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Hi Bernard

I'm sure you've been asked a thousand times about making the Arthur books into films but here it is again.  I've read them 4 times and they just keep getting better.  I dream about them whilst I'm reading them.  It would be a dream come true, literally, should they become a reality.

Yours hopefully

Maggie Davies


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Dear Mr. Cornwell

I've just made it to the end of the author's note in The Flame Bearer and have seen, with relief, that Uhtred will march again; thanks be to Odin and Thor.  I read a lot of Anglo-Saxon and medieval stuff -- fiction and non; I majored in medieval English history at Princeton about 1000 years ago (where I was beyond fortunate to have guidance from Lawrence Stone, William Jordan and Robert Fagles), and it remains my passion.  We have all your volumes, in hard cover of course.  In fact, they stare down at me in my home office; I have just realized they are on a shelf next to several bottles of whiskey made by Constantin's people, but I do not think Uhtred would mind.  Please keep doing what you are doing.

Kindest regards,

Michael Bless

(Chicago, USA and Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France)

 


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Hi Mr. Cornwell,

I just wanted to let you know that I have spent several hours traveling in my car listening to your books.  Often I looked forward to heading to work to find out what would happen next!  I started after watching Uhtred on the big screen and wondering what the books were like and haven't looked back since.  As with any good book, you allow us to reflect on our own lives through the lens of your characters.  You also bring us so many of the details of a scene that do not come with even a reasonably good education in history (that I like to think I had at one time).

I also when you mentioned Thomas of Hookton in Agincourt.  It made me think about how the unwritten part of Thomas' life might have been.  I'm listening to Nate Starbuck now as he works his way through the chaos of the US Civil War and enjoying it thoroughly.  I do wish book 3 of the Sharp series were available on Audible, as I have to read that one when I decide to take a run through Sharp's exploits.  Hakeswill was the only character I wish would have run his course a bit sooner because he was hard to believe after a few missed deaths.  All in all though, I have thoroughly enjoyed your work immensely and hope you never stop!  Calix meus inebrians.

Howard Moloy


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I studied history in college.  No matter how hard I tried I could not understand the strategy and tactics of the armies of Napoleon and how it was that Wellington defeated him so often.  One reading of Sharpe's Eagle and it was made clear.  Thank you for that.  Understanding is a wonderful thing.

Pollie Samson


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Hi Bernard .

I would just like to say a big thank you for giving me a few days of book reading .I am now in my eightieth year   And find at last your an author I can give my time reading .your style and Authenticity are what I like ., I have just finished reading WILDTRACK and enjoyed it immensely. You are very accurate in your descriptions of sailing and boating ..thank you for your talents .

Regards Eddie Bennett .

Ex Army and merchant seaman .

 


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I have only recently discovered your books and am currently about half way through the Sharpe series and simply can’t put them down! I just wanted to thank you for your story telling skills in creating such real characters we care for and weaving their stories into these historically significant events. The plot twists are unexpected and the attention to detail is remarkable. I’ve become fascinated by the Napoleonic wars thanks to your writing, you paint a vivid picture of what the soldiers endured and the bravery, savagery and fear they felt during battle.

All the best,

Douglas Buchanan

 


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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading many of your books over the years. More recently, I have read the "Last Kingdom" series. It was a pleasure doing so. Today, I finished "Excalibur." Of all your series, I have enjoyed your take on the Arthurian myths the most. In a way, I hesitated to finish the book, as I felt like I was saying goodbye to old friends. I actually had tears in my eyes when I closed the book, and I will miss Derfel and Arthur. What an accomplishment those books were - your re-creation of the lost world of early post-Roman Britain was magical.

Thank you for the many, many hours of reading pleasure you have given me. Words are a gift to the world, and you are a master wordsmith.

Brian Mlazgar


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My name is Steven Borthwick, first of all I would like to say how much of a fan of Sharpe I am . As an ex British army soldier I find great joy and comfort in the story s of his adventures. Thank you for all the great work. And may you have all the joy in life . I will definitely pass these books on to the next generation to enjoy .

Yours sincerely . Steven

p.s Sharpe s Eagle was my favourite.


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Bernard

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say how much I have enjoyed your books in the Uhtred series. I am only at Death of Kings so have a fair few to go through to catch you up!

I am really keen History reader but you are just such a great storyteller and it’s fab knowing I have at least another 5 in the series to go at.

I don’t know how you do it but please keep going because it gives me pleasure reading them

Thanks a lot

Roger


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Dear Mr Cornwell,

I'm 58 and have only ever written one fan letter before, which was to David Essex when I was 12, however I really wanted to write this one so hope you can cope with, what I imagine is, another of many!

Like so many people,I have thoroughly enjoyed the Last Kingdom series on television.  I dropped a hint to my husband, just before Christmas, that I'd like to read the books, to find out more about the characters and background to their stories.  He kindly bought me the first 5 for Christmas, which I'd read by mid March.  Conveniently this was just in time for another hint before my birthday on the 29th!

My kind husband dutifully supplied the next 5 for my birthday which I read with similarly indecent haste.  (I knew I would regret reading so quickly but they're difficult to put down.)  Needless to say the housework has suffered!

I was delighted to discover  that 'War of the Wolf' was due to come out in paperback in the next couple of weeks but I had a short wait, so how to fill it?  A little historical background reading perhaps?  So I ordered 'Viking Britain' by Thomas Williams and 'The Norman Conquest' by Marc Morris.  The latter book arrived first so I made a start on that whilst waiting for Uhtred's next instalment.  Not quite as easy to read so paused at page 62 whilst I was consumed by 'War of the Wolf' which I've just finished this morning.  Once again, a wonderful vivid tale and, once again, that gnawing feeling in my stomach when it's all over!

Anyway, the point of my letter is to thank you VERY much indeed for giving me, not only enormous reading pleasure over the past months and viewing pleasure over the past few years, but also a real interest in a period of history which I'd previously neglected.  Like many people, I'd studied the Egyptians, Romans, 1066, Henry VIII and World War II, but your 'Last Kingdom' books have made me realise how much I don't know and had never previously considered.  Who actually are the English and where did we come from?  Likewise the Vikings?  To my shame, I'd never even thought about the term 'Anglo Saxon' before.

Anyway, I hope you'll excuse me for rambling on but I just needed to get that down!

Please accept my very sincere thanks and appreciation for the very many hours of enjoyment, entertainment and education you have, and will continue to provide me with, now and in the future.

With my best wishes,

Yvonne Briddock