Wow! The opening chapter of "Death of Kings" really brought back some memories.
Whilst studying for A level geography in the sixties I chose to undertake a field study project to locate and map holy wells within a few miles of my home town Bletchley, Bucks. My Grandfather had told me about the spring at Buckingham and this was my starting point. St Rumbold/Rumwald/Rumbald - who could be sure? Not only that - locals suggested 3 different sites for the spring! Within my local area I also studied St Vincent's and St Garrick's wells near Stony Stratford, St John's at Old Bletchley and Holy Wells at Stantonbury, Ravenstone, Olney and Cranfield. The early Christian Church in the area really seems to have the "miracle spring" market sewn up!
I am grateful for yet more evidence of your painstaking historical detail.
Dear Mr Cornwell,
I just wanted to express my extreme gratitude to you for you excellent books. My father and I both enjoy them so very much! From Sharpe to Uhtred, your characters and descriptive writings transport us back to the times of our ancestors. In a world of technological gizmos, your stories have reignited in me a love of reading books again, as well as a new-found interest in history. I look forward to your next works, as well as your suggested books from other writers. Thank you Mr Cornwell.
Joel (and my father Bazza) from Australia
I would just like to say thank you I have only ever read one book in my life at school this was until I picked up a sharpe book just to past the time one day and since then I have not been able to stop I since read ever sharpe book and now just finishing the Starbucks's ones I just wanted to thank you as if it was not for your wonderful books I would have never of bothered to read a book and experience my mind being tangled up in the pages of a great book
. I bought Waterloo about four months ago with the intent of reading it over the five days (June 14-19, 2017) which I just accomplished. I have over the past 30 years read most of your books. It was a joy to read a nonfiction history by you. The book read like a novel and as an avid reader of history I found "Waterloo" one of best I have ever read. And the telling made clear much of the battle that other accounts fail to do. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoy "The Last Kingdom" both books and the TV series. Looking forward to your future endeavors. All the best and may you live much longer than myself.
I'm a big fan of all of Bernard's books.
Just as a matter of interest: Lord Cochrane is one of five names on my house deeds when the land was first bought in 1811. The others are Thomas's brother Archibald and his wife to be Hannah Jayne Mowbray plus her father Arthur Mowbray and a John Mowbray who I cannot identify. Arthur Mowbray was a banker who got involved in purchasing land. I live in a small village near Durham City in England which had a lot of coal mines in the 19th century and I know that the 14 houses in my area were part of the purchase. The land changed hands for the next century till houses were finally built on it in the 1920's when it was bought by the cooperative movement to house their heads of department. Right up to the 20th century there was a Cochrane involved in ownership of this land and most of them were high up in the navy or army. Could this have been bought by prize money I ask myself? They may have bought other land in the area but my deeds only cover this particular acre.
Just on a personal note many thanks for your novels which I enjoy, only wish that I had this history education when I was at school many years ago!
Cochrane certainly earned a fortune in prize money, though his financial career was somewhat chequered! 1811? I suspect, but don’t know, that yes, it was prize money!
I have just made my third? fourth? visit to The Fort. The ending doesn't change, of course, but I continue to respect for Wadsworth his devotion and unremarkable level of competence, while holding Revere and Lovell to account for their myriad failings. What I would really like to do is share a jar of claret with McLean. What a conversation that would be! So, I"ll leave them on the shelf for a year or two and look forward to visiting them again. A tip: watch out for that John Moore fellow. I hear he's going places.
Really enjoyed this book.I am a Direct Descendent 33 Generations of Uchtred a Saxon Thane who fought in the Battle of Hastings and retained his Title and Lands.
This was confirmed by our Family Genealogist Richard Lee Bradshaw.
Thank you again for a Great read!
Robert Dennis Bradshaw
on looking through your biography, I noticed that your mother had been a member of the WAAF. My late mother was a Captain in the South African WAAF (and a pilot), and my father was a Spitfire pilot in the Western Desert, and Italy.My mother had just been promoted, and was about to be transferred to Cairo, when she found out she was pregnant with me, and I was born in 1942, for which I was most gratefull, but sorry that I messed up her war effort. In closing, I am a military history nut, with emphases on the Peninsula Campaign. Therefore great Sharpe fan, as well as Starbuck books.
Your books are awesome. Remember me from my grandfather dead and make me feel so happy, with the moments we had together