Ooo. . . I've been looking at The Last Kingdom. How is it?
Lawrence: Well, it is like most of Cornwell's other books: well-researched, well-written, adventurous, and exciting. I really enjoy his subjects, characters, and style. He's apparently not a Christian so the Secularist crass-factor in his books tends to be higher than what I think is necessary and the Modernist worldview tends to be more than a little confused--and at times even anachronistic. But, I get the feeling that it's almost as if he's like George Eliot was in Silas Marner: wanting the Gospel to be true, but not quite able to believe it because of the all too evident flaws in the Church.
Thanks. I think I will pick it up. I've read a couple of his other works.
Dr. G, while it might be a month late, you should pick up "Magi," a Christmas novel by Daniel Gilbert (my cousin). With your background in Middle East studies, you'll appreciate his research. The book did hit Amazon UK's top seller list during the holidays.
I have read the Last Kingdom and I enjoyed it. I will agree with Dr. Grant that Cornwell sees the Gospel to be true but those entrusted with the Gospel are false. I will say that Alfred gets a fair treatment by Cornwell.
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