Dear Mr. Cornwell,
Some lines stay stuck in my mind; for example, in the movie “The Professionals,” Lee Marvin’s great repartee when called a bastard: “In my case, an accident of birth; but you, sir, you’re a self-made man.”
Another memorable line that keeps continuously running through my mind comes from your book, SHARPE’S HONOUR: (pages 189, etc., in my paperback) Ducos informs Sharpe that the sadistic (?) Sergeant Lavin “has long wanted [to fight] an Englishman. “
The story expands, and Major Sharpe shares with the French General later at the end of that chapter:
Sharpe: “Tell this eunuch [Lavin] he got his wish.”
French General: . . . “His wish, M’sieu?”
Sharpe: “He wanted an Englishman. He got one.”
That little exchange you wrote keeps spinning in my head. Ahhhh, Mr. Cornwell! Your writing is SOMETHING ELSE! Needless to say, as others have said, you give the reader vast enjoyment!
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
first off I would like to apologize in advance my bad english. I live in Hamburg germany with my family. My wife and me love your books, particularly the saxxon stories. Really fantastic.
Only want to let you know that you bring a lot of people so many inspiration &joy, And hope you know that you have so many fans in germany.
Wish you and your family happy x-mas and a happy new year.
And may the mankind be more human in the future.
With best regards from Hamburg,
The Eldred Family own/operate the Auction house in East Dennis and are family on my wife's side. Our connection to the Cape reaches back a ways with many other folks. We were just there again in May...connecting with family from there to Florida while we still could. Wonderful drive. We live in Oregon.
I am an avid reader of your works. My wish is that your writing could change some of history and mythology. I am in book two of Arthur...just wish you could fix things retroactively with words. I am not proud of anything done in the name of any deity...just wish man could think instead of passing the blame and hope somewhere else.
I admire your works...please keep it up.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
Thank you. Thank you for inspiring me to read historical fiction and be able to write my own stories. I have a deep passion for history. From Medieval history to Chinese history, Roman History to American history and lastly the history of Japan. I love learning about history and reading history. I remember in my sophomore year of high school that my uncle gave me one of your books called Agincourt. I didn't know what to expect at first, but after reading a few pages, I was instantly hooked. Since then I have been reading the Starbuck Chronicles, 1356, The Fort and now book five of the Last Kingdom saga. Reading your books has inspired me to read other historical fiction by authors such as Alan Smale, Katherine Ashe, David Gibbins, and Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It has also inspired me to take up writing and create my works of historical fiction. Though I am an amateur writer, reading your stories have helped me better understand the use of combining historical facts with fictional elements to help make the story flow properly, but not losing sight of its historical roots.Once I have finished writing them, I plan to get them published. When that happens I hope you get a chance to read them.
Again, thank you for these stories you have written, stories that many of us find fascinating and enjoyable. I wish you the very best on the Last Kingdom saga and the BBC series. Hopefully, I get a chance to meet you and thank you in person.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year,
I look forward to reading your stories - good luck!
Dear Mr Cornwell
I wanted to send you a quick note to say that I have just finished all 10 novels in the Last Kingdom Series back to back. I was mesmerised by them and couldn't put them down. Uhtred is such a wonder character and I'm desperate to read about his next adventures. I love history and you’ve now given me a new period in our countries history to further read about. Thank you for keeping me entertained for the last couple of months.
Just finished viewing the "Last Kingdom" t.v. series. While I found it entertaining, I fear that it was a pale reflection on the excellent books that you wrote. I do hope that future t.v. series (if any) stays a lot closer to the stories and chronological order..
I love historical fiction but as a busy mom and college student am out of the loop. I did, eventually, discover you through the TV show. As I came upon a much needed break from school I started reading the Arthur books... Well, thank you. You have a skill and talent for what you do. Maybe it's sad to say this, yet it is true... You have ripped me from my distractions and technologies and brought me back to reality. You have mastered the art of taking real life history and making it real life. For one, the first book wraps up eternal politics perfectly... Yes, even our "civilized" politics. And, in my humble opinion, Derfel outshines Arthur, Galahad, and even Lancelot in a romantic view. The people, problems and truths have not changed. So, again, thank you for taking this homeschooling, home bound, fervent student to another world... The real one, the world we try to ignore or put in our past. You are the Merlin of your skill.
Greetings from MONTANA!
I am a '62' year old Grandmother who loves history. A few weeks ago I watched on Netflix The Last Kingdom. I saved the last episode just because I did not want it to end. Then discovered your books! Bought 4 only to realize there are 10. Currently I am slowly reading The Flame Bearer. I don't want it to end! But I hear there is a season 2 for The Last Kingdom so that is encouraging. In all honesty I have never enjoyed a series or author as much as you. Sharon Kay Penman has dropped to second place! THANK YOU for what you do to bring we readers and history lovers such pleasure. Your talent is amazing!
BEST WISHES FOR 2017!
I am sorry so many people apparently want something from you that the message was necessary.
I want nothing but to express my gratitude to you for The Saxon Tales. I have loved every minute of the adventure! I felt myself as a fly on an ancient wall as the saga unfolded. I fell into the story as if I were there. It has been an absolutely wonderful escape.
I think my next trip will be The Grail Quest, and I am confident I will not be disappointed in my travels.
I bet you get requests like this all the time but I would dearly love to read the rest of Nate Starbuck's story and discover the ultimate fate of the Faulkner Legion in the War between the States. I have been a fan of your novels for many, many years.I actually moved to your novels thru the novels of David Gemmel (some leap, right!) I was into Dungeons and Dragons as a youngster and David Gemmel's battle scenes especially the Nadir's great assault against Dros Delnoch actually seized me like nothing I had ever read. Someone suggested that your battle scenes were even more realistic and blood curdling. They were right and I discovered Sharpe. To quickly find you had written your own take on the Arthurian legend was balm to my soul. Not to flatter but I believe you to have been the most influential author of my formative literary years. I have been a lover of historical fiction (especially the adventurous sort) ever since. Sharon Penman, Newt Gingrich, George MacDonald Fraser (I absolutely adore Flashman, along with Richard Sharpe and Roland of Gilead they are my literary heroes) and many others but I have always retained my soft spot for your characters. When a reader gets to know a character as well as one can get to know Sharpe the afterthought (if you like) novels are sometimes the most welcome. I sadly thought we had seen the end of Sharpe after his adventures in South America and the end of the Napoleonic Wars. I was honestly over joyed when I saw Sharpes Tiger, in fact for me the Indian novels of the series, the prequels I guess were some of the best. It may be just the nostalgia having thought the story over but whatever the reason I always thing of the Indian novels when I think of Sharpe now. I have recently taken to listening to the Audible versions of the Sharpe novels now the Starbuck Chronicles. In the case of Nate and his story you don't need to look for more scenario's they are already there. I assumed it would follow the one or two battles per novel model throughout the glorious history of the fabled Army of Northern Virgina, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville and all the way through to the dreadful onslaught of the Wilderness and the dismal siege of Petersburg. His story is crying out to be told and I have tears in my eyes asking, hoping for his return. Whatever the outcome of my request I wish you a merry Xmas, a happy New Year and I thank you for many many hours of excitement, suspense and drama throughout the last 35yrs. Keep up the good work.