I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your books, I just received The Empty Throne for Christmas after Jan 7th of course and finished it in mostly one evening.
I could never get into Sharpe but love the Arthur, Saxon, and Grail Quest books..
I hope you will do more books about Thomas and Uhtred (and or Uhtred's children) I look forward to every new book.
Kate Adams Gulf Shores, AL
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your incredible talent that you've shared with the world.
I was finishing another of yours tonight--"The Pale Horseman," and that familiar rush of despair at reaching the end of your novels, braided with the hope of the sequel, fell upon me.
You don't know me, and we'll almost certainly never cross paths, but I realized recently that your stories have defined a large portion of my young life. When my parents split, Sharpe's Rifles was a wonderful, adventurous escape. I read Sharpe's Tiger by chem-light glow after late combat patrols in Afghanistan. When my son was born, he insisted on being held to go to sleep, so I would sit with him asleep on my chest reading The Archer's Tale into the deepest corners of the night.
I left the enlisted business, and I am currently a literature major at the University of Montana, preparing for commissioning into the U.S. Army (there's a combination!) and (inept as I am to properly describe it) in my limited combat experience before college, I feel that your novels alone capture the complexity, chaos, violence, terror, and wonder of warfare. Your ability to weave the thread of humanity into the senseless mist of warfare is something very stirring to me, and your narrations have been a constant friend in my life. I deeply appreciate how clearly you convey that there should only be one agenda: that of telling the story. You make everyone want to be a novelist.
I wish you all the happiness in the world, and I am eagerly anticipating my return home from the library tomorrow with a copy of The Lords of the North.
Missoula, Montana, USA
Thank you for those kind words.
I am writing you to thank you for creating Richard Sharpe. Your books (and soft pretzels with mustard) carried me through a year of life altering chemotherapy. This past weekend, I had the bucket list experience of actually holding an authentic Baker rifle, model correct for 1812, as well as an authentic powder horn for the Baker rifle. Numerous reenactors from the UK participated in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. I zeroed in on the green uniforms and that was all she wrote.
I’m certain it was the pretzels and the mustard! But I’d be delighted if Sharpe helped as well! And I hope all is wonderfully well! I wish I could have been at New Orleans, but alas, I’m pinned to my desk!
Just finished The Empty Throne - glad to have Uhtred back again. He is like an old friend not seen for a while but things pick up like he was never gone. Great tale, as usual. Like his son becoming more of the story, but hope the "old man" keeps on for a while. Once again learned a lot of the history along with political comments that could be applied to many of our current struggles. However, what might be the most important item learned was…don't call Gerbruht "fat".
Please keep the stories coming.
I just wanted to say thank you tour books are amazing. I grew up watching sharpe as a child then read the books as a 12 year old and they opened my eyes to books and the history of British war is a strong love of mine( my life in fact). The Warrior Chronicles I have just finished reading and I couldn't put it down, done all 8 books in under a month( my boss was not impressed) I know they were a terrible time but your books transport me there and I never want to leave. I hope this finds you well and hope you continue to bring the past to life for me.
One of your die hard fans
I have just finished and enjoyed reading "Waterloo", and I thought you might like reading my book "Assegais, Drums and Dragoons" (2012) which is about the 1806 Battle of Blaauwberg, the culmination of Britain's second invasion of the Cape of Good Hope, a short, sharp encounter which radically changed the history of Southern and Central Africa. This seems to be the only episode in the Napoleonic Wars which has not been thoroughly ploughed over, and was the only classic linear European-style battle ever fought south of the Sahara. It is available in printed or e-book form (Googling will provide the details). This is not a solicitation of any kind - I have enjoyed your writings, know of your interest in the Napoleomic era and thought you might enjoy this one - if not necessarily the style but the content..
Thank you! I’ll read it with great interest and pleasure!
You have given me so much pleasure reading your novels on Uhtred. I am hoping that his journey continues in many more novels. He is the sort of man any woman would love to have as his companion. I have read all of your historical novels, apart from the Sharpe series. This is because my passion is in early English history. I am a novice archaeologist and whenever I dig, I hope to find something from the Saxon era. Thank you for giving me knowledge and pleasure.
I love the books and read them all avidly. Often multiple times. At the moment, I have started Winter King. I have yet to catch a misspelling, so your editor is doing great with respect to spelling. However, someone needs to look at botanical details. It's late summer early in the book and there are poppies in the field. Poppies are among the first spring flowers. At least in Texas. And then later, Arthur meets Guinevere at "pool made by a beaver dammed stream." Beavers are a North American animal, no?
But as I said you tell a great story, and more and more I'm keying in to your descriptions of the church and competing faiths. As a recovered Catholic, I can only dream what might have been without Christianity.
Keep up the great work and should you come for a book signing to Austin, I hope to meet you in person.
Dear Mr Cornwell,
I am not a typical reader of yours because as a rule I don't read historical fiction, although I have a great passion for history (as well as accuracy, of which more anon). As far as fiction is concerned, I tend to prefer fantasy, albeit something grounded in history and legend, which is why I was drawn to your Arthurian trilogy. While there will probably never be a definitive account of the historical Arthur and his role - if any - in the British resistance to the Saxon incursions, your version is as probable as any, and, more to the point, makes a very compelling story. What I found really impressive about these books though, was the depiction of religion, inasmuch as, although, to the best of my knowledge, completely invented, it just seemed completely credible. My limited understanding of these matters suggests that druids were no longer around at this period, or at any rate not prominent in the way they are in the books, and I have never heard of the gods mentioned, but the presence of Druids, and Derfel's references to the gods, and the songs sung about them, particularly before battle, brought the milieu to life and actually made me wish it was all true. I particularly enjoyed the curses, which I imagine you had a great deal of fun thinking up! Your inclusion of Merlin - a conceivably historical figure, but probably not a contemporary of Arthur - was justified by the very subtle and credible depiction of magic, which allowed the reader to understand at least why these characters believed in it, without presenting it as objectively real. The balance between gritty reality of life and battle on the one hand, and the mysterious entities who govern all on the other, was precisely what I seek in an imagined world.
Oh yes, my point about accuracy. As I mentioned, I am deeply interested in history, and particularly military history, with the Napoleonic Wars being a favourite period. (In spite of which, for reasons broadly alluded to above, I have not read any of the Sharpe novels!) I will certainly read your book on Waterloo, which I happened to notice for the first time today. On reading the foreword, however, I noticed a small error in your explanation of military organisation. You state that French infantry battalions had eight companies. In fact by this time they had six. They never had eight, but until 1808 there were nine. As you say, it's a minefield. (Not invented until some time later, but a problem for any writer, however meticulous his research).
Thank you! We will have that corrected for future editions.
I just received my copy of The Empty Throne. I is the 50th book of yours I've purchased and I'm looking forward to the next 50. Thanks for all the good stories.