To celebrate the publication of The Pagan Lord, the new book from No.1 bestseller Bernard Cornwell, we’re offering fans the chance to win a weekend trip for two to The Gables, a stunning Victorian bed and breakfast that offers the space and tranquillity of a bygone age. The Gables is the perfect base to explore Northumberland, where much of Bernard’s epic new novel is set.
There’s more information on the competition below, so have a read of Bernard Cornwell’s blog piece and enter this fantastic competition for your chance to win!
During the years in which England came to be formed there was a family which bore the name of Uhtred and which ruled their lands from the fortress of Bebbanburg, a massive stronghold on the Northumbrian coast which is today called Bamburgh Castle. The Uhtreds became the kings of Bernicia, a kingdom that encompassed much of what is now north-eastern England and the lowlands of Scotland, but that kingdom had been subsumed into the much larger realm of Northumbria. The family survived over the centuries and kept its power at Bebbanburg, and indeed managed to preserve that fortress and its lands through the Viking invasion which displaced most of the Anglo-Saxon rulers on the north and east of Britain.
That survival fascinated me for a personal reason. A decade ago I discovered my biological father. His surname was Oughtred and I found that the family are direct descendants of the Uhtred clan. They have a genealogical table that stretches back to Ida the Flamebearer who, in the sixth century, was the man who captured Bebbanburg.
So the fictional story of the Warrior Chronicles, of which THE PAGAN LORD is the seventh, told against the much larger tale of the making of England, is how Uhtred inherits, loses and recaptures his ancestral stronghold, now Bamburgh, and still one of the most magical places.
So, to win a weekend stay for two at The Gables, the stunning country bed and breakfast in Berwick-upon-Tweed, you simply need to tell us in the comments section below…
What you enjoy most about Bernard’s novels!
Terms and Conditions
- This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB.
- This promotion is open to all UK residents, 18 and over, except employees of HarperCollins and The Gables Country Bed & Breakfast (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
- To enter, simply tell us in the comments section what you enjoy most about Bernard’s novels.
- Closing date for entries is 11pm on 14th October 2013. No entries received after this date will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Only one entry allowed per household.
- The prize, for two people, includes a two night weekend break at The Gables Country Bed & Breakfast, Berwick-upon-Tweed, with breakfast. The prize does not include transport to and from the hotel.
- The prize must be taken by 24th October 2014 and is subject to availability. Call 07854134296 as soon as possible in advance to organise your booking.
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