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Dear Bernard

I think this article will be of interest to you. One thing often said is a Rifle is slow to load but this article on Patrick Fergurson (of Kings Mountain fame) and his Breech Loading Rifle puts paid to that. He could fire 7 Rounds per minute. Howe was not a fan of his though and had it stopped. Though Clinton was a fan of his and brought him back





I'd first like to say what books of yours I have, all thirteen saxon stories, all three books from the Grail quest and 1356, all three warlord chronicles, rebel and copperhead and also the first eight Sharpe books. I'm also reading Azincourt at the moment. I'd also like to say thank you because if it wasn't for your Uhtred I probably wouldn't have read as much as I now have. So again I sincerely thank you.



P.s I'm waiting for Gallows thief as well.


Hello, I have really enjoyed reading your last kingdom series I have followed along with the tv series your are very talented writer.

Pete Dodson


I want to inform you about my poster exhibition, "Napoleon at the Movies," which opened today.


Here is the link: https://mofa.fsu.edu/napoleon-at-the-movies/?fbclid=IwAR2WDD6-hLiAWQzRk1Tbd0-PMtywl22mLY8yefGN_alFXSYv1kCSC4Kg7PA


Here is the schedule:


Opening Reception – Thursday, September 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Guest Scholar Talk & Tour with Angelina Lippert (PosterHouse, NYC) – Thursday, September 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Guest Scholar Talk & Tour with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze (LSU – Shreveport / Noel Collection) – Thursday, October 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Saturday Family Day / “Make It with MoFA” (Film Posters) – Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (date TBD)


Closing Day – Saturday, October 30 (exhibition closes at 4:00 p.m.)


I’m trying to arrange a screening of a film or two about Napoleon during the exhibition’s run.

Michael Creswell


Looks like fun for anyone near Tallahassee Florida!  Or click on the link above to take a look at the Gallery.


Dear Bernard,

I just wanted to say that your stories are some of the best I have ever read in my life. Whenever I read your books the characters and stories really come to life in my imagination and many times I keep thinking back about your books. Thanks for the great stories and please keep on writing them.

Kind regards,

Tim van Leeuwen


Your correspondent Louise Hoare referred to her hero Harry Smith in her recent post. I expect you both know this already, but thought I'd mention it anyway.The towns of Harrismith and Ladysmith in South Africa are named after him and his wife Juana. They're about 80 kms apart, on either side of Van Reenen's Pass, on the main road between Johannesburg and Durban. Several other towns are linked to them, but those are the main ones.

Martyn Kerr


I wanted to let you know that you have had company through most of quarantine. I'm a big fan of the last Kingdom and decided to read the book after seeing the show. I am now on book 10 and almost finished.

I'm having anxiety that I'm gonna lose my friend Uhtred. It's a wonderful story. Thank you

Robin Banchik


In 1995 I was getting on a plane in London to come back to my home in Virginia, USA from a vacation in England.  I was a typical bored teenager until I saw "The Winter King" on a rack there.  Truth be known I just thought it was cool at first to see my last name on a book.  My father, who is also a great reader of history, told me that he would buy me the book if I shut up on the flight home, all 6 hours of it.  Little did he know that buying me that one book ignited a love of both reading and history that has served me well for many years.  I still have all of the Arthur Books in print but as you can imagine The Winter King is looking a bit rough so I also have the books on Kindle.

I just wanted to thank you for your amazing works.  They have been my best friends over these years and have kept me company both when I was deployed with the military and the long hours working shift work as a police officer.

Now, I'm going back to reading Enemy of God.

Thank you,

Amanda Cornwell


I’m so glad we share a surname and that the coincidence caused you to read The Winter King. Thank you! And I’m always pleased when readers like that book, and its two successors, because they were a joy to write. So again, thank you!


Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I spent 17 years researching and writing about two categories of Iowans who dissented against authority.  The first group was residents of Grinnell, Iowa, who helped fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad.  The second category was Iowa residents who left that state and served the Confederacy.  My research culminated in my book, Iowa Confederates in the Civil War.

As you can imagine, I was very interested in the Nathaniel Starbuck series.  But I was enthralled by your Saxon Tales.

I am considering writing historical fiction.  Thank you very much for your specific suggestions for beginning novelists.

On a more personal note, I was raised in a Christian home and attended two very conservative churches when I was growing up.  I understand from your writing (and interviews) that you had very hurtful, or even traumatic, experiences related to church and those you lived with as a child.  I experienced a great deal of hurt and shame in my devout churchgoing family.  It's remarkable that, in spite of your experiences, you wrote -- in Crackdown -- the most beautiful description of a Christian's hope of heaven that I have ever read.

I salute you for your mastery of storytelling and for sharing such pleasurable stories.

Best wishes,

Dave Connon, Earlham, Iowa



Thank you!


M. Cornwell

I have read all your books except the Sharpe’s série. I don’t know why. I started last month and am now at Gold.


Thank you very much for all the wonderful hours I spent inside your imagination.

Jean-Claude Basque (75 yrs)