Your Questions

Q

Mr. Cornwell,

I enjoy reading The Saxon Stories series, but I still find myself muddled about the differences between vikings, danes, and the norse. Would you mind clarifying for me please?

Sincerely,

Ethan Hollis

A

The Vikings is a very loose name that we apply to folk who ventured out from the Scandinavian countries to raid or to settle all across Europe. The Danes came from what is now Denmark while the Norse were primarily from what is now Norway and Sweden. They’re related, of course, and their languages are very similar, and to someone suffering from their raids the distinction wouldn’t matter – they’re pagan Vikings. That rather oversimplifies it – but I hope it helps.

 


Q

Hey Bernard,

I've been following the exiting news and discoveries made by Wirral archaeology and I see you have made a visit. I live just around the corner to where i suspect the site is. Have you any plans to re-visit the site in the future? Would love to meet you and be cheeky and ask for an Uhtred book to be signed!!

Chris C

A

I suspect I will visit again . . . and it would be a pleasure to sign a book for you!


Q

Do you have a holiday home on the Norfolk Broads? Just ask cos of something that happened to me and my dad a few years ago.

Adrian Cuthbert

A

I wish!  No, I don’t, and it’s been 50 years since I last sailed the Broads!

 


Q

Good Afternoon Bernard,

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.

I have been a fan of your books for someone time and have read most of them. I was delighted when reading the Gallows Thief that you mention several areas in London I know very well. The company I work for owns and has its HQ in 33 St James’s Square and the two buildings behind on Charles II Street. I was wondering if you envisioned a particular address for the Seraphim club?

Kind regards

Richard Nicholson

A

I was careful not to be too precise, but envisaged it more or less on the northern side – close to where number 6 is? Not far from you!

 


Q

Hi again,

Just re-read Sharpe, War of the Wolf as a refresher and then Sword of Kings. Congratulations on the latest book it was really entertaining. And I look forward to the next book! It was nice to see Uhtred looking over Foulness about a 1000 years before Richard Sharpe did.

Regarding Sharpe, following my latest (re) reading of the series, I seriously cannot imagine, after being given Prince of Wales by Wellington at Waterloo, that Sharpe would just run off back to Lucille in Normandy and desert them. ...can you confirm you plan to finish this off with a novel leading on from Waterloo?...because I for one think it needs it! And I hope we hear from Sweet William, Antonia and get confirmation on Dally's health.

Kind regards

and keep up the good work

Dan!!

A

Your imagination is quite right! I’m not sure all the loose ends will be dealt with, but I’ll try!

 


Q

Hi Bernard,

I just want to say I’m really enjoying your books! Would there be any chance you might write a new Sharpe or Thomas of Hookton?

I really love those series!

Paul Berry

 

A

Another Sharpe is a very good possibility.  I am not planning more for Thomas right now...but you never know.....


Q

Are there going to be any more books from the Starbuck Chronicles - I certainly hope so!!

Alan Moyse

 

 

Hi Bernard,

I know you get asked this every year at least 12 times, however please what will it take to free up your creative excellence to continue or possibly complete this series, I confess I’m a massive fan of warlord series, yet as a fan of your excellent work in all your series (and I have read them all) I’m always left wondering will it ever happen. Keep up the good work....maybe just reprioritise,

kindest regards..

Leigh

 

Hello Mr. Cornwell

I am fascinated over your Starbuck book series and I'm really hoping for a 5th instalment to the series, if you do think of writing another one, my father and I and I bet many other people would be very happy if you did. I would also like to ask, have you ever considered writing a novel about the Great War or World War 2. I really enjoy reading your books and I think that you would come up with an amazing story for the wars. Thank you for being a wonderful Author

Jacob

 

Hello Mr. Cornwell,

My husband and I greatly enjoy all of your books.  We have been anticipating another book in the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles for several years, particularly since the last sentence of your historical note in " The Bloody Ground" is "Starbuck will march again."   Just wondering.  Will Starbuck march anytime soon?

Sally Harper

A

I doubt I will ever write a WWI or WWII novel.   However, Starbuck is still a possibility....


Q

Dear Bernard

This is a bit of a long shot and you probably won't but I wondered if you'd ever considered writing a story set in the Boxer Rebellion. Flashman was meant to be involved in that conflict but sadly George McDonald Fraser never got the chance to write that story. I wondered if you were tempted to have a go so to speak.

It seems very relevant now what with the rise of China

Regards

Geraint

 

A

You’re quite right – it is relevant, but laziness and old age will almost certainly deter me from doing the vast amount of research that would be needed. Sorry about that!  It is a good (and brutal) story, but I suspect someone else will have to write it.


Q

I am rereading "Sharps Trafalgar" and enjoying it very much.  I am a fan of C.S. Forester's and Patrick O'Brien's writing but in my opinion, you match them in 19th Century Maritime tales in your details but you exceed them in your story telling.  Have you given any thought to writing any other 19th Century maritime tales?  I would enjoy that immensely.

Thank you for your books.  You re my favorite writer by far!

Mark Cronin

A

I’ve thought about naval stories, but Trafalgar is the only one I’ve attempted. I have a huge admiration for the authors who write (wrote) them so well, especially as naval sagas present one huge technical difficulty – that most of your characters are restricted to one ship (or flotilla) which complicates the plotting no end! Still, I might be tempted to try again . . . .

 


Q

Have followed your series with enthusiasm BUT am losing track of the individuals, would be useful to include the family tree(s) in future editions so one can trace the lineage.  Looking forward to the next book.

Linda Buckland

A

We’ll suggest it – I know some of the early books had the family tree – we should revive it.