I've have always been a fan of the Sharpe series but until recently but not really read much of late. The Google Play store has changed that and whle looking for the next book to read I came across The Last Kingdom. I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this book, quarters of the way in and not wanting it to end really!! I was delighted to find out that this is part of a series of books which I can guarantee I will read all of!
I don't know what's coming in the other books in the series, I'll enjoy them all the more for it but I really wish these books could be made into a TV series, one that finally starts to bust the Norman myths about the Anglo-Saxons being a primitive race. What I enjoy most is the same thing that I enjoy about the Sharpe series, the attention to detail and the putting front and centre the day to day minutiae of the ordinary lives of the ordinary men. Understanding how advanced the Saxon Blacksmith was or the Danish shipbuilder is the key to truly realising that these were intelligent and ingenius people who could match their modern day counterparts in every department. As a lifelong amateur historian it's very rare that I find an author reach the levels of authenticity that you do so once again, congratulations on such a great job.
Hy Bernard :)
Hope you are doing great!
Just wanted you yo know I am very very grateful for your books. They are truly amazing and you've become one of my favorite authors for life otherwise you've created my favorite book's character Uhtred and favorite Arthur's story.
You are really respected here in Brazil and have a lot of fans. Hope you can come here someday! You will be very welcome.
A big hug.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I just wanted to thank you, i have read most of your books (i wish i could say all of, unfortunately not, maybe my next kindle purchase!) and there is honestly not a single one that I did not love. My favourite, although others might choose a Sharpe or Uhtred novel (both of which i love! Uhtreds latest adventure i was almost left crying for the next one!!!!) but my favourite is Agincourt, I've always loved that story, Something to do with bowmen, two fingers and frenchmen maybe?!
In any case, i'm sure you get plenty of questions and or "ideas" but i'll wait (patiently!) for the next story and leave the ideas up to you, it seems you've been doing pretty well so far!
It might seem like i'm rambling a bit, and I probably am, but it occurred to me that all the effort that you have put into the various stories over the years deserved a note of thanks, even if it did ramble on a bit!!!
Thank you so much and please, please, please keep up the awesome work!!
I have always liked your books, you put such details into them, earlier this year, I read one of the Sharpe books, loved it tried to read all of them , finding them in charity shops and libraries, sorry I have not brought outright, I enjoyed them all, the TV series with Sean Bean, when you read your words, it's Sean speaking them.
I have been doing family research for a few years, I came across a great ancestor from a news article on the Welsh Newspapers on line , a John Lloyd of Brynhope, he was given the name surgeon while fighting in the French wars, I can image him in one of your books.
Many thanks and kind regards
Thank you for making me proud to be English Mr. Cornwell and for making me appreciate our history. My Dad always spoke to me of medieval history but it took reading your book "Azincourt" to reawaken my interest a couple of years ago (after having lived in France for five years where they seem to see history through tri-coloured glasses as another author said). And I'm 66 now! Never too late! I've read all your medieval era books, twice over at least and the Arthurian books and Stonehenge almost dreading to get to the end of them because I knew I'd miss them. I've almost finished reading 'Agincourt' by Juliet Barker and have also developed a great interest in the well known Anglo-Saxon poems such as 'The Wanderer' which I find heart rending when spoken in that language ( You Tube of course!). A beautiful language which I would love to learn but doubt I'll get beyond a few phrases,' wyrd bith ful araed ' for example, of course! I'm so looking forward to reading the next
Chronicles and Saxon books. I know you ask not to be sent suggestions etc. for books, but I'd like to mention a legendary hero I remember my Dad telling me about so often when I was a child. Your touch would bring him back to life (I wish!) I'm sure. He lived in a very wet place in England and REALLY hated William the Bastard! Yes, that's the one! Thank you again for the hours of enjoyment your books have given me.
Sorry, I do rabbit on, but have to say I also love your Danes etc. and I'm really chuffed that Svein Asliefsson a.k.a. the Ultimate Viking may be one of my ancestors through Clan Gunn. Another really interesting historic figure. Books about Viking are good! Bye!
Hereward would be a great subject . . . . but do I have the time? I doubt it
Hi Mr. Cornwell-
I don't know if you follow the NFL, but Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is a fan of yours! I just read in the current issue of ESPN the magazine that he loves to read books, "especially Bernard Cornwell." Sounds like he should send you some tickets, haha. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you – I hadn’t seen that interview! And yes, I do follow the NFL!
I have just started reading Shape books, a bit late in life but I was put off by the TV series : for many years I have been visiting battle sites of the peninsular war and your writing, although not historically accurate, gives what seems to me a good description of what life for soldiers was like in those time.
I have just watched your address to students at Hartford and I think that you should enter politics: I have not heard such common sense coupled with humour for a long time. I also know that you do not want suggestions for books but a Life of Wellington would be apiece of cake for you.
Common sense in politics! A sure way to lose an election! But thank you, anyway!
I am 16 and I just started reading sharpe I have finished eagles and gold I have a big interest in the napoleonic wars and your books are very fun and exciting and I love how at the end of your novels you provide us with information about the fact and fiction of the story.
Garðar Breki Eiríksson
I'm glad to know you are enjoying the books!
Hi Bernard, I just wanted to let you know how much I love the Saxon Chronicles. I work outside as a window gutter and roof cleaner. Usually working alone for long stretches time through the worst weather. Listening to your books while has been the best thing. I get up and can't wait to get to my first job so, that I can start listening. The best times I've had at work were when the weather was absolutely terrible but, I was so caught up in Serpent Breath singing it's song of death that a hurricane could have blown through and I wouldn't have ever noticed. My brothers also listen to the Saxon chronicles inspiring much of our banter during games of Risk or other games.
Have a great day,
I just finished The Blood Ground after reading all four books back to back. Please don't leave us all hanging on that warm, sultry evening in September, 1862.
really enjoy your books and am reading the Bloody Ground. please give us some more starbuck or the civil war may remain unresolved. you're holding up history!
Sir, I really enjoyed the Starbuck series but you ABANDONED it leading up to my most studied and enthralling battle; Gettysburg. I promise to read the book if you write it....!