Don't get me wrong - I really liked this book. But there was one question that bothered me the whole time: in the end, why does Uhtred decide to betray the Danes and join King Alfred? He always expressed his love for the Danes and their lifestyle, even adopting their religion. Almost all his friends were Danes, and by joining Alfred, he turns his back on everything he had come to love among the Danes. Plus, Uhtred does not fit into Alfred's world: that of priests, fervent prayer, and peace. It could not have been patriotism that made him join Wessex - his father had always scorned Wessex and the Danes had taught Uhtred how sickly the West Saxons were. The only reason really given in the book is a rather vague sentence: fate is inexorable. Uhtred has several chances to change his own fate and that of Britain, but he always seems to assume that his fate is in Wessex. I do not think that this is how a real person (especially one like Uhtred) would act, but what are your thoughts on this issue?
i supsect seen as though he is a saxon and its mainly about how alfred and wessex managed to defeat the danes he had to get him over to the saxons side it like tsay i have a love for the welsh but i would never choose them over england ever (i dont realy like the welsh that was just an example ) :)