I simply wanted to thank you for bringing various parts of history so wonderfully alive! I especially appreciate your attention to detail and the historical notes that you include. So far, I've managed to read several of your works, including the entire Richard Sharpe series. In truth, it was the BBC television series that got me interested, but once I began reading your books, I was hooked. You have created exceptionally memorable characters, infused them into historical intrigue, and have earned a lifelong fan. I simply wanted to express my appreciation for your dedication to your craft and as Sharpe, Harper or Uhtred march again, I will read again!
Dear Mr Cornwell,
I have read all your historical fiction with great interest, my favourite series being the Saxon stories of Uhtred. Once you revealed your descent from the family which held Bebbanburg, I was VERY intrigued. As a former registrar of births, deaths and marriages on Tyneside with a deep interest in genealogy, I asked myself "How can he know that?" since records are so very scarce for that period. I am also keenly interested in local history and the Norse period - I even have Norwegian relatives - and love the Icelandic sagas.
"Will he ever get to the point?" I hear you asking. Well, yes, hear it is. I am a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne (SANT) and the March 2014 public lecture is on 26 Mar, 2014 at 6 pm, "The Anglo-Saxon Fortress of Bamburgh: the Archaeological Evidence by Graeme Young", SANT is 200 years old and a highly respected society in the field of history and archaeology. Maybe, just maybe we will hear something of Uhtred's time in Bebbanburg. Perhaps someone has found Uhtred's remains. Roll on the 26th March.
If you can't make the lecture, I'll try to send an update.
Best wishes from Brian Reeds
Thank you; alas, I won’t be there!
Firstly, many thanks for giving me and other readers hours of pleasure with your fantastic stories. My personal favourite is the Uhtred series - it really brings to life the whole Saxon/Viking/(and Celtic) era. Sheer bloody brilliance!
I came across this on youtube, about how Vikings made crucible steel swords marked with +ULFBERH+T on the hilt. When you have a spare hour, do have a look I'm sure you will find it very interesting. Here's the link :
Wyrd bið ful aræd !
Thank you! Oddly enough I’ve just finished a chapter describing an Ulfberht blade! What’s most fascinating (other than the fact that we have no idea who or what Ulfberht was) is that there were contemporary forgeries – and, of course, that the steel for the blades came from the Middle East.
Hello, just to say that I am big fan! It started with a casual reading of the Last Kingdom, and never stopped, Uhtred, Thomas, Nick Hook, Derfel, Captain Sandman, love all the characters. I started reading Sharpe, pen in Brazil has translated the entire saga. Thanks for the books and the lessons that each character brings.
Its the boring, angry guy again, just to say, i started to read "Starbuck", well, i just got to much used to your writing so now is hard to find something that is close to your mastery.. I dont really like powder, i like swords and shields! i love the song of the sword! So Starbuck is just something to pass the time while i wait for Lord Uhtred! Ohh btw, this series been published by "Saida de Emergência", its a master job, they are one of the best you'll find in portugal, got 10 books from RR.Martin from them and not even 1 reason to complain :D Ahead, i must congratulate you again ....I've read the book twice, and one in my perfect, beautifull, awsome, amazing book in English i've ordered in the date of the release, and that particular moment, made my day!! Greetings from Portugal and keep on with the good work! Give us Lord Uhtred Invading Bebanburg! Cmon the man deserves credit!!
Love your books!
Dear Mr Cornwell
I may be one of the few of your devoted readers who did not discover you through Sharpe. Many years ago my sister bought me the first volume of the magnificent Arthur trilogy - and I was hooked. Why no-one has made a faithful film of your wonderful interpretation of the legend, I do not know. If I were a film producer I would make it my mission.
I won't bore you with further praise. I've read pretty much everything you've written by now and love it all and this is NOT an idea for a book... My favourite English fable is Robin Hood. I grew up with it, I still love it and in my opinion, no-one has yet written the definitive contemporary interpretation. If only I could think of the ideal person to do it I would beg him to give it a go!
Please keep writing and thank you for providing me with so many happy hours of reading and listening.
Cornwell, I love your all job, it's amazing a form that you write, transports me a another world.
Thanks for everything, your books changed my life.
I'm from Brazil, and I hope you come to Rio de Janeiro.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
Actually I came to your site to suggest an idea for a new book, something I'd really like to have you write about. But since you cannot use any suggestions, I will hope that you will, or already have, the same idea.
I very much enjoy understanding history and your books send me back to times I have read about, but never delved in so deeply as in your books. Sometimes after reading for a long time, I feel at home in your stories.
Thank you and merry Christmas.
I just finished the last of your Sharpe series. It's 0835 in Chattanooga, TN. I have no intention of sending you any manuscripts to read, or books to sign. Although I'm incredibly content and (I suppose, ironically, given my love for the character) unhappy that Sharpe has finally settled down to a prosperous and relatively non-conflicted life,I felt the need to contact you. My infatuation for history, although paled by you're understanding of the era, has become an admiration of mine. If you get the time, or for hell's sake, the boredom, I would enjoy conversing about the joys, respect, honor, and courage that have past both of our times. Until then.
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed '1356'.
My brother recommended it to me, and it did not disappoint.