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Hi Bernard,

Hope things are going well for you and the next Uhtred book progressing steadily. In response to Cody's 'question' regarding sexual diversity (not sure if I'm keen on the word 'deviant' as this was coined by those who often misunderstood or didn't tolerate LGBT rights), I'd also mention the Ancient Greeks for completely understanding sexual orientation; bisexuality was far more widespread and tolerated than today's society. And the Greeks verged on the genius when it came to military, philosophical, and architectural matters. Even the Romans - after defeating their phalanx tactics - gave a grudging nod to their civilization's legacy. On to gender identity, I'm also wondering if Cody was referring to how some women are more masculine and favoured the Amazonian warrior's life as opposed to the gentile ladies in waiting. Is that gender identity or simply preferences of a different kind? A kind of tom-boy approach. And then you have some men who enjoy wearing ladies clothing, often because of a fascination or comfort factor, including famous people such as Eddie Izzard or the director Ed Wood. Men applying make up appeared during the 80's New Romance pop scene, but while Boy George is gay, and David Bowie was bisexual, many others who adopted this style were (at least to a large extent) heterosexual. The Sexual and Gender Diversity range is truly a confusing one to those who choose to remain in ignorance. It's also a fluid one where gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual people find themselves questioning where they stand in their orientation. I often say it's not what you are, it's who you are. Many people - whatever their orientation - dislike labelling themselves. While some nobly go out on a crusade to raise LGBT awareness, others are quietly content with their sexual and gender preferences. As Alfie once said: 'if you haven't go peace of mind, you've got nothing'. Sound advice for those coming to terms with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, either young or old.

Robert Douglas


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I’m sure this is a little bit sad but Uhtred has been with me every day since November! I started to read whilst on holiday in Tenerife and I’ve just finished book 11. I’m missing his company. Please write a very long story next time!

I enjoy the female roles. I’m trying to think which one I’d have liked best. Brida sounded fun but turned bitter. Ethelflaed became pious. Stiorra died too soon. I think Hilde is my favourite although Mus needs more story.

Isn’t it strange how these fictional and long gone (if they were real) people can be so influential and interesting.

Sue


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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I'm reading 1356... finally picked it off the bookshelf. My husband read, and enjoyed your books years ago. I never have...yet... And this is the first time, in a long time, that I've read something and wished I could be there. In the story. I love the history, the characters, and especially the Humour!!! I have visited Carcassonne... so immediately I was there, too, smelling the dust and cassoulet! :) Just want to express my appreciation as I get ready for my favourite part of the day—diving in to your book! I see you live part time on Cape Cod... perhaps we can enjoy a Guinness (or tea) there one of these days. Toasting you, your health and happiness...

Anna Zumwalt



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Mr Cornwell,

I'm sure you get a fair few of these every week, but I wanted to take the time to let you know how much of an impact you had on me. I spent my formative years reading your Sharpe novels and chose my degree based on the love of history it kindled within me.

I wish you and your family all the best, and I look forward to reading your next work.

Kind regards,

Charlie


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I have spent a lot of time with Uhtred, Thomas Hookton and Arthur among many other of your friends.  I have just left Richard Shakespeare and want to tell you thank you!  Your books have enriched my life and the language of Fools and Mortals is stunning.  You have a gift and I appreciate your sharing it with all of us.

David Kerber


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Your novels provide me intense pleasure. Live forever and write more books.

Tom Hudson


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Thank you for all the treasures you have written.  I prefer Historical Fiction to Non-Fiction as it gives life to the events of history.  My wife and I are well traveled, so that your tales come vividly to us.  We scooted around the area where Agincourt had to be, but believe the French did not celebrate the moment and kept its location obscure.

My wife's family includes an Estate Auctioneer in East Dennis...So we keep an eye out to say hello when back there for a visit.

Again, thank you for your work.  I just picked up book 4 of the Starbuck Chronicles.  I was brought up on an Illinois farm; had a great uncle running a Georgia Plantation in Thomasville; graduated from UNC, Chapel Hill; and related strongly to Nate.  Thanks.

Stewart Tittle


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I enjoyed your Sharpe series, my favourite was Sharpe’s Trafalgar. BUT, having now read The Warrior Chronicles, by far my favourite is “The Pagan Lord”. Generally it takes me a week to read your books, I have not been able to put this episode down.

Your/my next books are here at my side,ready to read.

It says on the cover that these were your favourites to write.

It looks like I shall have to have a holiday to read the next 3 volumes.

Looking forward to the next 3, Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur. Can’t quite fit a holiday in just now, so I will have to wait.

Well done.

John Hopkins


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Hi Mr Cornwell

I'm thrilled to hear you are writing the next book in the Last Kingdom Series, following on from War of the Wolf.  I can't wait to read it, the series is fabulous - the characters are endearing, the action thrilling and the descriptions of the battles make it easy to imagine just how hard they were, how the weapons were used and the importance of strategy !! You bring to life history and all the exhibits in the museums....

Love the series and awaiting the next installment. Thank you for all your wonderful books.

Judith