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In Jr. High I discovered CS Forester, (and Hornblower) and was disappointed when I never had the opportunity to meet him.
In adulthood I discovered Sharpe, and since have collected all your books, even those written under your pseudonym. I probably won't get to Cape Cod again, but if you are even in the west I would like to shake your hand,  I have almost forgiven you for not finishing the Civil War, though once while in Scotland I did defend you to a South Carolinian who doubted that a "Brit could know anything about the Civil War".
Thomas McGranahan, Sr., M.D

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Thank you!


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hi Bernard!

being an ex 'Green Jacket' , I was introduced to your books at an early stage.
and avidly await the next chapter in the story of Uhtred. I must say that 'Pagan Lord' was devoured in an afternoon and early evening! time to start it again..
John 'taffy' Pugh


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I'm a reader of your books and was referred to them by my polar opposite father in-law. He is a big shot lawyer from NYC and I'm a blue/green collar guy from Boston. We never agree on anything except for your books. Thanks for writing such exciting books. We both think you are awesome. Keep up the great work.
Just a one off that you might find interesting. If I remember, Machiavelli talked about the pikeman from Scotland. I have also seen them portrayed and used in other stories. Tonight I watched "Decoding Neanderthals" and thought it notable that the Neanderthals were European who fought with spears. That's it. Whatever that's worth. I am most likely Neanderthal and must go make fire. You're books are great and thank you again.

Joel Malloy

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I also read somewhere (and have no idea if it’s true) that blonde genes came from the Neanderthals. Wow, we have so much to thank them for!


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Just finished reading The Pagan Lord and wanted to thank you. You have unwittingly done me a great service. Having restored our Saxon barn built by Aefflaed, sister to Ethelflaed wide of Edmund I was disappointed that the oak I felled and used in the restoration came from my fathers farm at Nedging not Alpheton (named after Aefflaed). Your book encourage me to re-read the Ango Saxon Chronicles and I found that she had left as part of her will her lands at Nedging to a Kinswoman. I had therefore unwittingly still felled oak from her lands for use in restoring her barn for wedding uses. You have no idea how good this makes me feel. I can't wait till you reach this stage in the Saxon history and keep monitoring your books in expectation. What with the Battle of Maldon and her sister trying to murder her step sons who were heirs to the throne and so much else seems like a great plot.
Nicholas Willcocks

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What a wonderful thing to own a Saxon barn! I’m deeply jealous!


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Sir,

In Sharpe's Siege, you aver that the English rifleman were the hardest marching, most effective troops in the world, and in it's time and place, I agree with you. In a wider context, I wish to differ. I put forward the following argument. The finest rifleman are in fact my ancestors, the Boer (farmer) rifleman. As mounted infantryman, armed with the superb Mauser, no more than 60,000, kept at bay the might of the British Empire, numbering over 750,000 for nearly 3 years. My next assertion would horrify my godly "Folk". I would liken them to the American Apache and Comanche, in their mobility and intimate knowledge of terrain, as for skill at the use of a rifle, we stand back for no one! I trust you are in good health, and thank you for all the reading pleasure you have afforded me over the years.
Steven Theron

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I suspect Sharpe averred rather than me, and if you want to argue with him, you’re welcome. I’m sure no one would decry the Boers either, or the US Marines, or any number of elite troops, but one common feature of all those troops is that they all think they’re the best!

 


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Wyrd bið ful aræd

Thank you again for another riveting Uhtred novel. The final scene/paragraph ... brilliant! I love that he still spat an insult at Father Judas, even as he wept at his bedside.

I get the feeling that Uhtred Uhtredson, is a chip of the old block, and may save his old man in a few forays to reclaim the North…

More Sharpe, Uhtred and “Le Batard” please
Frank van Doeselaar


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Sir,
Well, well,well, damn, damn, damn -- now I have to hope we both stay alive long enough for the next Uhtred book to be both written and published. Caester -- went to Kings school there, walked the walls many times. You made me homesick for an evening.
Charles, Ca. USA.

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I hope so too!


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Hello,

I'd like to say that I have read almost all your books and you are a treasure.
However, if there should ever be a film adaptation of Uhtred story please, please do not let Chris Hemsworth play Uhtred as surely there simply has to be someone out there more suitable. Please do not ever let Hollywood ruin one of your greatest characters with such a ridiculous choice of actor.
Paul Kennedy


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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

My father was the family geneologist and has traced our family back to the times of the Normans in Westmorland.  He knew we had descended from the Danes, Britons, and Scots, and probably numerous other peoples that make up of fabric of the borderlands.  I never much enjoyed his writings...the names and dates really did not mean that much to me...until I read your books and you brought to these peoples to life and made my ancestors seem so much closer.  Sadly, my father passed away before I was to share his passion with him - but I will carry the torch for my descendants.  I have turned on my sons (ages 22-31) to your Saxon tales series and it has helped to begin our discussions about our ancestors in Northern England and Southern Scotland.  The surnames include: Richardson, Alden (John Alden descendant - but we believe the Aldens were from Essex) Liddle, Longmire, and Johnstone.  We also know they fought for and against the Danes, Britons, Mercians,Northumbrians, Scots, English,
Percy, Douglas, and probable the Romans and Picts before that.

Just a note acknowledging your great skill and thanking you for bringing history to a very exciting and enjoyable life!  I have not read all your Sharp's series but have read all your other books with the Archer's Tales and Saxon Chronicles  my favorites.

Thank you for making me realize that history is about people.  And while my ancestors were mostly among the unnamed soldiers in opposing armies and border raiders, your words paint a vivid picture of the times in which they lived and the events that affected their lives.  Please accept my thanks.

Kind Regards,
Tom Richardson


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Hi Mr. Cornwell,
Just finished The Pagan Lord and wanted to thank you for a wonderful series to date (Saxon Tales). I have enjoyed very much following the exploits of Uhtred and the colorful characters your gave him as companions, allies, and enemies. I have found hours of enjoyment over the years through all the books. I must say that I am quite sad to see him die, though I do appreciate you gave him a good death, a warriors death. Thanks again for a wonderful story. Looking forward to your next books!
Jeff Sogo

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Are you sure he's dead?