Thank you so much for giving someone that truly detests non-fictional history a reason to care. The way you present what may have happened, accepting the reality that Sharpe could have never been in all those places, allows those of us who may never consider history before, realize that looking back at what has come before is rarely a bad idea.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
To start I wanna apologize for possible misspelling or grammatical errors, but I just think I need to tell you how captivating and awesome are both Derfel Cadarn and Uhtred of Bebbanburg, I read all your books published in Brasil, and no doubt they are my favorite characters of all. The way you describe the battle, the feelings, and everything that surround that Warrior's lifestyle make me dive in that world and feel like a witness of their lives. Maybe these even are the best words to say how much I appreciate and love the immersion of your books, but I don't wanna get too lengthy, thank you very much for introducing so many awesome lessons and characters likewise memorable on your books and somehow make part of my life and from all your fans.
I am 67 years of age and a retired Truck driver and the reason for telling you this, is that for a trucker a lot of the time is spent waiting around either loading or un- loading. Your books have accompanied me from the furthest north (Denmark) to the furthest east (Iraq) and all of Europe for many a year. I have been engrossed in all your books for as long as you have been writing them and now that I have been retired for two years I still look forward to the next novel. I read other authors books naturally but never as many times as yours. I have just completed my 3rd reading of all the Sharpe novels from Sharpe's Tiger to Sharpe's Devil (21 books not including Skirmish or Christmas) and they have been enthralling as the first time. Many many thanks for making my reading time so enjoyable.
As with all other people who comment, I just want to say the biggest thank you for your efforts. Your books are without doubt the benchmark as fsar as I am concerned for historical fiction.
OK so to my request. I know that you state that we shouldn't send you ideas for a book however, as you are unsurpassed in this field I would appreciate it if your could bear with me for a time. Your books have taken us from the stone and bronze ages of Britain through to the Napoleonic Wars I note however that there are, in the greater scheme of things, few novels regarding the early Norman period (Sir Walter Scotts Ivanhoe excepted). It would I feel, be very interesting therefore to link the Uhtred sagas to the Hookton sagas by developing a storyline that encompasses the periods leading up to and after the conquest.
Yes I realise that you have loads on your plate but plese 'file' this era for further consideration should time become available.
Thanks again for your efforts
I have considered it, but time is short!
Loved the 1356 and was glad to meet Thomas Hookton again. On page 192 of the Hardback, "Sunflowers grew in abandoned gardens." this is a nice image, but sunflowers are a North American plant (from Wikipedia: The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas.) So it could not have been in France at this time of history.
I have read just about all the Cornwell books and always ready for more. Best.
Wow, I learn something every day! Thank you! I was struck by the number of sunflowers I saw close to Poitiers when I visited the battlefield and never thought to check that they weren’t a native plant. Thank you!
You probably don't remember, but a few years ago I asked you to consider writing a book(s) about the Black Prince and his two principal victories in France. Thank you so much for 1356, the wait was well worth it. I remain -- your most loyal reader.
Michael B. Lumbard
Col., USAF, (Ret.)
The thing I enjoy about your writing is the sparsity of your prose, that and your timing. You can teach sentence and paragraph construction, but timing...well, that's a different matter. I was just finishing up "Sword Song," the other day and I thought, isn't it a shame that we can't write as quickly as someone can read. Well, again, thank you for your art.
I am reading 1356 just after completing Agincourt. Bravo Mr. Cornwell!!! I just became aware of your work this very week and am very appreciative of your style. The subject matter is right in my wheelhouse of interest (History, Military). I am a fan of historical fiction because the writer has to be knowledgeable of the history in order to make it a worthwhile story. In addition I enjoy your efforts in describing the scenes throughout your work. It is masterful and rewarding. I hope you continue to write and not be leery of writing about events that peer even further back into history. I await no response from you. Overjoyed to have found your work,I just had to make a comment. Best wishes to your loved ones, friends and you.....
Over the past couple of weeks I have reread(again) all the Sharpe novels.Do you know a strange thing? I read them out of sequence ie Devil ,then Rifles,Siege etc.and I found myself feeling fear for Sharpe as each story evolved!! Even though I know he meets Napoleon on St Helena, In Sword I was worrying about him and scared in other novels as he faced each hurdle.That ,to me ,shows what a great author you are.I,like you now live in the US in Florida .I started on Sharpe after reading a book review for Sharpe's Sword in the Evening Standard,like you loved Hornblower and like you wanted a hero on land.Thank you for supplying him.
As a reluctant member of the kid's table at the World History Christmas party, I have traveled through this boring country of mine bemoaning the fact that the U.S. hasn't even started shaving yet, historically speaking. Worse yet, I live on the west coast where the only major historical change was the Chumash peacefully deciding that a Spanish friar made some really interesting points. All this to say, your civil war series has meant a lot to me, and has restored some of the romance that can still be found in the canyons of the southwest or driving the winding roads of the Appalachian mountains. Thanks for putting faces and souls with a part of my history that I used to take for granted. I won't tell you how I feel about sequels, but I bet you can guess. My family had a few union soldiers in Pennsylvania and at this point in the series I can't really imagine them without thinking about Moe, Larry and Curly. Thank you again for all the mornings I rolled into work half asleep because
I couldn't put a book down the night before.