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Steve Marsh, Lincolnshire....really funny comments, having also read cover to cover, that series and also "getting on" I would suggest that both you and Steve sleep with your sword in hand (now, now !) as I do, then we will all be able to hear the rest of the story in "Valhalla", until such time I will continue to touch my "Thors hammer" amulet and await the next book. I do hope that you get to write about "1066" because if "Azincourt" is anything to go by, fiction and fact mix well Lord !

Cheers

Ron Allen


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Mr. Cornwell,

 

I just wanted to take a moment to write and tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your books over the years. I work as a Firefighter/Paramedic in western Mass and having a good book is critical during our down time. I just finished reading "The Fort" and found it incredibly interesting, I remember learning about the Penobscot Expedition a long time ago and thorougly enjoyed learning more about it. Anyways, keep up the great work!

Thanks!

-Mike


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Dear Mr Cornwell,

I just wanted to send a message to you thanking you for the great books that you write. As a child, I never enjoyed reading and found it very difficult to find books that engaged me. I randomly purchased Agincourt some time ago, and it is the first book that I literally could not put down. It was the first time that I truly understood the term 'page-turner' and it really ignited my interest into reading.

I sincerely appreciate the genre and historical setting of your books and look forward to working my way through the entire collection. I am yet to start on the many Sharpe's books, but am excited with the thought of some enjoyable reading ahead of me.

I just wanted to send you my message of thanks and look forward to all of your future releases!

Kind Regards,

Robert Buck


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Mr. Cornwell,

 

I recently was able to obtain a first edition/printing of your "Sea Lord", once I finish it I believe I will have read everything you've published. Of course I'll have to read "Waterloo" and "The Empty Throne" once they are released in ebook.

 

Currently I'm attending the National War College (NWC) in DC, and although I'm not in the military I like to think of myself as an student of history, especially military history.  Thus one of the main reasons I like your books.  In class we just finished the Napoleonic war, and during the class we were shown a scene from a Russian made english movie on the battle of Waterloo.  No one in my class had seen this movie.  In the scene the French calvary charge after British infantry over a hill.  The instructor froze the movie and asked the class what was going to happen?  What should the British do?  I alone said, "form square".  I was asked to elaborate and explain why this would work.  Relying solely on your readings I did.  When the scene was unfrozen I was correct.  The scene was frozen again, and I was asked what the weakness of "squares" was, and I elaborated on the use of artillery.  The instructed asked how I knew this, especially not being in the military or having previously studied this material, I told him I read your books.

 

I thought you'd like to know that your writing had an impact on at least one student, and probably helped me earn a bit of credit.

 

Regards,

Shawn

P.S.  I wish "Waterloo" had been released a month ago.

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I like it! Thank you!


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One of your correspondents asked if the US Army's Rifle Regiment had fought units from the Royal Army's Rifles during the War of 1812. My quick answer would be, "not intentionally". A more detailed answer is in a paper, about the 1st, 2nd, and almost mythical 3rd and 4th US Rifles: http://warof1812.ohio.gov/_assets/docs/rifles.pdf

 

Conclusion: The US Rifle Regiment was parceled out in one or two-company groups, often attached to Regular Army line regiments. The US Rifles were intended as skirmishers against Indian tribes east of the Mississippi. In fact, before 1812, most of the Regular Army trained for the skirmish-line since that was how they fought Indians. It took serious training to turn skirmishers into battle-line troops.

 

The only notable use of rifles, by either side, came during the British attempt to capture Baltimore, MD, in September, 1814. The British raiding division was commanded by a Major General Ross, who had won a battle at Bladensburg, MD, at the edge of DC, when Maryland and District of Columbia militia ran away. Ross then burned Washington, including the White House, the Capitol, and the Navy Yard; the raiders returned to their ships and landed near Baltimore. Warned that there might be 20,000 Maryland militia and 200 guns in a position prepared along a semi-circular ridge, Ross supposedly said "I don't care if it rains militia". A few minutes later, militia riflemen shot him.

John Welch


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Hello Mr. Cornwell,

i read your Saxony Story and i like it very much.

Now i read a book about the Hanse, in which it is explained how it cames to different town names for the same town at the same time in Germany.

A settlement of merchants/traders is named with -wig (wik/wyk/wiek...)at the end if its placed beside/outside of a castle=Burg or stand alone. The castle/fortress is named -burg.

In the case of London then: Lundenwig and Lundenburg/-ceaster(in latin) at the same time. Also Brunswig, later Braunschweig, or Schleswig, Bardowick.

Perhaps you already knew it. A answer is not necessary ;) I am waiting eagerly for the next book about Uhtred in german language.

Yours faithfully

Joachim Tiede

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Thank you for that! The ‘Wic’ ending is common in England too, but seems to denote a dairy-farm!


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As Sharpe enjoys his retirement -- and he deserves a quiet time with Lucile -- I have discovered the Thomas Kydd series by Julian Stockwin.

They should be listed in your "try these historical novels" section,

(1) because no one but Stockwin seems to demonstrate the complexity of keeping a sailing warship afloat; and

(2) Kydd moves, book-by-book, from pressed "landsman" to skilled seaman to warrant officer to commissioned officer...facing some of the same snobbery that Sharpe faces, and, like Sharpe, learning to lead. (My favorite of all is "Sharpe's Rifles", in which Sharpe learns a bit from Major Blas de Vivar.).

Incidentally, I chuckled when rifleman Dodd failed to return from a skirmish-line in one of the newer Sharpe novels.

John Welch


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Hello Mr Cornwell,

 

As I'm french would you excuse my not so good english.

 

I just finished to read the last book on Arthur (and Derfel) this morning at 2am !

Even if I have a test this morning (which I succeed, don't worry).

I wasn't able to let the book on table and go to sleep : the story is full of suspense, well written, and the characters are so alive.

 

So first thank you for this well documented and so close to reality story. I finaly found an Arthur saga which isn't a tale but an historical fiction as close as possible to real events and the uses of this age.

 

Second, I was first disappointed by the end : what's next ???!!!

But after reading different comments and questions on your website (and your answers of course), I've made my own idea which can suit to this abrupt final. I think that as the threat is closer and closer to the monastery when Derfel is writing, the saxon or irish finaly attack and Igraine was just able to catch the last pages before running away. That's why the strory ends so brutally. In the same move than all the saga : bloodly battles !

 

Thank you again for these books, and continue to make us dream.

Bastien

 


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Dear Mr Bernard Cornwell,

 

Thank you for your amazing writing. I'm sure you hear that every other day, but honestly  thank you. I began reading your works two years ago, roughly. The first I read was Sharpe's Eagle, which I still re-read, since that point I read the entire series before and during my GCSE's. I remember I took it with me to the Royal International Air Tattoo, and read it whenever I wasn't working. Sharpe really hit with me as he was a solder first, looked after his men, and was surprisingly honourable.

 

I myself wish to join the British Army, but as an Officer. I have yet to decide which arm to join, but with one parent in the RAF, and the other ex-RAF, they want as far away from the frontline as possible. Also, much to my fathers disgust, the first thing I am going to buy with my wages from the Army is the famous 1796 Heavy Cavalry Pattern Sword.

 

I have also read The Fort, and your newest book, Waterloo, both of which I heavily enjoyed. Both I think could not have been written any better. The Duke is a big hero of me and my dad, he has currently borrowed my copy of Waterloo on his 6 week tour to Oman, three weeks in and the battle for Waterloo has begun. If it helps, he says it is enjoying it.

 

To sum up, thank you for writing such brilliant books, and I hope to catch you one day so you can sign my copy of Eagle. The books have really changed my life, and made my cadet life a bit more interesting.

 

Thank you.

 

Dedicated reader, Owen Cairns.

 


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I was late in finding you. Luckily my bro turned me on to The Last Kingdom and I have not stopped reading your novels since. I almost exclusively have been reading your books since then and have loved every Saxon Tale ( I think it's my favorite set of books) and was totally blown away by The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur. I have almost every book you have wrote in hard back ( missing a few of the more pricey Sharpies ). I just finished The Fort ( which was magnificent) and 1356 which I could not put down. Onto my next book now and loving every minute of it. You're my favorite . Keep up the excellent work and THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Verastegui