Bulletin Board

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Mr. Cornwell,

I shot off an email to you some time ago complaining about the casting choices of The Last Kingdom.  I still stand by the absurd choices in selecting folks for this series but I didn't express just how much I love your books and I thought I'd take the time now.  I JUST finished my second full read-through of the Saxon Series and I enjoyed even more this time.  Your style of writing is exquisite and your knowledge of the subject matter is truly amazing. I'm moving on to some of your other works until Uhtred returns but I definitely wanted to say thanks for the awesome work.  Netflix's The Last Kingdom still sucks though (sorry).  A skinny, dark-haired pretty-boy as Uhtred....that's just crazy-talk.

 

Sincerely,

Michael S. "Boomer" Mullin


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My grandmother is 91 years old. She immigrated to Canada from England after WW2, but she's always maintained a deep love of her home country. She remains one of the best people in my life, even though I don't get to see her as much now as I wish I could.

A few years ago, I picked up The Last Kingdom at a local book sale. I adored it and quickly read through the next few books. I thought she might like them as well, so I sent her my copies. She loved them too.

We started reading the series together. I'd read one and send it her way and then, instead of the usual pleasantries, we'd talk about what we thought of Uhtred's continuing adventures. When The Flame Bearers came out, I ordered us both copies and we read them simultaneously. I look forward to doing the same when I can finally muster enough spare change (the holidays are expensive) to do the same with War of the Wolf.

If there's one thing I've learned growing into an adult, it's that it's sadly easy to lose touch with the people you care about. Thank you for helping me stay connected to someone who has meant a lot to me throughout my life.

Stew Shearer


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Hello Mr. Cornwell,

I binged season 3 of TLK. After watching the first episode, I couldn't help myself! It was fabulous and I loved your cameo appearance. You fit right in! I have to say, season 3 was hand's down the best season so far! While most of the actors are fabulous, there is no one like David Dawson! His portrayal of Alfred in the pursuit of his dream of a united England is something to behold.

Netflix, of course, still isn't advertising it, which boggles everyone's brains. TLK needs viewership numbers and that is going to be more difficult to achieve if Netflix won't promote it! Some websites are already stating they have "inside sources" that season 4 has been approved by Netflix, but that is, as far as can be determined, just rumor. After giving fans such a fabulous season 3, if they don't approve a season 4, it will be a great disappointment.

Anyway, I enjoyed the heck out of season 3 although it deviated from the books quite a bit. Even so, what it did so well was to delve into Uhtred's inner turmoil with the clever use of other characters (Leofric, Brida, even Skade). It was masterful script-writing and it pleased me to no end that the focus wasn't just on fighting one battle after another, although there were a couple of good ones. This is Uhtred's story and season 3 told it well! Alex Dreymon did his best work yet with his interpretation of Uhtred. I have found a new respect for him as an actor!

Thanks so much for not only writing such a wonderful story, but doing it so well someone thought it was worth telling on the "big screen." It gives fans double the pleasure!

As I (impatiently) await book 12, here's to great writing!

Regards,

Jason

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I finished watching the third series tonight – and like you think it might be the best. And yes, David Dawson’s portrayal of Alfred was a wonder to behold!

 


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Please, please don't include animals in your stories.  I have just finished Sharpe's regiment and was so upset about Buttons and that wicked Lynch I've not been able to get it out of my mind.  So have pity on the more sympathetic of your readers.

Joan Morris

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Lynch was wicked. Poor Buttons! I don’t let my dog Whiskey know I wrote that passage.

 


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Mr. Cornwell,

I'm writing, primarily, to thank you for being the catalyst for a grand adventure!  I'm an avid fan of the 'Sharpe's' series, and when I read your notes at the end of 'Sharpe's Fortress', I immediately decided that I must see Gawilghur Fortress.  It took quite a number of years to make that happen, but I have just returned from visiting the fortress with my brother.  I was appalled to see that the local government has repaired (about two years ago, according to the local chap who acted as our guide) the wall breaches that made the fortress so unique.  It appears that the rubble "ramp" below the breaches was left more or less untouched, so it was still possible to scramble up toward the wall, and imagine the herculean task that faced Colonel Kenny and his troops.

I've read 'Sharpe's Fortress' enough times that I almost felt like I had been there before, but to walk through the series of gates leading into the Inner Fortress generated emotions that I cannot adequately capture.  The narrow passage that faced Kenny after the 90 degree left turn was the most...poignant, I suppose?  I cannot fathom the courage required to enter that space in the circumstances in which they did, and I actually felt a little chill as I stood at the gate where Colonel Kenny fell.

There is a grave in the Inner Fortress, near the remains of a church or temple, that our guide suggested is the final resting place of Colonel Kenny.  We saw the very large cannon, and marveled at the extent to which the approaches to the fortress were commanded from that location.

All in, we spent a couple of hours at the fortress, and the visit was absolutely everything I had hoped it would be.  Despite being in our '50s, this was the first trip that my brother and I have taken together, and that aspect of the trip was great as well.  Thanks very much for the 'Sharpe's' books, and thank you again for inspiring a trip that will remain one of the highlights of my life!

Best regards,

Jason

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Well done!  Visiting Gawilghur was one of the high points in writing the Sharpe books . . . a friend and I made the trek and could only spend two days there, but your description brought it all back very vividly! And of course the view from the fortress is astonishing – it really had to have been one of the most formidable forts in the world so yes, Kenny’s troops were magnificent. The local government repaired the breach!  That was really the only genuine Napoleonic era breach in existence! The one at Fort Concepcion was the result of a deliberate slighting so though it is a breach, and looks like a breach, it wasn’t made by bombardment to aid an assault. I scrambled up the ramp too!

 


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Just finished  War of the Wolf.

I have read all of your books and find them all great reads.  I think I may  start over  and reread the tales of  Uhtred.  Thank-you.

Cebron  Fussell


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Dear Mr Cornwell

I wanted to say how much I'm enjoying reading the new book  "War of the Wolf" which currently has our hero Uhtred riding through the Ribble valley where I just happen to be living , I can imagine his war band riding along the rough tracks (the A59) heading toward York & passing through,  perhaps Whalley, our local village as he fords the river Calder that runs eventually into the Ribble ,riding  going past the Cornmill & church that may have been there in those time but is now a part of a very interesting set of 13th Century buildings consisting of an Abbey , gate house & other old buildings.

 

Riding up the hill towards the well known Pendle Hill its High peak a land mark seen for miles across the whole of the Ribble valley  , as he passes through the hovels of Barrow where I happen to live .

 

Me being a West countryman of 60 year  from the county of Gloucestershire & having lived in Gloucester , the  resting place of "The Lady of Mercia " where I was  privileged to recently enjoy the celebration of said  Lady & her funeral procession.

Also your writings took me to the birth place of our hero Bebbanburg Castle in Northumbria for a fascinating holiday , to stand amongst the tall sand dunes imagining them on horse watching the Viking invaders out to sea.

 

So you get my drift,   I'm a Saxon having lived or holidayed in those parts of England written all over your book series , its brought to life that period & continually interested me , to find out more of our early formation of one nation .

 

I just wanted say a huge thank you for your contribution to my life & bringing me so much pleasure

Your's Stuart Baker,

now a man of East Lancs


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Hello,

I just wanted to say I’m a great fan of the series “The last Kingdom” I know it differs from your novels, but it is you that made this happen.

I have to confess I suffer from Dyslexia, so it is hard for me to read novels. But I love learning and watching these series.

Thank you for your time and can’t wait for the next step in your work.

Doug Wilson


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Mr. Cornwell,

Please accept my gratitude and appreciation for your abilities as a story teller. You have provided me with needed distraction, and a refuge from the realities of service before self. Looking forward to your next book. No need to reply.

Martell Thompson


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Hi, I live in Brazil, Brasília, and I love your books, I already read Arthur's Chronicles and I'm reading the Saxonic Chronicles, I'm fascinated by your books, I do not want it to end because I'm going to feel orphaned. I'm reading the seventh book of the saxonic chronicles and discovered on its website that it already has the tenth first, I already bought the tenth. Thank you very much for the books.

Marice