On the website of the Smithsonian Institute is information about a recent excavation of Roman ruins underneath the extant fortress at Bamburg, home of blah blah. I am hoping that a) you might mention it in the next Utred book (since he often ponders the Romans and their architecture versus that of the smelly Saxons), and b) that poor Utred will get to retire from whacking interfering Danes and Norsemen and venal Saxons. The poor bastard's got to be 100 by now, and if you don't let him go to Valhallah, he's eventually going up against Knut (and losing). Let his son take a turn as batsman (or "step up to the plate," now that you live in America). Thanks for all the history, it helped get me through Iraq and especially after. Cheers! Over the Hills and Far Away...
Frederick E Berg
The Empty Thorne
Big fan - Wirral resident;
NB The Wirral is in Merseyside not Cheshire.
How right you are! But I’m horribly old-fashioned and prefer the old county boundaries.
You probably know this but BBC ran a lot of items in their "Country File" programme this week on Bamburgh Castle. Particularly interesting were the excavations of 6-8th century grave just outside of the castle.
I probably got it wrong but I think they said the bones etc were being moved to a crypt somewhere which may be ironic if they weren't christian. Anyway thought you might be interested
Tim Rose (love the books)
I am interested and didn’t know they were moving the bones. I did read somewhere that the excavated bodies were of varying nationalities, mainly Scandinavian and Saxon, which suggests a deal more inter-marriage than was previously thought. Thank you!!!
A reader recently asked about spherical case shot and muzzle loading cannon. You suggested that the fuse was ignited by the burning gases of the discharge, which is correct. I thought you might be interested in this paper by Nick Lipscombe discussing the whole topic of exploding 'shot and shell' and other anti-personnel ammunition in some detail: http://www.nick-lipscombe.net/Shrapnel%20Shell%20Paper.pdf.
I certainly didn't know that the term 'shrapnel' was officially used until 1852, ten years after the inventor's death...
Thank you for that – it’s a fascinating article! I didn’t know about the pre-cut, colour coded fuses, but of course that makes sense, and the overlay map of Waterloo is chilling (for a Frenchman!). Thank you!!
I never cared for historical fiction until I saw "Sharpe's Rifles" on the History Channel. When I found who wrote the original book I went to our local library and found the book and fell in love. I do believe I've read every English language book you've written and doing so has caused be to discover other historical fiction writers. I look forward to the final book of The Last Kingdom series.
Thank you for everything and I wish you all the best.
I'm reading David Howarth's '1066 the Year of the Conquest.' And I was thinking that you could make a great novel from it, very much like '1356' and 'Azincourt.' It just a thought.
I am a huge fan of your work, particularly the Saxon Tales. You really bring the period to life! Untried is one of my two favorite characters from historical fiction As a history buff who also loves ancient history, I have also been reading Harry Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome series. His character, Ballista a/k/a Dernmelm, is my other favorite character. He is an atheling of the Angles educated in Rome in the third century. Ballista shares some of Uhtred’s traits -higher birth, being pulled by different cultures, being clever as well as brave in battle, and is being tall with blonde hair. Anyway, the overly optimistic historical romantic in me wonders if Ballista could have possibly been Uhtred’s very distant ancestor!
Thank you for the great books you write. I really enjoy them.
I've been listening to and reading some of your Sharpe recently - when I should be working at home - and I wanted to let you know how much I have and continue to enjoy them immensely. I started reading them when I was about 8 and am now 30 and still haven't grown tired of them. You are a great writer and thanks very much for creating them.
obviously I'm a fan. Maybe against the grain I love the Starbuck chronicles and would love to see more. I know there are financial considerations due to tv with Sharpe and the last kingdom but I believe Starbuck would make great tv. Shot today with current tech it would be amazing. Gone with the wind real. And obviously a new book would stir the interest. I'm transparent i know. I wish you the best, and thank you for the entertainment.
Fools and Mortals -
Just a wonderful book. Very obviously a work of love. Thank you.
Tom Patrick Crowley