Your Questions

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Dear Mr Cornwell,

Could you tell me the origin of Oengus Mac Airem in your Arthurian trilogy. My knowledge of the Demetae Irish kings sequence is Aeda Brosc 375, Triffyn Farfog 405, Aircol Lawhir 435 and Vortepir 465. Is Oengus your creation?

Thanks,

John

A

I wrote the books so long ago that I don’t remember, but am almost certain Oengus was my creation.


Q

Hello.

I was wondering what happened to Jane Sharpe, and if you had planned on writing a story with her in it.

Thank you, hope you're well and safe

Robert Feld.

A

I don't know what happened to poor Jane Sharpe, but I imagine nothing good!


Q

Hi Bernard

Do you think Richard could return or is he out to pasture in France, I know his son is kicking around somewhere but do you have any idea if he or a descendant could return??

Brian Ives

A

The next book I write will be a Sharpe book!


Q

Dear Mr Cornwell

I am looking forward to you latest book that is coming out in October.

How many more books will there be until we get to Brunanburh?

Sue Brown

A

My next book. War Lord, is the 13th and final book of The Last Kingdom series.


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Hello, Bernard!

I'm a big fan of yours. I wonder about one thing: The Uhtred character was based on a real person named Uhtred?

Thank you very much! Hugs from a fan from Brazil!

Igor

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My ancestor was Uhtred of Bebbanburg, but the truth is we know very little about him other than he lived at Bebbanburg as his father and grandfather had done. So my tales of him are pure invention!


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Dear Bernard

 

I have a couple of questions for you.

Firstly I have just watched The Outlaw King on Netflix, have you ever considered going into the the Scottish wars of independence? Your soft spot for Irish soldiers could be really useful in this period.

Secondly

I love the Saxon Stories, I am sad, but also understand that all good things must end eventually. Sharpe is next, brilliant! Is this the last Sharpe? I would love to read Old Sharper gets invited to the Waterloo banquet and comes face to face with the Prince of Orange once again. Hinting that it was he who wounded him at Waterloo! That would be very funny.

All the best.

Terry

P. S. Its thanks to you that I got into historical fiction, and I hope my debut novel will be released end of next year.

A

I never have, and probably never will. I’ve learned never to say never, and just did, but I like to write about events and era that interest me, and somehow I’ve never been inspired by Scotland’s wars of independence. My loss, no doubt, but there it is.

 

I suspect this is the last Sharpe, though I did leave a gap in his adventures that perhaps I’ll fill one day. I don’t know. I somehow doubt that Sharpe will meet Silly Billy again, though I suspect his guilt in the attempted assassination is fairly widely suspected.


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I'm re-reading The Fort after a several year hiatus. As with all of your books, I find myself looking up place names, locations etc. on Google maps as I move along.

 

After the fleet departs Boston, the leaders of the expedition anchor and meet in Townsend. I cannot locate either a Townsend NH or a Townsend ME. I live in Princeton Ma, a bit southwest of Townsend MA. It would take a substantial high tide to put in there.

 

Is this a town that changed it's name later on or am I just suffering a  mild case of the stupids?

 

Also, from a Sharpes book; 'An' howitzer? 'An' Bibi? Is that a British thing? I'm not being critical, you're the professional. I lived for some time in London so I understand the subtle differences. As I read those words, my fifth grade English teacher leaped fifty some years into the future and rapped me on the knuckles.  Just a curiosity.

 

Hope all is well.

 

Cheers!

MP

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I’m sure you’re not stupid!  And it’s entirely my fault for not making clear that Townsend was the old name for Boothbay Harbor. I’m not sure when the name Townsend was abandoned, but it was certainly in use during the Revolutionary War.

 

I imagine ‘an Bibi’ is a mistake, but I’ve often seen ‘an howitzer’, even ‘an hotel’ or ‘an historical-novel’. It’s a pronunciation thing, some British accents drop the initial ‘h’, and thus ‘an’.

 


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Dear Mr Cornwell.

Thank you for the very enjoyable books I've read over the years .

Your books and adaptations have renewed my interest in history to what it was when I was early into school. Local to me are Broadclough Dykes which have long been thought to be part of the battle. However present concensus is that it happened on the Wirral . Regardless the dykes (which I still haven't been too even though its only 20 mins away). are close so I started looking at old maps of the area . Lockdown has given me time to study the way I wish  had in younger days .I found a map by going off in tangents as you do on the net which is from a book in 1909 which shows the area where the battle was alleged to have been fought and even discusses buildings which were recently demolished to build a factory (1909 recent ) The Old Danes House where it was said that King Anlaf rested on his way to the Battle.

below is a sample text

 

We are told that Anlaf entered the camp as a spy, and ascertaining the position of Athelstan's tent, formed the night attack for the purpose of destroying him. Athelstan, however, leaving for another part of his position on the Brun, gave Wersthan, Bishop of Sherborne, the command.

 

I would not be so presumptuous to send you all the link as you may be very familiar with this. However if it is something you haven't seen and are interested in reading I can copy the link to you.

The book covers Vikings in Lancashire and Yorkshire and the perspective is from over a hundred years ago.

My plan is to go for a look around the area there are roman roads on the 1909 map that aren't on any recent maps of suspected roman roads and any army from York would come through the valleys either side of the penines rather than travel further south closer to enemy territory.

A long winded way of asking advice on research but when you have been researching the fact behind your stories have you found any sources better than others ?

Regards

Glenn P Gavan   Haslingden Lancashire

 

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By far the best source is Michael Livingston’s book ‘The Battle of Brunanburh, a Casebook’, published by Liverpool University Press in 2011. I believe Michael Livingston will be publishing another, perhaps more accessible, book on the battle with Osprey soon. As far as research on the Wirral you cannot do better than get in touch with Wirral Archaeology - https://wirralarchaeology.weebly.com/about-us.html - who have been exploring the Roman road layout for years! They’re a very approachable and friendly group!

 


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Dear mr. Cornwell,

In the Netherlands, season 4 of the Last Kingdom is broadcast by BBC first. To Pick up the thread again, I re-read the Pagan Lord. From the attack on Bebbanburg, everything is different in the movie than in the book. Quite confusing, and certainly a lot less exciting. It started already with the cast, Uhtred supposed to be a large, ( one of the largest in England) and fair haired, and in the series turn out to be fairly small and dark haired. Although I think Alexander is pretty good.

My question is: to what extent do you influence the scenario?

 

By the way I can’t wait for volume 13 of the series, and I hope that one day, the more than excellent Warlord Chronicles Will be filmed too.

 

Kind regards

Mas Peters

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My involvement with the films is limited to cheer leading.


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Just discovered these books.  Reading 1356.  Any more of Thomas?

Anthony Kennard

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No plans for more Thomas now....but never say never!