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Just finished reading the Heretic. It was as usual, great. However, some of the swearing made me flinch. I realize that these characters are cold bloodthirsty killers, but to be afraid of God as they were, their language is direct blasphemy at best. It's hard to believe they would swear to god as they did in the Heretic. All that aside, keep it up. I can"t wait to see what Thomas does next. Yours truly, Sherwood Perkins

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Swearing has two sources, religious and you know what, and all the evidence suggests that blasphemy was extremely common. The French nickname for the English was 'les goddams' because of their propensity to say 'God damn'. Bloody is from 'by our lady'. That which we hold most dear makes for the most effective swear words, otherwise they would have no shock value, and our ancestors were just as foul-mouthed as modern soldiers.


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g,day sir. i have read most of your books including the Arthur books 3 times. I consider them the finest stuff I have read. Is there any art, prints or posters available on the characters and what would Derfel's shield look like? I think that might make an interesting tatoo. Cheers Cliff Collins

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I don't know of any - but I like the idea, thank you.


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I first came across your work when my farther gave me a copy of the Winter King.That was a year ago and I havn't been without one of your novels since. I find your work compelling and steeped in history. I find when I finish books I miss the characters, so I will not ask THE question, I will beg, please continue the Starbuck Chronicles. All that is left to say is thanks for feeding my imagination as you do so many others, keep up the good work. Adam Johnson

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I promise to consider your plea.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, having read Gallows thief over the Christmas Holiday and then reading some of the recent comments in the "your questions" section about it making a good Sunday night TV programme, I'm sorry but this book has got to go to the big screen. Robert Carlyle is taylor made for the lead role of Rider Sandman. In fact I can imagine a queue of British actors a mile long. Hope it happens!!! Stephen Lamb

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So do I!


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Dear Mr Cornwell, Please don't stop writing about Thomas of Hookton, you are the only writer I know that writes decent Historical books and I am Desperate to read Poitiers. I Beg you to reconsider stopping this book. I was really excited about your new book so Please continue writing it. I know this message is pathetic but you are the only Historical writer I like. Please finish the book. Alexander Fredrick Verrall

Hi Mr Cornwell. Just finished reading the 3rd book in The Grail Quest series. A brilliant book. Thank you for writing it. But what bothers me is that Thomas' tales are over. Please tell me you have not finished with Thomas as he is a great character in a fantastic time of our history. Cheers Trev.

Dear Mr. Cornwell. Please, please, PLEASE reconsider your regretable decision to scrap the fourth Thomas of Hookton novel. I don't think his character is depleted at all, and I would wager that the vast majority of your fans would side with me on this. We haven't complained about twenty Sharpe novels, have we? Having two of the three major battles of the Hundred Years War (Crecy and Poitiers) only ten years apart just begs for Thomas to be at both. Even if the end of the Grail quest was an ending for Thomas, it could be a new beginning as well, just as the end of the Indian trilogy was not the end of Sharpe's career. Anyway, I am extremely upset by your decision, and I really hope you will give it some more consideration. Alan Kempner

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I have put that book aside for now and am working on something else, but I may go back to it in the future.


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Don't forget Canada should the opportunity arise to visit. Don't forget to include (a la Skirmish) costs to Canadians for cheques to you. I am still hungry;it is good to know you are still writing historically ! Brian Case

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I plan to be in Canada in early May. Details to be posted on the Diary page in the near future.


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Hi Mr. Cornwell!! I'm from Brazil and I'm a great fan of yours! I've written you before to tell you the great happiness I've felt reading the Arthur books! Now I'm writing to say that I'm adoring "The Grail Quest"!! I've read Harlequin and Vagabond, and I'm just waiting the third book!! Please, keep doing your wonderful job! As a big fan I would surely thank you a lot!!! Mayra Iwakura

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And I thank you a lot for your kind message.


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How about this for an idea - following from Sharpe, a book following Harper post the wars - can't remember off the top of my head whether Harper goes into stud farming or opens a pub, but plenty of scope for adventure in Ireland against his true enemy! Marcos

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Sounds interesting, but not in my plans at the moment.


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, RE: Canadian book tour, May 3-7 ish... I read the diary section and saw that you are planning a trip to Canada for the new Sharpe book. I live in the US but travel to Canada frequently...do you know when you might be in Montreal or Toronto? Also, any book signing locations/times announced yet? Please advise at your convenience, Regards, Kelly Dudgeon

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Don't have the details yet, but they'll get posted to the Diary page as soon as I receive them.


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Bernard I have been a fan of the Sharpe novels for some time having been exposed to them in the UK through the TV adaptations. I have recently read Harlequin and felt compelled to write. This is the best historical novel I have read. I am an archer myself and the way you have characterised the archers in the book I fely complete empathy and understanding with them. Are you an archer yourself? I have just started Vagabond and look forward to reading Heretic in due course. Have you any more plans regarding the 100 years war. A facanating period that you have brought to life superbly. Best Wishes. Michael Baxter

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I am not an archer - although I have given it a try (with little success, I might add) but I am glad to know you enjoyed Harlequin and I do hope you will like the rest of the series as well. Thanks for writing.