What an ending! Just finished The Pagan Lord, and absolutely cannot wait for the next instalment. You'll have been told this a million times but you have such a gift for writing and for making history come alive. I live in West Hagbourne in Oxfordshire and it's supposedly named after a Saxon soldier called Hacca! Also in around 895 King Alfred exchanged bits of land - including Hagbourne - with the Bishop of Winchester. So you can see why I find this particular series of books compelling! However I have also read and re-read The Warlord Chronicles, the Grail Quest series, Azincourt, 1356 and Stonehenge. Along with so many other fans can I plead that you never stop writing!!
I wanted to write by hand as there is much more elegance in the hand written word, but am grateful I have the opportunity to thank you through this modern medium.
Your books have re-ignited my passions for writing, reading and also re-forming my true passions- which are so easily lost in this materialistic and confusing world.
I have always been a fan of adventure stories and adored the 'Sharpe' series and books such as Last of the Moheicans'. I have always loved to write and for the past ten years endeavoured to write 'Literary fiction' and constantly failed.
It was recently when I picked up "stonehenge" that I had an epiphany that I was aiming for something false to myself, and my passion and excitement lies within historical fiction and adventure. I feel so much better knowing this and have started to write my first novel set in 55 BC England. I hope to send you a copy when it is published.
Thank you so much for writing your wonderful stories, they are literally life changing and life enhancing for me. I'm half way through Azincourt at the moment and I think Nicholas Hook is my favourite literary character ever!
I am a stonemason by trade and was trained at worcester cathedral where i worked for 8 years. This place grew my fascination and distaste for war and religion, but I loved the history of the place- the visible mutilations of statues during the reformation, the West door which once had a marauding Viking's skin flayed across it as warnings to others, the egdar tower where the war was lost and gave the city the motto "the faithful city" …which also puts me at odds as I'm a staunch republican. I'm passionate about these stories, about the in- justice and vile behaviour of the church - maybe because I was raised in a fundamentalist religion (christadelphians). Anyway, your books and your words in interviews about your similar grievances and distaste has given me vision and encouragement to write from the heart and create something timeless, honest, and illuminating for myself firstly and hopefully for others.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your books and also books from others you inspired such as Giles Kristian, whose Raven saga I enjoyed.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!
I look forward to seeing your published book! Best of luck!
I have been teaching Social Studies at a small upstate NY public high school for the past 34 years. I would like to thank you for making History the "Grand Story" that it is. So often History is left to the dry tomes that do so little to bring the past alive. I have come to think of the Historical Novel as a wonderful way to keep History alive and interesting. Thank you for your hard work.
Hi in 08 high pressure job etc got to me unfortunately i came out of the coma with a third of my iq gone. Had to re learn to read on my own with a dictionary & ive been slowly reading your books for 3 yrs now. Part of my degree was history so love the way you paint pictures i struggle with making myself. Being from a family with a 7th century saxon name im looking fwd to starting the last kingdom (bit ocd so cant start a book till ive got them all & have next to last to find). Anyway thank you.
I hope you'll continue to get better!
You is fantastic. Or as they say in Brasil: '' Você é genial ''. And please, come to Brasil in '' Bienal do Livro '' what happens on August in São Paulo.
Thank you. I loved my visit to Brazil a number of years ago - hopefully I will get back there one of these days!
After just finishing The Pagan Lord, I gathered from the Historical Note that you're writing another Uhtred story. After confirming it here on your website, I will now go to bed with a smile on my face. Thank you, and I'll be waiting!
P.S. You must be a funny guy! Uhtred's wit and humor are priceless. Take care.
Dear Mr Cornwell,
My name is Leah. I just wanted to say that I much enjoy reading your books, especially the Sharpe series which I started reading in the final months of my Masters degree. Sharpe has prompted me towards a great interest in the Peninsular War. I have always loved history in general, but thank you for helping me to discover more about this period. I have just begun The Pale Horseman which I'm really enjoying as I have temporarily run out of Sharpe novels! Anyway, I love your work and please do keep writing more.
All the best,
I'm from the British West Indies... and have lived in England for years... I live and breathe the History of Britain.... and your Saxon Warlord Chronicles are just awesome!!!! Uthred of Babbenburgh is the ultimate Warrior!!!! I have also lived in Scandinavia and have a healthy respect for the Vikings.... but give me the Saxons any day!!! ( I also have a son by a Saxon lady....and he is in the British army... ) Yes I adore Saxon AND Viking women!!! I sure do look forward to your next Novel continuing the Saga of our Uthred.... ( Yes he killed them All.... Ubba... by the sea... Sigurd.... and of course Swordmaster Cnut.... Uhtred is simply The Greatest!!!!!
I am about half way through The Pagan Lord and thought it was about time I thanked you for your many historical novels, which have given me so much pleasure.
I've spent the warm months at my home in Eastham for 44 years.Many years ago, I presume on the strength of my published poetry books and individual poems published in many places including 17 in The New York Times. I was asked by "Books In the World" to interview you on the local cultural TV station.I declined respectfully because I had not read enough of your vast output to feel I could justify an interview.
Subsequently I have labored to mine the remarkable compendium of unique books that you have written.So I must state that your erudition, narrative gift, psychological insight and lyrical descriptions are matchless among historical novelists. Moreover, as one familiar with close quarter combat both in military and civilian life, I believe you have no equal in addressing that area, I am grateful for all the knowledge and unique pleasure your books have given me.
Martin C.Rosner, M.D
Thank you very much! I shall now mine your output and I’m sure I’ll receive even more pleasure. Thank you!