of The Empty Throne, Uhtred writes "and I thought of the old prophecy that my daughter would be the mother of kings. And so it proved. What is going on????
I'm waiting from more more more time the last three books of Uhtred saga in Italian language. Thank you and compliment sorry for my English ,.
Me and my 10 year old son are absolutely fans of your books. We read it in Spanish version, me sometimes in English, we are specially fond of Uhtred! We have already read all the books of the Last Kingdom in spanish version at the same time, we always use Uhtred phrases that only me and he understand, the rest of my children and my husband do not understand our fanaticism. I always tell them they don't know what they are missing. Anyway, we wanted to know when the Spanish version of Uhtred's last two books, War of the Wolf and Sword of Kings, would be on sale and where Amazon?
Thank you so much for all your stories! We love it. Hug from Argentina. I'm a student from Italy and your books always helped me and my best friend to feel better in moments of stress and sadness. We read the stories of Uhtred because we love Vikings and Britain's history so you inspired us to write our own story on vikings.rejodhtina.tk
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Thank you very much. I have a question to you, how do you find inspiration? I am a huge admirer of your writing style and the way you consistently incorporate the themes of your novels into the story line of the series as a whole. When you sit down to start to tell a story, like Uhtred's. And as a follow up does the themes you wish to use have any weight in the historical era within which you choose to explore those themes?
Well I hope those themes carry weight in the original era I write about, and indeed they usually spring from research into those eras. I like stories to tell themselves to me as I write and inevitably ideas emerge — and equally often they surprise me! Are you planning to visit Bromborough? I understand that battle will feature in your last book in your Last Kingdom series. I have a little question about Uhtred Standard.
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I don't find any historic references about the wolf standard related to bamburg History. Did you chose it on your own, based on Uhtred proper story, or is there an historical reference about this choice? I chose it. They have to be recognisable! In Historical Note you said that this alliance will happen in the year that Cnut take English Crown. However, I saw that this family keep Bebbanburg until , with the Earl being only saxon in the Norman England. Uhtred's family keep the Bebbanburg until norman conquest?
All I know is that in the then Uhtred was lured to a meeting where he was ambushed by Earl Godwin at the behest of King Cnut and that, according to the stories I heard from my branch of the family, was the end! The true tale is told well in Bloodfeud , by Richard Fletcher. First, let me say that I love your books! I'm almost done with book 10, and look forward to moving on to all of your other books once I've caught up with Uhtred's latest exploits. Thank you for sharing your brilliant imagination with the rest of the world, it has opened a curiosity in me about my Anglo-Saxon heritage that I never knew I had.
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I do have a brief question for you, if you find the time to respond. Do you have a recommended resource for translating Modern English into Old English, and vice-versa? I learned well, tried to learn Old English when I was at college which is many years ago, but a little stuck — really not enough! Clark-Hall which was published at the beginning of the 19 th Century — but a good reprint is available. Pope and revised by R. Fulk very useful, and with those I struggle through.
But translating modern English into OE?? Oh good lord, no! I have to confess that my long retired Professor who taught me OE did send me a charming letter chiding me for getting a word wrong. Of course I blamed his teaching. Can you include Mildrith in your coming season 4 The Last Kingdom?