Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I have read and reread many of your books, especially those in the Last Kingdom series, and they never disappoint. Can't say the same about the tv series (he little pretty boy who played the ferocious Lord Uhtred was hilariously miscast. Loved the scene when he couldn't get his sword out of his scabbard...) but overlooking that minor detail, all the rest of the casting was great. Beocca was brilliant. Matt Bates of course is superb.
I'm really writing to express my admiration for your scholarship, characterizations, dialogue, and how you infuse battle scenes with such realism without making the blood and guts gratuitous.
You and Lord Uhtred and Finnan have given me many enthralling hours of swashing, buckling and vicarious blood-lust. Thank you!
(For Mus !!!)
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I am a 58 year old avid reader and lover of history. Every few years I will select a historical conflict to study, and then read everything that I can access to learn what I can about that period of history. Not long ago I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about the Peninsular War, and through that reading came across your Sharpe series. Not only did your writing educate and entertain me, it left me with a seemingly insatiable appetite for your other works.
I have never written an author before, and don’t really have much to say other than “thank you”. I can’t begin to imagine how much research and hard work goes into your writing, but for this one, insignificant reader, the results are amazing, and I honestly can’t express my gratitude adequately.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I am a 52 yr. old man from Germany, and I read nearly all of your books, started with Arthur, now I went over to the Starbuck (just finished the first one), 1356, and I wanted to say, you are my favourite writer. I found out by reading your website, that you've written about Agincourt (Azincourt), and I think this will be the next one after Starbuck Part II. You write so exciting, and I spent many nights reading your stories. But in my honest opinion, I best like the stuff from Arthur and the medieval, maybe it's more thrilling to me reading about the secrets, from other writers I like Marion Zimmer Bradley (mists of Avalon), but it doesn't come close to your books. I love them.. Best regards from Germany, and write on,
Hello! I am reading War of the Wolf at the moment and just read the exchange where Ieremias recommends Uhtred take small horns to attack Skoll in imitation of Joshua's attack on Jericho, and Uhtred's thought response is "I preferred to rely on ladders instead".
I seriously laughed out loud at this - I have been an active Christian all my life but have been through a lot of church drama/witnessed too many Christians hold power and politics above loving their neighbors, so all of Uhtred's disparaging comments about the church are hilarious to me.
So that's it. Thank you for your excellent writing! If you ever find yourself in NYC with an hour to kill and you happen to want to spend it with a complete stranger, contact me and I'll buy you a scotch.
With wishes of continued success to you,
What fun Fools and Mortals was. Enjoyed immensely and hope a sequel is in the works. Never wrote to an author before but warranted as want to read more about the Shakespeare brothers!
Thank you! I’m not sure I’ll go back to them, but who knows? Maybe! Really – thank you!
I am a great fan of your books. Having read the previous 11 books, I have just begun reading your latest Last Kingdom Series book ‘Sword of Kings’. I have also read your Sharpe series.
First and foremost I would like to thank you for the entertainment & historical insights that you have provided me.
I feel a little foolish in that what actually prompted me to write you is an error I found in Sword of Kings. The version I am reading is an ebook purchased from Amazon.
By way of explanation, even after 11 books, I get confused with the similar character names and interrelationships. I make notes to help me keep track of who is who and I regularly refer back to them. As a result I happened to notice the following:
P.41 - ‘Æthelwulf!’ Eadith exclaimed and went towards him with open arms.
It should be ‘Ælswyth, not ‘Eadith’.
I apologise for perhaps appearing to be petty. I thought it a good excuse to write and thank you.
Paul Kaufman (Australia)
I wish you hadn’t found the excuse! But thank you – it’s a stupid mistake, and an annoying one. I must have read it 20 times and still missed it. Oh well – thanks anyway!
Here is the thing. You have written other books not part of the Sharpe series so why put off the Nate Starbuck series. You have time for the archers tale 2002, Heretic 2004 and vagabond in 2002-2003 and others. So Mr. Cornwell I love your works. You are one of my favorites and I think a true classic of my generation. Starbuck series is every bit as good as Sharpe and should be continued for the fans at the very least. Seriously I have been waiting since 1996. Even Robert Jordan finished his epic and he died before it was finished. Your slacking. Please for the love of god continue Nathaniel's tale, it is rich and full of everything I look for in a anti-hero which is how I see and relate to him. He is good guy but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. I knew a couple mustang officers like that when I served in the marines. This story cannot stop on a 4th book it must continue.
Jacob T. Lehnen
Hello Mr. Cornwell,
Just a quick note to thank-you for all of the hours of entertainment your books have brought me. Just finished the last of the Arthur books. Wow, just wow!! I was not only entertained but completely drawn into the era, the history and of course the characters. Truly some of my favorite books. Thank-you so much!!
I just wanted to tell you that after I picked up one of your books in high school for a book report, you had me. Sharpe’s Company, was the first book I read. I am now 32 years old and have read all of the Sharpe novels, all of the Arthur Novels and most of the Last Kingdom novels, before the series, which I do very much enjoy. You inspired me to read at a young age, and I just want to thank you for that. It was at a time when it was least likely and I’ve almost always read your books through good and bad times. You are my all time favorite. Thank you so much!
I very much enjoyed your chat with Tracy Chevalier, recently posted on Facebook. In particular I was pleased that you both were interested in each others work, asked good questions and shared openly. I too am a history buff, as well as an amateur genealogist and have used that study to pen a few novels of my own, based upon my ancestors. I have read many of your books and enjoyed them very much.