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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I just finished reading War Lord. Knowing that it will be last book of Uhtred's stories I was worrying how would it be ended. Probably kill him in a last big fight or what else. But you solved this very very elegantly. Brilliant.....

I admire the great work you had to make to discover and to show the historical background.

I own all of your books and am looking forward to read your next one.

For that work I wish good health and all the best for you.

Hegedüs

Hungary


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Hello Mr Cornwell,

I just finished reading War Lord and wanted to send you a message and tell you how much I've appreciated your writing and books over the years. I discovered the Sharpe's books in the library when I was 14 and was instantly hooked and have loved all your books ever since. As someone who was raised in an extremist religious cult similar to your own upbringing, I found your story relatable in that way as well. When I was 17 I would rent the VHS tapes of the Sharpe's series from the library and, since we didn't own a TV, would watch them on a camcorder, using headphones and a 1" monochrome viewfinder while hiding in the closet.

Without sounding like an obsessed fan, I designed a tattoo of Wyrd Bid Ful Aræd which I have and have been wearing a hammer myself since 2012. While I'm an atheist myself, I enjoy the symbol much for the same reason Uhtred proudly displays it: it upsets the radical Christians who find it offensive.

It is with sadness that Uhtred's tale is finished but the countless hours I have spent reading his and Sharpe's, Thomas', and more's journeys is indescribable and I cannot express my thanks enough. You are the gold standard when it comes to historical fiction. Whether it was helping a young teen cope with his oppressive upbringing or now today just disappearing from the world a bit, you've given me countless hours of enjoyment. Thank you!

Michael Vogel

 

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Thank you!


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Dear Mr Cornwell,

Thank you for reviving interest in the founding battle of our great nation.

I don't care, however, for the reference to Cumbria. Surely anachronistic.

Kind regards,

Gerald Morgan

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It is anachronistic, but useful. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle called it Cumbraland, but that was a larger area than the modern Cumbria, which I preferred because it describes the geography more accurately.


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GDAY MATE

HEARD A REPORT THAT YOU WILL BE WRITING MORE ADVENTURES ABOUT A 'RETIRED' MR SHARPE.  MAYBE HE WILL MAKE IT TO THE COLONY OF NSW AND SORT OUT SOME CROOKS!

ALL THE BEST AND DONT SPILL THE INK!

KEITH FLACK

CANBERRA  ACT


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Hi Bernard.

I sat by the fire on a wet Cumbrian day finishing War Lord and marking the end of a thoroughly enjoyable 15 years.  The last book is terrific - I couldn’t put it it down! I had worried.....

My schoolboy history bizarrely also started at 1066 (and portrayed William as the conquering hero!) and so finding out about Alfred and the Anglo Saxons has been a great pleasure over the last decade. Uhtred led me to Pollards excellent biography of Alfred alongside other books, exhibitions, museums, muddy battlefields, ruins in car parks (Aelflaed) and deepened my love and fascination with history.

 

So let me thank you for the journey, give a fond farewell to Uhtred and look forward to seeing the next (excellent) installment on Netflix.

 

James


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Mr. Cornwell,

I suppose the end had to come at some stage. Had I known it was the War Lord, I would have read more slowly. Not easy with such compelling words.

Thanks for such a thrilling series.

Robert Bage


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Just wanted to pass along my gratitude for your great work, and the countless hours of reading joy your books have given me and many others to whom I've spread the word. Sharpe's Tiger may be the best gift I've ever received (though it sat on the shelf for a couple years before I decided to give it a try), as it started my Cornwell journey which likely won't end until I've read them all. Just finished the Starbuck books and thankfully still have War Lord and several of your other books to look forward to.. I know you get this ALL the time, but it sure would be satisfying to see Blythe get his comeuppance if you ever feel the urge to return to Starbuck and the Civil War! After the Sharpe and Saxon series, you surpassed the brilliant Patrick O'Brian as my favorite author. By the way, O'Brian's biography by Tolstoy is a fascinating and highly recommended read. I wish you health and happiness and hope the joy of writing stays with you for many more years! Thank you!!

Craig Darden


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I would like to express my gratitude for the many books you have created. In particular, I have enjoyed that Sharpe's Rifles, Warlord Chronicles. and the Saxon Tales series. I like that you incorporator  so much history in your tales and then reveal what is historical and what is not. I have read all these books at least twice from begging to end and find that I learn something new each time.

 

My family came from England (great grandparents on one side and grandparents and mother on the other) They lived in Lancashire and Yorkshire. I have been interested in the Arthur Legend for many years.I had the opportunity to travel extensively in the UK and Western Europe while working on the 2000 / 2001 Ford Transit program and visited many of the areas associated with Arthur, Uhtred, and Sharpe.

 

George Ruck

 

PS: My nephew, who is also a big fan,  has named his first daughter after Ceinwyn of P{owys.

 


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I have just finished War Lord, and have, of course read all of your books. All I can say is thank you very much. How anyone can write a full length novel, never mind dozens is beyond me. We recently visited Bamburgh for the first time, and were mightily impressed. I sometimes fantasise about the fact that whatever year I think of, then my ancestors were there.I wonder if any of them were ever part of a shield wall. I hope so. On my fathers side I would imagine they would be Mercians. I still live in the Midlands, not far from Tamworth, so still a Mercian. Once again thank you, and keep up the good work.

Peter.

 


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THANK YOU!!!

I've just finished reading War Lord. I found The Pale Horseman while on a solo trip to the UK in 2008 and have been totally hooked ever since. I've a BA in Anthropology/ Archaeology and appreciate the detail you've provided with this fabulous series. I have to admit I cried all the way through the epilogue knowing there is no more Uhtred.

Thank you again for all the effort, time and patience.

 

Jen