Thank you..Thank you for so many hours of enjoyment fun and putting myself in your stories
As a follow up to my comments of a couple of days ago regarding the patriarchal command of history, it would be remiss of me not to uphold you as the contrarian. As a Woman I enjoy your novels because your Women (not, God forbid, your heroines) are on the spectrum from good to evil. We are beautiful; We are ugly. We are virgins; We are whores We are brave; We are cowards. We are loyal; We are traitors. In fact, Mr. Cornwell, in opposition to the single faceted Female stereotype of most popular literature, you allow your Female characters to present as fully realized persons in their own right - functioning, complex, valuable human beings. You give us Brida –lover and sorceress. Do you understand how empowering that is? You, Mr. Cornwell, give Women value and recognition of a worth rarely seen in popular literature. So, thank you! I am sure we are all sick to the molars of the phrase “feminist”, but as there hasn’t been too much else come along, I will give it to you in the best hopes we will soon have something better to give you instead. What I most want to say is – thank you, Sir, for the respect for Me that you mirror through your fictional Women.
While my Grand Daughter was reading to me tonight we discovered that the Good and Saintly Abbess Hild had, at one point, been “spread among the buttercups”. What a delightful proposition! And what a lovely reminder, among the shared giggles, that naughtiness knows no generation. I do hope the dear woman had a splendid afternoon …..
The dear woman did. I promise!
Hello Mr. Cornwell
Have read most, if not all, of your various books and always looking forward to the next one....While recently reading Sharpe's Devil, which is set from 1820 to 1821, I noticed a reference to Toronto, Ontario, whose name was not bought into being until 1834, thought I would mention this in passing. Originally from UK now residing in Toronto, which is why I felt obligated to mention this and Toronto was actually called York at that time (1793 thru 1834). Loving the Last Kingdom on TV especially series 1 and 3 thought series 2 a bit weak...
I actually knew that, so I can only assume I made a horrible mistake. Not for the first time either!
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
My name is Alex, I live in Spain and I am Italian.
I really like how you write. Now, I am reading Azincourt and it's a pure pleasure.
I usually don't read novels/fictional works. I read a lot of classical literature until when I was 21. After that (now I am 38) I usually read non-fiction (medicine, biology, history, art, science, economics, etc.). I did that because I felt a bit stupid reading fictional works. I don't want to seem rude, but this is how I felt it. I don't mean that I consider to be stupid people who read fiction. Not at all. What I mean, is that I am so ignorant, that when I read I want to learn something.
Anyway some months ago I decided to change this a bit and I started reading fictional works. Last year I published two non-fiction books. One of them was an essay about our society (I published it in Italian and I translated them into Spanish ). For this essay I did a lot of research work and I read many books which were not my main interest. Now, I need a bit of rest from "bad things", such as bad medicine, injustice in the society, etc. and therefore I decided to read for the pure pleasure of reading.
Besides, when I read your books I can also learn many things, I can expand my English vocabulary, I can learn/see how one writes in good English.
I want to tell you my story with your books. I read the first book of yours more than 20 years ago when I was a teenager. I went to a big supermarket with my mum and when we were waiting at the cash register we saw your books of the series The Warlord Chronicles (Il romanzo di Excalibur in Italian). My mum asked me if I wanted the first book. I nod and so, every two weeks she bought me one of the fives tomes (in Italian the books are 5 instead of 3). I spent a beautiful summer reading those books. I still have them in one of my bookshelves here in Spain. I didn't know who Bernard Cornwell was, and actually I didn't care much. At the time I was only captured by the beautiful stories. Besides, in the mid 90s I hadn't never used the Internet yet.
More than 20 years passed and last year I read your non-fiction book about Waterloo. I wanted to read a book about this battle and I found yours very interesting. So, I chanced upon your name again and I remembered it from my youth. I did a research about you and I decided to start reading your books. Actually, I didn't know if I liked them. When I read your first books I was a teenager and I read the translation in Italian. Now, I only read in the original language (when I know it). I am a linguist (freelance translator and proofreader) and I thought that maybe now I could have a different taste or see things in a different way.
I bought several books form different authors to see how they write and if I like them. I bought the Trilogy on Scipio Africanus by Santiago Posteguillo in Spanish, the first tome of Fantômas in French, The daughter of Time in English, The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez Reverte in Spanish and your Azincourt in English. I am reading it and I find it wonderful.
I can say that I am really a fan of yours. I had a great pleasure when I read The Warlord Chronicles in Italian in my teenage years, but now that I am reading Azincourt in English the pleasure is even bigger. I thank you for that.
Today I bought Gallows Thief and Sharp'es Tiger and I think that many others will follow.
Thank you again for these beautiful books.
Thank you for your kind message!
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I am writing to tell you that I feel like I am one of your biggest fans. I am sure you hear that often, but it's very true. I have been reading historical fiction for a very long time, but you're my favorite writer. Your stories are so vivid and drag me in. They're just fantastic. My favorite series is the Saxon Stories. They're absolutely amazing. Uhtred is one of my favorite characters. I especially enjoy The Last Kingdom on Netflix. My wife and I watch it and she just loves it. I also love history and I have always found Anglo-Saxon history to be woefully neglected. It's such an interesting period in history. I enjoy the poetry, language, and culture.
Anyways, I'm a huge fan and I enjoy your writing. My parents have watched the Last Kingdom on Netflix too. It's kind of funny because my mom is going to Cape Cod for vacation in July. She is hoping that she might run into you, but I told her not to keep her hopes up. I told her that you also have a home in Charleston and she was envious because Charleston is such a lovely city.
I'll leave it at that. I wish you continued success and I will keep an eye out for future works. I'm excited to hear from you.
I have been researching my family's history and was very surprised to find that the Dundas clan descended from Uhtred The Bold. I had watched "The Last Kingdom" on Netflix numerous times and loved it, but now re-watching it, I see it in a new light. I definitely have to buy your books and read them. I was also surprised that you had written the Sharpe books. When I was much younger, I would watch the Sharpe series on TV and I loved them. I'll have to buy those books as well!
Ian Dundas - descendant of Uhtred...
Before TMB gets to either of us, my husband and I would like to say thank you for Uhtred, for his integrity and resolve, his nobility and humor. We have read the whole series and watched The Last Kingdom twice. It is hard to picture Alexander Dreymon as an old warrior but we hope to live to see it. May the Christian God and the old gods bless you for the enjoyment you have added to our lives❣
I thought this would be of particular interest to you if it is not already.
Who knows if you'll actually look in there but it is worth a browse or 2.
I have thoroughly loved your tales of the Saxon (but Danish raised) Uhtred, as well as your tales of the Warlord Chronicles! Your tone is so quite historically correct for the times that you write in, that as an armature historian I greatly appreciate. In America, we are taught more of the Roman-Greco influences of history, or of the Tudors and the Stuarts, with only a foot note of Alfred and his importance to what is now modern England. I am thankful that an author, such as yourself, was willing to tell the more frank story of how the "English" people came to be. Considering that the Anglo-Saxon peoples created nations in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, your stories give a hint to the drive and expansion to this interestingly unique Teutonic tribe. Though I would love to see you dive into the tale of the Anglo-Saxons fight for independence in the State of Texas against the Spanish culture of Santa Anna's Mexico, I understand that an author has only so much creative juice, as well as hours in a day. Whatever, your next project is, I truly pray that it be a continuing success for you and your family. Blessings and shade from Texas!