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I have read The Fort and loved it.  I have the Winter King on my tablet to be read but haven't had the time; unfortunately with five children ages 6-17 and my college studies, my time is limited to read right now.  I started watching The Last Kingdom and binged watch the entire series.  I cannot wait to devour the books.  They have been ordered and are due to arrive this week.  I am certain that I will find them even more enjoyable than the series.  I am taking a break from school right now and look forward to devouring many of your books during this well deserved break.  Thank you for writing such interesting characters and tales!

Michelle Subbert


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Bernard,

I have read the majority of your books, having just finished Warriors Of The Storm. You have entertained and educated me for the last 25-odd years (and I have helped keep clothes on your back!). I attribute Sharpe for influencing me to become a soldier and then officer in the British Army. You yourself have therefore had a strong influence on my life which has been enjoyable and interesting up to now, so thanks!

Sam.


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I absolutely love this series of tales. With an overload of Viking DNA and a long history of English ancestry, I am fascinated with these stories.

Thank you for all of the work you have put into these historic novels.

I have finished all but the last three in this series, and I look forward to losing myself in these warrior chronicles.

Janice Cady Forler


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Dear Mr Cornwell,

I've just finished re-reading the Warlord Chronicles and have been no less moved by the ending a second time around. Thanks for writing such great books!

Did Merlin really teach Nimue what he understood to be magic, or just his tricks? Did he know he was a charlatan, deep down? I think so, and that is what stayed his hand at Maiden Castle. He knew the son of Arthur wasn't worth a conjuring trick. He knew the gods wouldn't arrive. How to use the weather as an omen. As she kills Merlin, she points to the west with his staff - just as Merlin had instructed (taught) Derfel to do when they were besieged on Anglesey.

All that said, though, I really want to believe in Merlins last enchantment, and I tell myself that I do - I choose to believe that Prydwan did sail for Avalon, and that Arthur survived his wounds. I shun reason, which would say that the mist was yet another coincidence, and that the boat most probably sank somewhere in the channel, taking all on board with it.

It seems to me that while the Britons were awaiting the arrival of the Gods, they were ignoring the fact that a pantheon of powerful gods HAD arrived in Britain. Not Christ or Isis, Beltain or Mithras - But Arthur and Derfel, Galahad and Sagramor, Lancelot and Guinevere. All were variously as powerful, influential, capricious and flawed as any pantheon. Arthur certainly has many messianic qualities, and Derfel is as just and true as any God or hero in mythology. Indeed, I don't believe he ever broke a single oath, except of course his oath to Nimue - which I don't think he couldn't rightly keep any longer.

Derfel kept his oath to serve Samsun until his dying day; I think it would be fitting if his final duty - to guard the monastery at Dinnewrac against the Saxons or other intruders, bearing Hywelbane one last time - was how he achieved sainthood. This would be ahistorical of course, as the 'real' Saint Defel supposedly died of natural causes.

Anyway, I found a copy of Harlequin the other day so I think I'll give that series a go! I have no doubt I'll enjoy it as much as your other work.

James


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hallo Mr. Cornwell.

Thanks for the Saxon chronicles, my favorites. I have a comment- I feel that your first books have a better grip on Uthred, his feelings, thinkings, his compassion. I wish you the heart, the endurance and the youth of a Warrior, adding to your capabilities of an autor as to infuse more of your very heartblood in your coming Uthred novel. Pleases forgive me writing so as well as my inadequate use of the english language.

Jean Edelstein, a german orthopedic doc.

 


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Mr Cornwell,

I want to thank you for The Saxon Stories. As an American with an English last name, I've always wondered what the world must have been like for my ancient ancestors in Britain  These stories are eye-opening, and awe inspiring. I like to imagine my ancestors in the 9th century fighting in a shield wall next to Uhtred.. These are some of the best books I've ever read, and could simply not put them down. I just finished Warriors of the Storm, and dread the long wait till the next chapter begins!

Darryl Mears


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I just returned from a trip to my local public library, seeking entertainment to get me through the bleak weather of February . I didn't realize until I checked out that all three books I had chosen - with no forethought - were Bernard Cornwell novels - 1356, Warriors of the Storm, and Redcoat.

My reading tastes are very eclectic, but I lean mostly toward history - real and fictional. I was first introduced to the Saxon Tales eight years ago, and have since read 21 of your books. They give me great pleasure. Your writing rivals that of my other favorite author, Patrick O'Brian.

Please keep up the great work.

Regards,

Jack


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Hello!

Thank you for posting your advice on how to write a book.  I'm a huge fan of historical fiction ... especially anything to do with the Plantagenets.  The first book of yours I read was Agincourt - you really brought that campaign to life.  Of course, I'm a big SKP fan as well.  When I met her, she recommended your Saxon series and I've been thoroughly enjoying Uhtred's irreverence and escapades ever since.  In my teens, I wanted to be a writer but my career took me in another direction although all my jobs required a great deal of writing - just not fiction.  So, after some encouragement from SKP, I'm starting.  Hence, my thanks for your tips.  I think I'll take a page from your books, actually more than one, and try your dissecting exercise.  Certainly, no one hooks me faster into a book than you do!  Thank you so much for these tips!

Rosemary


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Dear Mr Cornwell.

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say how much I'm enjoying your Last Kingdom series, which i got into as a result of the BBC Two adaptation. I don't normally read historical novels. Crime and Gothic thrillers are more my thing. But your books have introduced me to a whole new genre. Thank you. I hope we will be seeing more of Uhtred of Beddanburg.

Martin Charlton


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Mr Cornwell

I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your books, I haven't gotten around to the Rebel or Sharpes series yet, but your trilogy on Arthur was amazing, as was your story of the Archer in various books, but I think my favorite has to be the Uhtred series of The Last Kingdom.  I have read all except the newest book and am waiting on it to arrive, every time I read one of your books I cant wait  to start on the next one, you have a true gift for storytelling.  I like the way you weave your stories around actual events and people.  I am disabled and not able to get out much anymore, but through your books  I  live a life of adventure, thank you for the joy your books bring to me and countless others, please keep doing what you do and I'll keep buying your books  !!!

Dale Schoolfield


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