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Hi Bernard,

I came across this little gem in a Ballymena Graveyard and thought you might be interested. He could almost have been Patrick Harper.  The grave is that of Ensign John Dyas, born in 1791 in Co Meath, of the 51st of Foot, who led the Forlorn Hope at Badajos on 6 June 1811 and again on 9 June. Miraculously he survived and apprarently went on to fight at Waterloo. He returned to Ireland and lived on until 1860. He is toasted by the KOYLI on guest nights nowadays - motto CEDE NULLIS.

Hope you found it interesting,

Regards,

Phillip (Maj retd)

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That’s fascinating!  Thank you!


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Hi Bernard,

I get a real estate update email from a company called Rightmove Overseas, a UK company.  Interestingly, they have recently added a "2-3 bedroom apartment" contained within Bamburg Castle.  I thought of you, and Uhtred.  If you are interested in more information, the number listed is 01685-666034.  Hope all is well, and I think I own every one of your books, including Sharpe's Skirmish and Sharpe's Christmas.  I have enjoyed your work very much over the years.

Robin Goodhand

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That’s kind of you . . . my ancestors held the place from the 6th to the 11th Century, and that’s probably enough!

 


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Hello Mr. Cornwell,

 

I've read a large chunk of your work and am a huge fan. My job is an hour from home so I've listened to the Saxon tales on audiobook. My daughter, who is seven, listens on our way home from school.

 

Her teacher has started reading the series after my daughter chimed in during a discussion of Vikings. The conversation included the seven year old explaining why a short sword was good for piercing maile and leather to get to the belly. The going on to discuss why you had to thrust high with your spear when attacking uphill. Luckily her teacher was fascinated and I didn't get a phone call.

 

I eagerly await the next book. Thank you for all these years of reading.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Weese

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That made me laugh, thank you! And a brownie point for your daughter!

 


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Really enjoying Series 2.  The screenwriter has captured the relationship between Alfred and Uhtred very well and the actors have played that part of their roles to the tee,  Of course some changes from the books but generally very loyal to the plot.  Having read the books (several times) allow me to follow the subtle sub-plots and even more subtle cameo interaction.  A great thundering series of books supported so well with the TV series.

Roger Gaspar


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Mr. Cornwell,

 

I've read your Last Kingdom Series and your Grail Quest series and I like them very much.  Thank you for writing them.  I just read one of your interviews where you mentioned the King James Bible's style as having influenced you, liking the work Christopher Hitchens, and having a rough childhood and not wanting to revisit it.  I can sympathize as one of my most difficult assignments at university was writing my spiritual autobiography.  I just wanted to say that I'm sorry you had a difficult childhood and it seems a less than positive brush with Religion.

 

Yours Truly,

 

Matt


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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

 

Several years ago I sent you a copy of Rebel which you graciously signed and which I now have as one of the most prized books in my library. While I was reorganizing my bookshelves a few weeks back, I picked Rebel up and skimmed through it for the first time in a few years. Sir, I miss the adventures of Starbuck, Truslow, Colonel Byrd and the rest of the men of Faulconer Co., VA. I know you have been focusing more on the Medieval histories of Britain and Europe these past few years (I purchased 1356 for my Aunt when it came out), but sir, I need Starbuck. There is a certain escapism I found in that series which I have been unable to duplicate with any other series, whether by you or another author. Just one more book to complete the series sir, please. Perhaps Gettysburg and then a fast forward to Appomattox. This would fill the suspense I have felt since finishing The Bloody Ground.

 

Sincerely,

 

Austin Jepsky


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Mr Cornwell,

thank you for writing the Utred series. I am normally a slow reader, usually taking 3-4 weeks to finish a typical novels. But with your books I was miraculously able to read almost 3 times as fast and have unfortunately gotten through the Flame Bearer as well.  Can't wait for your next Utred adventure. Keep up the good work.

Tommy Chen


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I recently came down with an awful cold and immediately ran to my local library and took out 8 of your books to keep me sane while recovering.  I wanted to thank you for your novels among which was Killers Wake.  As an avid boater and more recently a sailor I enjoyed the protagonists opinions on proper yachts since they closely  mirror my own.  My wife and boating partner also liked the book though more as a well plotted mystery.  She also caught the virus but took out a dozen mysteries to read.  When I finished the first 8 I took out 8 more

 

I am an avid reader of history and historical novels.  I am afraid that I only discovered your books at a point when I use the library more and bookstores less.  Previously I was addicted to Patrick O'Brian among others.  I just cannot thank you enough for the many enjoyable hours following your characters adventures.  My wife and I hope you are well and able to add to your wonderful body of work.  Thanks, again!

 

Nancy and Bill Schierer


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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

 

You must forgive the brevity of this message. I very well could elaborate on my praise of your work but I doubt any of my compliments would express originality.

 

I am reading through your Saxon Saga and finished reading Sword Song last night. I hope to begin The Burning Land tomorrow.

 

Your work has inspired my imagination and influenced my interests. I feel as if I have been transported to a place as foreign as it is familiar. Thank you for fueling my passion for history, and fascination with story telling. I have every intention of devouring all you have ever written.

 

Sincerest Regards,

Chelsea Allred


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Rear cover of "Eagles of the Empire Britannia", my opinion...... you have nothing to be concerned about regarding competition. This book was very disapointing. The choices made by, and the actions taken by , the main characters , defy logic too many times.

 

Your historical creations will always be my choice.

 

Mr Scarrow may have vast knowledge of the particulars regarding the Roman occupancy, but that is all that I could find interesting in this read.

Russell Whitford


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