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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I would like to leave you a short message to say thank you for making the world (my world, anyway) a little more beautiful and interesting with your wonderful novels. My son, Tim (21) student archeology), is also a fan. We both enjoyed especially the Arthur stories, which I read several times over the years and it only got better everytime I read it. 'One' of the best books I ever read, and I read quite a lot.

 

I'm from the Netherlands and it's too bad that so many of your books are not translated in Dutch. But perhaps I should not wait and give the English language my best effort. There's a challenge!

 

Now I'm waiting (with impatience!) on the third novel about the Vikings and King Alfred. I'm so glad the first two books of this series were published in my country.

So, this is my humble but sincere 'thank you', wishing you all the best.

 

With kind regards,

Harald Beerens, Tilburg, The Netherlands

 


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Dear Mr Cornwell,

 

Having just read your "Writing advice" article, I wanted to send you my appreciation for taking the time to write it.  I'm currently writing my first manuscript and am getting consumed by research as the book involves information from many different time periods (Urban fantasy/adventure).  I found your column to not only be thoroughly informing but also gave me a chuckle to boot.  And have learnt not to get swallowed by the copious amounts of interesting, albeit fruitless information.

 

Thanks for your many wonderfully engaging books and for your time.

 

Sincerely,

Kazuya Wright.

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Best of luck to you!


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Hi Bernard.

 

I am a resident of New Zealand living in Waikanae on the North Island's south west coast, just north of Wellington where I work. My wife and I have recently become very engrossed in your books, particularly the "Grail Quest" series and "Azincourt", "Fort" and "1356". This period of history fascinates us both as does the period of the archer in British military history.

 

I remember when I was a youngster, my Mother taking me to see a movie about Agincourt. I exhibited an interest in the bow and in history before then so she may have been keen to see the two merge. She was right, for although I don't use the bow any more, I am fascinated by history.

 

One thing I like to do is to use the internet to find out more about the subjects you write about - the people, the battles, the locations and the time in history - and in which your characters live, love and do battle. It is fascinating and it builds on my own knowledge.

 

I really enjoy a novel built around historical fact but with enough latitude to make the characters and situations real and believable, as you write. Thank you. I look forward to reading many more of your historical novels in the future.

 

Peter Wells

Waikanae

New Zealand


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Dear Mr Cornwell,

Firstly, may I thank you for the Archer series. I had never read any of your books before but a friend urged me to read this series, I was so glad I did, they are some of my favourite books now and definitely the best written books I have read. I enjoyed them immensely. They were so good that I could neither put them down once started, not concentrate on anything else until I had finished them.  I will certainly start on your Warrior and Arthur books as soon as I have finished 1356 but may I please beg for another Hellequin story at some point, should you have the time?

Many thanks for such gripping, realistic and time transporting stories.

Merry Christmas,

Nikki


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Dear Mr. Cornwell -

For the past 2 months I have devoured your works.  Beginning with the Saxon tales, then the Arthur tales, and now I'm onto the Sharpe series.  I've never previously read anything in the genre of historical fiction and I'm afraid you've broken the mold.

 

I am already feeling saddened and a bit forlorn about the list of books you've written shrinking every time I finish another one.

 

I am a fairly equanimous person, being a meditator for 15 years, but your works have torn away what apparently is more of a surface calm.  I find myself at times fearfully needing to peek ahead a few pages to find out "what happens next."   My blood pressure has risen and I've not felt such burning rage in my own life as I've felt toward some of the more scurrilous figures in your books.

 

I feel as I've come to know your protagonists and feel a fondness for them.

 

My system is currently perfected:  I have your current book that I'm reading, the next one (still wrapped) waiting on my table and the third one on order through Amazon.  I repeat each week.

 

Thank you for giving me such immense pleasure through your amazingly wonderful writing.  My wife has gotten quite used to me lowering one of your books, looking up at her and saying, "My God, this guy is a good!"

 

Cheers,

David


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Mr Cornwell,

I just finished reading your book "The Archer's Tale" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love books like yours that mix true history with fictional characters like Thomas. I have a degree in history and, because of a recent trip to France (my first), I became interested in the Normans and the Plantagenets. Thus, a book like yours was a fortuitous find. I look forward the reading of the series

 

I also write with a point of historical accuracy (which you may or may not be interested in) that seems to be ignored in many accounts of the Battle of Crecy. As I have found, walking the battle fields of the American Revolutionary War and Civil War, or the beaches of the D-Day landings in Normandy, you never really understand the battle until you see the ground on which was fought. This was the same for Crecy

 

There is at Crecy, a huge and steep bank right in the middle of the valley floor that, as you looked across from the French position, you simply would not have been able to see. However, if you are interested (and to keep from having to travel the field yourself), you can Google the TV series "Weapons that Made Britain: The Longbow", and right at 32:00 minutes they discuss this unique topographical feature that affected the flow of the battle. In your book, you describe how the Prince of Wales battle was struck first. I would tell you that they were struck first because the French mounted knights had to move to their left which would have put them right in front of the Prince's battle as they came out of this narrow gap created by this wall and the river Maye

 

Not that any of this small point affected the level of my enjoyment. I merely point it out as a point of interest to someone who may be interested and I hope that you take it in that spirit

 

Again, thank you for the wonderful book

 

Respectful,

Dan Beins

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I take it in that spirit, and yes, I did walk the battlefield. Interestingly there’s a current theory that the site is wrong, and the battle was actually fought a mile or so away. I must say the arguments are very persuasive, but I’m waiting for publication before I revisit and decide for myself.

 


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Again, the question rears its ugly head  ...  When will Starbuck return?

 

The year 2015 would seem appropriate.

 

If,( and I certainly hope not) it is to  be the final chapter in the series, he would be at the signing at the courthouse. , however, there was a great number of battlefields not yet covered,so hopefully he will continue his adventures, settle some old scores and meet some more significant persons.

 

At any rate, Thank you for all that  you do.   I remain, anxiously awaiting...

JB Smith.


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sir,

I've never read one of your books,I didn't thoroughly enjoy. I consider them all masterworks,but at the same timev I realize that along with a vivid imagination that all good story tellers have,the amount of research you do boggles the mind. Thankyou for your art.

Jim Beason


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Mr Cornwell

I would like to start by saying im a huge fan of your work. I have just finished the pagan Lord and count your Saxon series as one of my prized collections. I always read the newest one then proceed to re read the entire series. With that said i cannot wait to read the empty throne. Only regret is that i'll have to wait untill January when it comes out in the US. Thank you for many hours of entertainment

Nathan Perry

 


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Dear Bernard,

Yes - please, please visit Vancouver again. You have many fans here. I attended my first Author Question and Answer / Book Signing event at a local Chapters as part of the Surrey Writers International Conference (w'Diana Gabaldon & Jack Whyte amongst others) and introduced a complete stranger to the Uhtred stories. She was hooked after the first page. Another new fan for you.

Best Regards,

Martin.


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