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Dear Bernhard Cornwell,

I just got a hold of your recent book on Waterloo. Reading, in your preface, how you found the complexity of the battle overwhelming when trying to write a fictional account, I thought you might find the following story somewhat amusing. Around 1830, Honoré de Balzac tried to write a two-volume novel that would take one single Napoleonic battle as its protagonist. As he puts it in his diary, he wants to describe absolutely everything. But for over two years he suffers from writer's block. He tries every means possible, buys maps, visit the battlefields, etc., but in the end he has to abandon the project All he managed to write was this: "La Bataille, First Chapter, Gross-Aspern, 16 May, 1809 toward noon..." When he read Stendhal's famous description of the Battle of Waterloo some years later, he was full of envy and praise. I wrote a bit on this and more generally on the difficulty writer's had of representing Napoleonic battles in the last chapter of my book "Empire of Chance. The Napoleonic Wars and the Disorder of Things" in case you are interested. At any rate, I look forward to reading the rest of your book!




Thank you! I look forward to reading Empire of Chance which, to my shame, I haven’t seen.



After reading the Saxon Chronicles, I was motivated to look into the history of our local village of Thelwall (Thelwæ), as it has strong Angelo Saxon routes.  It turns out King Edward visited our village roughly around the time that Utred’s next book might be set – 920 AD.

The village is located about 30 miles North of Chester, and was apparently founded by Edward as a military frontier outpost.  Further north of Thelwall is the town of Knutsford, which claims its name stems from the location of a Ford used by Knut, but which Knut I cannot tell.

Well, that’s as far as I got.  It would be a pleasant surprise if in any of the future books, Utred or one of his friends paid a visit to Thelwall.

Best wishes,



Hello Bernard,

After reading all of the Sharpe series I went on to read  Jac Wellers Wellington at Waterloo and now I am about to start your very own Waterloo.   The Sharpe books were a real pleasure to read and I realise just how much research was needed to create such masterpieces.  They painted a very vivid picture in my mind, the only thing missing and almost impossible to recreate are the smells and sounds of battle.  Now I want to visit Waterloo and pay homage to the fallen.




Recently discovered your books  from the direction of a very kind librarian in my town of Lehigh Acres Florida,(also my ADA bus driver is a fan) Your writing takes the reader to another time and dimension  A perfect blend of history and fiction! You have a gift my friend! Thanks for enriching my life!!

Yours, Neil Gordon


Hello, Bernard,

I finally got around to reading the Starbuck novels (I've owned them for many years but, alas, had little time to read and enjoy them).  The work is excellent and I certainly wish to encourage you to bring Nate back from his vacation.  Along with Pecker Bird, who was a delightful character.  The odd thing is that for a Brit, you have captured the essence of these characters like you were a home boy!

Best Regards,

Richard Withers



Just finished reading your newest book, WATERLOO; The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles through the 200th anniversary of said battle and enjoyed it very much. Wonderfully written.

Have a great day.


Joe Harmony


I have enjoyed your Sharpe series very much. I wish I had read them before I wrote my Napoleonic/biographic book, 'War Before Science'. Thanks much for the informative fun. I am presently reading your 'Waterloo' and have just finished the last Nate Starbuck book, which brings me to my plea: Mr Cornwell, HELP! please. The war between the states dangles unfinished and poor Nate Starbuck, dripping blood from his mangled mouth, restlessly roams a gun-smoky limbo feeling neglected by his creator. */;–)

Arthur Murchison



Hi Bernard,

I want to say a HUGE thank you for the Warrior Chronicles. They are simply the best books I have ever read! I'm on to 'The Empty Throne', can't wait to read it!


Thank you once again.




Mr Cornwell..

How you make me to want/yearn to be an Uhtred or a Sharpe or a  Starbuck says it all. Nice one man..



Mr. Cornwell,

I have long enjoyed your books. As a double literature/history major, I have delighted in the way you bring history alive and surround your characters with a vibrant landscape.About a year ago I was teaching a writing class at a local college. Unhappy with the textbook, I picked up a copy of THE ARCHER'S TALE (which I was reading at the time) to illustrate how to write a good paragraph. My students--a group that barely kept their heads above water--became enthralled with the story, and I continued the semester using your book.  I apologize for not asking for permission, but it was an unplanned adventure.  From a small town in Alaska, thanks for the gift of your work.

Best Regards,

Victoria Throop



I hope it was a fun adventure!

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