I just finished War of the Wolf. I have read all of your books and I particularly like the Saxon Series. Uhtred is a fantastic character that never disappoints. Thank you.
I am a history buff and medieval England seems to be my interest. I over the lat year read The Accursed Series by Maurice Druon and Here Be Dragon Series by Sharon Kay Penman and I realized I wanted to know more about the history of England. Your Saxon series came up on a search engine and I was hooked about 10 pages into the first book. Here is my problem with all 3 books- I didn’t want them to end! I teared up when all 3 series came to an end. It’s like these characters become part of my “family”. Spending time with them is the best (after my own family/friends of course). Since Uhtred has not died I am hoping for at least one more book. Merry Christmas Bernard. My grandfather was named Bernard (via Ireland) so probably another reason your books have made such an impact.
A clash of cultures and faiths figures in all of your Saxon Tales but Sword of Kings struck me as particularly resonant with the heated debates about immigration both in the U.S. (where I understand you are a resident). For better or for worse I found myself thinking along these lines when introduced to the London slavers and especially the city's orphan community. Your novels, in their picture of the cultural complexities of ninth and tenth century Britain, remind us that "it has ever been so." Uhtred rides home with a host comprising allies from other lands who worship different Gods and with a band of orphaned children in tow. Perhaps there is a lesson for us here?
Thank you for fifteen years of Uhtred!
Your books have been delighting me for nearly forty years. All your chosen periods interest me (from a hobby interest in the armies of the Peninsular War to professional archaeology particularly focused on Anglo Saxon England). The thing that gives me the greatest pleasure, however, is your distinctive use of a stylistic trope: The emphatic short single sentence paragraph coda.
Long may it persist.
I have just serendipitously come across a 2009 Bookclub interview with you on Spotify.
The broadcast was certainly informative and entertaining, and it took me back to the time I first discovered The Last Kingdom - I remember being so taken with the feeling of ‘Thank God’ this story has legs. It was at the time, a rather unfashionable period of English history to be writing about, and It seemed to me that I was living in a bubble liking that sort of stuf. Now, a feeling of gesibsumnes abounds when I revisit the work - so thanks for this.
Your sailing novels are amazing, I wish there were a few more sailing novels to ‘sink’ my teeth in to... storm child is my all time favourite book... and I’ve read a few... before I go I just wanted to say thank you for those few boat books of yours I’ve read they conjure up the most incredible mind images... all the best and truly hope one day you’ll pen another sailing novel!
I am an avid reader of your books and love the Last Kingdom series.I live in Buxton in the Peak District which you use as your location for the witch and Ercce.
Halfway between Buxton and Chesterfield (approx 10 miles) is the small town of Bakewell which is famous for its tarts(cakes)!
The parish church is All Saints and in 949 King Eadred,a grandson of Alfred the Great,granted the land by charter to the Earl of Northumbria.The earls son,Uhtred then had a church built on the site.There are two 8th century Anglo Saxon crosses and a number of stone coffins in the graveyard.
Uhtred in Buxton and Chesterfield may not be so fictional after all!
Looking forward to October when I presume the next book will be released.I warmed up for the last release by reading the previous 11 again.
All the best,
Hello Mr. Cornwell,
I will simply say thank you for all your books, ideas and work!
I found in my 14th age, 2009, „The last Kingdom“ per coincidence in a little bookshop (I forgot the reason why I was there in the shop, at these day, definitely not because of the books) and this was the first book, which I started reading on my own. There was no chance for me to stop reading this book until I finished with it, it was too exciting. Your book was the reason, why I started reading in my life.
2018 I read also my first book in English „War of the Wolf “, only because I can’t wait anymore for the german version. It was not easy for me, but I had the same movie in my head, as if I were reading the german version and this was the important thing. Thank you very much and sorry for my english, it’s not easy for me to write in your language, but I have done my best.
Kind regards and best wishes
Max M. Waage
Thank you Max - I appreciate your message!!
I'm working my way through these now in published order and would like to say that the pictures you paint in my mind, with your writings, brings these people to life.
Many thanks from a 73 year old "boy"
Dear Mr. Bernard Cornwell,
I have just read the War of the Wolf. I have read all the books in the series about Utred and really enjoy them. From my local public library I will take out the book you mentioned called Bloodfeud.
In the Historical note section at the end of the War of the Wolf you mentioned that the crowns of England and Denmark were joined in 1016A.D. when Queen Emma (widow of English king Aethelred the Unready) married King Canute of Denmark who became King of England. An American lady has written two very interesting historical novels about Queen Emma. Her name is Patriica Bracewell. In 2013 she published Shadow on the Crown. In 2015 she published The Price of Blood. She is writing another book in the series called Perilous Tides. It will be published in 2020. I met her in June 2019 at the conference of the Historical Novel Society of North America in Maryland. I wanted to let you know about these books in case you want to read them.
Ms. Susan M. Grady