Your Questions

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Dear Bernard let me first start by saying I hope you had a nice christmas and I wish you a very happy new year. Second in Sharpes Escape will the interesting Colonel Trant be making an apperance? And at Bussaco which French column will Sharpe be fighting or will it be both? As for Starbuck when you get back to him will he be with Barksdale in the street fightinng in Fredricksburg itself? And will he be with Longstreet and Lee at Maryheights or with Jackson and Meade's almost breakthrough? P.S This is just a request from me nothing more and you probably get thousands of these every day but please please do not kill Starbuck at Gettsyburg. He should be there until the end at Appomatox besides him missing the 40 days between Grant and Lee would be like keeping Sharpe from Waterloo it would be a crime in JMO. Geraint

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Colonel Trant does get a mention in Sharpe's Escape, but nothing more. At Bussaco, the southernmost. Starbuck? I'm afraid I won't know till I get there! But your request is duly noted! And I think you're right, so Appomatox waits for him.


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Hello I was hoping you could clear something up for me - in Sharpe's Enemy Sharpe was asked if he ever returned to the place in London where he grew up and was mistreated and Sharpe said he never did, but at the start of Sharpe's Prey I'm pretty sure he goes back to Wapping and takes revenge or I'm I just getting mixed up ? Please keep on writing the Sharpe books. Thanks Chris Horgan

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You're not getting mixed up, I am. Or, more likely, Sharpe is. He just lied about it in Sharpe's Enemy (can't trust him an inch).


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What a superb series of books, the Sharpe series is!! The question in my mind is, will there be a book or books on Sharpes' joining the Rifles? I am a Serving soldier and taken part in some battlefield tours and I have used a couple of Sharpe books as guides, quite useful they was!! Give me, and every other fan, more Sharpe!! Steve Jackson

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There will be more Sharpe - the next one is due out in April (Sharpe's Escape). No plans right now for a book on Sharpe joining the Rifles.


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Since I was 6, I've admired the Arthur´s stories - maybe because of a cartoon I used to see, my first touch with this era...:) I´m almost 30 and a friend of mine gave me this year the most wonderful gift I ever had: Warlord Trilogy. No words, it´s just FANTASTIC! I live in Brazil and I´m looking for your books as a crazy...:P The way you write is precise. However, for my surprise - and destroyed all my childhood dreams..:D - you describe Lancelot as a "bad guy". Just another way to describe him or did you find any historical thing that shows him like this? Another character that how you described surprised me was Guinevere. Almost all books and films I saw about King Arthur she is an "angel, sweet and fragile", but as she appears in your book she is almost shown as a "warrior", with her 4 dogs, powerful soul, with red hair not blonde as gold. Not saying that these "new" Guinevere and Lancelot are not good, but just curious about your "decision" to write them like this. Congrats for your books, the way you write is really really wonderful! Sorry to take your time. Thx. Ahnis Fraga

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I don't think it's possible to write books keeping characters the same as they are in every other book - in other words, if I'd just written the Arthur legend the way it is usually written, why bother? And I suppose if you have Guinevere being unfaithful to Arthur with Lancelot, then that tells us something about their characters, does it not? And it hardly suggest a sweet, fragile angel!


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Dear Mr Cornwell, will you write any books on the later Hundred Years war i.e the battle of Patay or Castillion? Will you ever write a book on Joan of Arc or King Henry V? Alex Verrall

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Maybe - don't know - but not in the immediate future.


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Dear Mr.Cornwell, I have recently finished the Grail Quest series and the Sharpe series and have just finished the Winter King, but I don't know what ynes means. Could you please explain??? Liam

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Ynys means 'island'


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Hi Mr Cornwell I have been a huge fan of your books for many years, they even prompted me to drive all the way to the Royal Armouries at Leeds just to see Wellington's sword. I love the British army's role in the whole Napoleonic era, however another period of history that has always been of great interest is the battle at Rourkes drift. Do you have any plans to release a book concerning this? Maybe in a bizare quirk of fate, Sharpe's son could have enlisted and be fighting there? Greg Sewell

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I don't have any such plans at the moment, and I'm not really thinking about it either - I don't much like the later 19th Century - a daft prejudice, I know, but there it is.


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WW2 wan't all bad,then, was it? We have you, so there you are! Thanks, Bernard, for many hours of wonderful reading. My question is, any movement in making the "Grail" series into a TV or Screen movie? Should be as popular as the Sharpe series I would think. By the way, ever meet up with Peter Spencer, in your British TV days? Old friend of mine from my youth who was a BBC Producer. Keep it up, mate, we love your work. Brian W. Harlow

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Thank you Brian. No plans for a Grail film at the moment - and I fear I do not know Peter Spencer.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I've been a big fan of your books for many years now and I have enjoyed the sense of realism in them. I would like to ask however, how you are able to describe the military life in various ages in such detail. Do you have a military past? Matt

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No military past - just a fascination with military history and an unruly imagination.


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what happened to Sharpe's child by Morello and Harper's wife and child and please can we have a happy ending where he goes back to Normandy? Graham Whitt

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I don't know what happened to the child, but we must assume she lived happily ever after, just as Sharpe did in Normandy.