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The Winter King

Book 1, Warlord Chronicles - A Novel of Arthur

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It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur.

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 14, 1997 – In a starred review PW called this Camelot rewrite an "exemplary kickoff to" Cornwell's trilogy The Warlord Chronicles.

Customer Reviews


Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicle series presents the most compelling and believable Arthurian saga ever written. He brilliantly captures the intrigue of the era, the vacuum created by withdrawal of Roman forces from Britain: competing kingdoms and warlords, the Saxon invasion, the reluctant wane of mystical Druidism and other old religions, and ascendancy of an often fanatical splinter of Christianity. In this perfect storm of chaos, Cornwell develops each of the Arthurian characters so fully that you are literally transported alongside them to share their struggles, challenges, woes and wonders.

Matt Blackburn

I have to be honest I've owned all 3 books for several years. These are the only books I've read multiple times. I just finished my fifth time reading them. I love this trilogy my favorite book series, even over GoT. I get so into this story and it feels so believable. This is now what I think of as the story of King Arthur. Explainable magic and old world superstition mixed with a new and growing christian community is perfect even in today's world.

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The Winter King
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Apr 15, 1997
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Warlord Chronicles
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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