Bernard Corwell – The Pale Horseman

The Pale Horseman, sequel to The Last Kingdom, sees Uhtred, who we are constantly reminded was born as a Saxon in Northumbria but was raised as a Dane, defying the peace that was negotiated between pious King Alfred and the Danish chieftain Guthrum.

Bernard Cornwell – Gallows Thief

Gallows Thief is historic crime novel set in Regency London. The main character is the jauntily named Rider Sandman, a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, who is looking into the guilt or innocence of a young painter imprisoned for the murder of the Countess of Avebury.