As someone who has bought every book and savored every sentence you have published, I always considered myself something of an authority on your work. However, I NEVER realized until today while perusing your website in detail that Sharpe' s Eagle was the first one in the series you wrote. Being a very linear thinker myself I assumed that the characters were developed that way, more or less. But you started in the middle and hopped merrily about in both directions! How on earth does one do that? That only deepens my appreciation of your incredible work, which I would never have believed possible until today. What always amazed me up until now was your ability to use different writing styles unique to each series, each incredible in their own right. Thus, the Sharpe books, the Arthur books, the Starbuck Chronicles, etc., each seem to be the brilliant work of different authors. I know of no other writer who has ever accomplished that. You're simply the best in the business for many distinct reasons. Thanks, and please keep the hits coming!
John Marshall Smith
I've enjoyed all of the Uhtred books, but chapter six of the Flame Bearer blew me away... Uhtred at his best! Great writing.
Dear Mr. Cornwell!
The first book I got was "Excalibur". I read it several times. Yesterday I finished reading "Stonehenge", I had tears in my eyes, because I did not want to part with the characters of this book.
You have an amazing skill to combine reality with fiction, to tell stories through the feelings and thoughts of people, to immerse in a reliable historical environment, filling famous events with the breath of life.
I like your thoughts and the way you express them.
Today started reading "The Last Kingdom". I have a presentiment of an exciting journey.
Sorry, my bad English.
I just want to thank you for creating such amazing works! I love your Last Kingdom novels and just ordered in Sword Song and The Burning Land. While waiting for these books to come in so I could continue on in the series I purchased The Winter King, I have to tell you it captured me just as much as the Last Kingdom series. You are truly gifted. Thank you for keeping me from doing such tedious tasks as housework and cooking, I know have dishes piled high and a stack of frozen pizza's in the freezer!
I have been going through the Saxon Tales (Last Kingdom) and have found them an interesting read. I saw where you mentioned that most English have no idea about how Englaland (England) came about. Such a shame as prior to the sixties the overwhelming majority of people in England were of Saxon descent (along with Danish, Frisian, Angles and Jutes). I quite agree with your portrayal of Alfred (though you sometinmes give him less credit then he deserves). The almost unthinking support of the church even in times of military crisis is incredible and if I may say foolish given the threats. That Alfred's remains wound up in what eventually became a prison and his remains scattered is also incredible (recently part of his bones were thought to be discovered). Interesting that you yourself only discovered the history of your family upon meeting your birth father...it shows how much of our history has been lost. You may disagree with me but I feel it is because of religion that our ancestry and culture has been tossed to the dust bin. The old relgion tied ancestry to the culture which has been thrown away. My mother's family is Saxon but ones that stayed on the continent so I have a knowledge of the culture and period you write of.
I have not been to Bamburg but have been to "Eoforwic" and "Beornice.". You don't mention Æthelfrith (Ida's grandson) who essentially created Northumbria. At times I think you tend to make the lefe and time a bit too crude (people in modern times are given to thinking of the people in the past as less intelligent and capable then themselves). The nobles especially tended to be less rude in their language and sress and mindfull of both in historical accounts. Also there were stone building crafted by the Anglo Saxons and a few have managed to survive. Unfortunately these were not exactly prized by the Normans and they were dismantled and used for other things by the less than repectful conquerers from Normandy.
Perhaps a little more attention could have been given to the Heathen beliefs of Uthred and the remnants of the Saxon believers in Forn Sidr.
John v. Ziechmann,
I certainly don’t think our ancestors were less intelligent than we are! But thank you for that message! I’m not sure that the nobles were less rude, though I’m sure some were! On the whole documents from the period tend not to contain demotic speech . . . but this was a warrior society, mired in conflict and rivalry. I imagine they could be rude beyond our wildest imagination! I hope so, anyway!
Half way through listening to the Grail Quest.....wish I could have been there to guide Thomas on what not to discard :-) This is of course a guess at this stage! On to Heretic!!!
Highly enjoyable so far!!
I am currently reading Warriors Of The Storm and notice in Chapter Nine p.223 your character Finan refers to Loch Cuan as "the clam lake."
I believe this may be a misnomer as Cuan has 3 different meanings in Gaeilge or the Irish tongue.
- Cuan = A haven; a harbour; a bay.
- Cuan = A troop; a multitude; a family. Which in this case does not count.
- Cuan = Deceit
The first and third would have a bearing on its meaning, going by your description of the cragginess of the inlet and of the three I would reckon that No.1 is the correct term for it is used widely in the topographical sense when describing harbours, bays and inlets all about the Beautiful Irish Coast.
Thank you for your time with the reading of this mail and I wish you continued good journeys within the never ending realms of creativity.
Clam lake? I don’t remember that . . . still, thank you!
I first read Sharpe's Rifles in Reader Digest and became taken by the series, then in 2011 I was going to the USA to meet with my daughter and saw a book in a shop at the airport The Lords of the North and read this on the plane, after that I had to find the earlier books and have now just finished The Flame Bearer and waiting for the next instalment. I hated history at school but am now very interested especially since reading about the development of England and seeing the signs of the Danes and the Vikings when we visited England and Ireland in 2013. Hope to get a chance to visit Bamburgh Castle when we next get to England.
Keep writing and God Bless.
My name is Patrick Heath and I am a Rifleman.
I am proud to call myself such and have served as a Rifleman overseas. I'm now part of a very specific Platoon.
Without my Father reading the Sharpe novels and then carrying on to us both watch the TV series together starring the ultimate, Sean Bean, I may have joined a Redcoat Regiment.
I thank you for the time and dedication you took to getting the 'Chosen Man' attitude right as it lives on well today, in the heart of every Rifleman.
A life long fan.
No, I don;t want t a book signed, and I don't want you to read any of my work, I have a cigar box full of rejection slips and I imagine I'll have more, but I did want to tell you how much I enjoy your works.
Some more than others it's true but all are very well done.
Thanks for the enjoyment.