Dear Mr Cornwell
I read my way avidly through The Last Kingdom and all the subsequent books about Uhtred, and fully believed I had read your very best. Then this winter I decided to 'read' (actually, listen to on Audible) your Arthurian trilogy. I have rarely been so taken up with a story as I was with these; I thoroughly enjoyed the re-telling of the story of Merlin, Arthur, Nimue and Guinevere, and loved the depth of detail with which you have brought each of the characters to life. Your depiction of a complex Arthur is the literary equivalent of an oil painting! And once again the portrayal of spiritual and religious life, and the agonising transition from the old ways to the new, was deeply fascinating and sympathetically told. And finally, your skill in building the emotional depth has been quite arresting. The beautiful and searingly sad episode of Tristan and Yseult, the murder of Derval's youngest daughter, the final farewell to the mortally wounded Arthur, and many more scenes were all deeply moving. To finish any book is to feel quite an emptiness, to finish these three is to feel lost! Thank you so much for all of this.
I am reading Graham Phillips' -Tomb of Arthur - ... my arrival at page 180 (plus), brought you to my mind .... There is true history being buried here. Thanks for your time.
Good Afternoon. I have just completed my family tree and have discovered that i am descended from King Alfred the Great through Matilda of Flanders wife of William the Conquerer. I have to say that this discovery has made me look at the times you write of through fresh eyes. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your stories and hope to read many many more. Having ancestry related to these events makes it all the more real.
Keep up the good work.
Hello Mr. Cornwell:
I am a retired U.S. History teacher, and have recently traced my ancestry to Alfred the Great. I ordered your book and it has been sitting in a pile for several months. I FINALLY am reading it, and I just want you to know that your writing style is just FABULOUS, and I have learned SO MUCH!!!
Thank you and best regards
from Julie in Olympia, WA
First I would like to say how much I enjoy your work. Although I have not started the Sharpe books, the Lord Uhtred and his exploits are easily the best stories I have ever read. It is my fervent hope that you are as relentless as the Danes and Norsemen and continue to bring us great stories of Uhtred. That being said. PLEASE consider finishing The Starbuck Chronicles! I recently discovered the series while looking through more of your work and I must say, I am in enthralled. I was through book two before I realized the series is unfinished. And like Captain Potter, I am in dire need of a stone jug full of new stories of Nate and the legion. I know you are doubtless busy and I just wanted to say thank you for your stories. From Uhtred to Starbuck and from Dervel to Hook. There is never a dull moment and I look forward to Sharpe books and anything else you have written and I have not found the time to read. Thanks again and continued success!
This thanks is long overdue! As someone who was put of history at school I want to thank you and Richard Sharpe for igniting my interest THANK YOU. I have now read most of your books and they are the standard by which other historical novels are judged. My family are always delighted when you write a new novel as that sorts my Christmas present every year.
Earlier this year an historian contacted me as the local vicar as he was developing his theory about where the battle of Brunanburh was fought, I thought you might be interested in his paper but as I can't send you the pdf here is the link to our website where you will find the doc - it's only short..
I would love it to be true, and like the thought of Uhtred walking [and fighting] in our parish. If we had met I hope he would of found me to be more Oda and less Ceolnoth!
Thank you for all your hard work, research and brilliant writing.
I’m hugely impressed by the document you sent me – and thank you! He’s very persuasive, but I have to tell you that archaeologists on the Wirral believe they’ve found artefacts which will confirm that the battle was fought on the Wirral – so far over two thousand items – broken swords, arrow-heads, spearheads. And there’s a stream called (today) the Umber. My own conviction is that the battle was fought more or less adjacent to Exit 4 of the M53 – where Clatterbridge Hospital now is. But no doubt the controversy will continue!
I just finished reading your book "Rebel" and think I can shed some light on why the Union Army was so inept and poorly armed at the beginning of the Civil War. While researching my mother's Curtis family from Philadelphia, I found a copy of a letter in the Philadelphia PA archives from the head of the Philadelphia Armory to Abraham Lincoln advising him that when he mobilized the Pennsylvania Minutemen and ordered them to go to Baltimore at the beginning of the war, they had to report for duty with their own 0ersonal weapons and whatever ammunition they would find because the (Traitorous Bastard) Secretary of War in the previous administration had ordered the contents of the Philadelphia Armory sent to Louisiana and then sold to the Governor of Louisiana. That Sec. of War was no other than Jefferson Davis. It stands to reason that if Jeff Davis sold the contents of the Philadelphia Armory to a Southern state he did the same with the contents of all the other armories in the North. This would explain why the North suffered greater casualties and lost so many battles at the beginning of the war, which Lincoln and history falsely blamed on inept Northern Generals. The only reason I can think of why this is not mentioned in our history books is because it would be next to impossible to keep Abe Lincoln up there on a pedestal, along side Jesus, if it were known that he was dumb enough to send his army into battle without arms and ammunition,
By the way...I enjoyed reading your book.
That’s a wonderful story – and clever Jeff Davis – though is there any evidence that he managed to ransack the armories of other states? And I doubt that historians have universally ignored a shortage of arms and ammunition, which doesn’t detract from your discovery, but it would be good to know what was sold from the Philadelphia Armory? The Union army at First Manassas wasn’t notably short of cannon – or indeed muskets. Both sides would scramble in the first months to amass weapons and, just as important, standardize them. I think you’ve opened a fascinating topic – and one that deserves attention, so thank you!
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
There are very few authors whose books I choose to re-read. I still enjoy getting engrossed in an Edgar Rice Burroughs epic or from the stories penned by the late science fiction writer Andre Norton. After retiring from a career as a history prof, I turned to reading historical fiction and your books have helped propel me into trying my hand at writing historical fiction. I've had three novels published by "indy" publishers, but have had little luck in finding an agent. Whenever agent hunting gets me down, I return to your Saxon novels for inspiration and to whet my appetite again for the hard game of writing. So, you are there with Burroughs and Norton, Robert E. Howard, and a few others. You are a treat.
Just a quick note of thanks for all the years of great reads. I've stayed up to date on post-Sharpe novels, just finished the Sharpe series... which means I believe I've read every book you've written. With great pleasure. Thank you, sir.
I hope this message finds you well. I would like to thank you firstly and offer some explanation as to why I’m contacting yourself. I grew up on Canvey Island and, whilst I enjoyed the usual pastimes with friends, I seemed to be one of a very few, if not the only one, interested in the history of where I lived. I had heard of the Battle of Benfleet but had no source or means (80’s/90’s) to find anything more than a leaflet in the local library. I would stare and wonder what myriad events had occurred along the rich seam of the area’s past. Often I would be at the point of the island (by the concrete barge which is no more) finding Roman pottery, dreaming of discovering a gold coin or something of cultural value. This distanced me from other children, who did not share my passion and curiosity. My early schooling was Christian based (as so many are) and I was also required to go to church one Sunday a month through the scouting organisation. The sermons, practices and readings amused me and I couldn’t understand why so many learned adults believed so fervently in the stories which were told by the minister or teachers. I sensed some teachers felt the same way. I sensed there was a truth long ago hidden behind the book.
As such, I find a connection with Uhtred and so much more.
Long since then, I have become an avid reader of your Warrior Chronicle series (Last Kingdom) and other novels. Although I take into account some detail must be fleshed by fiction, I also understand that the bones of the facts are there.
Thank you for providing me with the knowledge that I wasn’t the only person with a yearning for history and a healthy doubt of Christianity, and for your exhilarating novels. My deepest gratitude.