Your Questions

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I love your writing, especially the Arthur books. I would love to see them brought to life in film, even though the books would always be better. Does a studio own the rights at this point? Have you ever pictured which actor would play a particular character well? I'd love to know who you think would make a good Derfel. Thanks for your time and your wonderful books!
Kendall Walden

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There has been some interest, but I suspect the films would be too expensive to make. Actors? I have no idea! I'd leave that up to the casting experts.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, When do you plan to have Sharpe take revenge on Captain Murray (the man who had Sharpe flogged in Sharpe's Tiger)? It would be nice to know what you have planned for him in the future. Sincerely, James

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When? I don't know - until I write the books I rarely know what will happen.


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I am very interested in the subject of Madrid during its occupation by the French. Particular topics include: 1. Taverns - what they were like, names by which they were known, what comestibles and beverages they served 2. Quartering of troops - where were they were quartered: convents, churches, rectories, seminaries, private residences, public buildings? 3. Methods of battlefield communication of the period (French and British) 4. A detailed description of the Battle of Vitoria. For my research, can you recommend some accurate, literary resources for the typically, culturally challenged, American monoglot? With thanks, Frank Lurz

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I have no idea of Madrid tavern names, sorry! They served wine, mostly, but also some fortified wines. The food, when any was available during the French occupation, would have been like the tapas served in today's Spanish bars (squares of tripe in vinegar, among many other things - delicious). Troops were quartered wherever there was a roof. The larger buildings were often reserved for officers, but sometimes a whole unit would be billeted in a monastery or church, or any place large enough to offer stabling. Quartermasters went down the street chalking unit names on the doors of private houses and beneath the unit name how many men the house would have to shelter (the British did the same). A detailed description of Vitoria? Any good book on the Peninsular War - but it's hard to beat Jac Weller's Wellington in the Peninsula if you can find a copy (inter-library loan?). The best general book on the war is Charles Esdaile, The Peninsular War, but if you want something with less political content then Elizabeth Longford's biography of Wellington is really hard to beat. There are endless good memoirs by guys who were there - one of the best is August Schaumann - On the Road with Wellington (reprinted in London recently)


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I have loved all of your books. They have given me a vital escape from teenage life that would have otherwise sent me mad. I recently read the Last Kingdom and I couldnt put it down. I read it in a little over a day. I am simply wondering if you have any further intentions to write any books following on from this one as I have enjoyed it even more than the Sharpe series which I didn't think was possible. David Hart

Hello I just finished The Pale Horsemen and I am just wondering how much longer until the next book is coming out. And I just like to say this is my favourite series yet. I read The Arthur series and the Shape series and Grail Quest and they were all great books. But this new series of yours is just too good, I guess I love the history of your new books and ever since I read the Last Kingdom I started to read more viking series. Well I can't wait tell the next book comes out. David Gillis

I have just finished reading The Pale Horseman and am now wondering how long it will be untill the third part in the series arrives!! Gripping stuff! an unlikely yet formidable hero in Uthred, am looking forward to a joint venture with Uthred and Ragnar. Andy Donegan

Dear Mr. Cornwell, I discovered your writing through a close friend who is a devoted Sharpe reader and I'm pretty sure has every single one of the Sharpe chronicles and a lot of your other works too. He thought I might enjoy your books and practically made me read Stonehenge, which I did read eventually, although I was very wary of it. To my utter amazement I loved it and on the back of it I bought the Grail Quest books which I loved even more and then about 2 months ago I bought The Last Kingdom and have just this week bought and utterly devoured The Pale Horseman. My question being is are there any other Uthred books planned and when can I expect them as I'm itching to continue his journey north??? Peter Clark

Hi B.. As it seems most common, I love your books, although I have only read 2 so far (Last Kingdom, Pale Horseman). I am pretty anxious to see how the story of Uhtred finishes and wonder when you expect to first release the third/final sequel to this tale? Many thanks, Elias

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The third (but not final) book of the series is just about done. Plans are for it to be published in the UK in June 2006 - we don't know the US publication date yet.


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I just picked up your book, Stonehenge . I was hoping to know from you, how you picked the name Saban? I was amused,because, I named my son Saban, (he is 5). He was named for a friend I lost, and yet I never have found an origin, or meaning. Well, I guess I should get reading, will let you know what I think. Hope to hear back from you as well. Shelly

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I'm almost certain I made it up. Sorry!


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I love the new-look website. Not sure how long it's had the new look, our computer's been playing silly buggers for ages, but still, I like it. I'm glad to see (on looking through the Your Questions/FAQ's archives) that at least four other people want more of Sweet William. If it's not too late, PLEASE put him in the next Sharpe book. Even if Sharpe doesn't get to meet him face-to-face, it would still be great for all us Captain Frederickson fans to see his eye-patched face again. On a similar note, any idea when we can expect the next Sharpe in the shops? It's been awful, a whole year with no new Sharpe. I've been having withdrawal symptoms.. Maybe there's a support group somewhere I could join....! All the best, Keri

I'm sure this question is frequently asked, but I have been unable to find the answer. When might we expect a new entry in the Sharpe series? Thank you. Lea

Dear Mr Cornwell, I have been reading some of the letters on your web site (actually I'm more interested in your answers)and , for the first time in my 61 years I have decided to act like a fan. I have, at sometimes great expense as you pointed out, obtained in hardback every book that you have written. This has been my personal "grail quest" over the last 3 years and I am delighted with all that I have read. If I may be so bold as to make a comment - you get better as you get older but my main reason for this missive is to ask when will your , and his, many fans be able to read a new Sharpe adventure? Of all your characters he is MY favourite but this could have someting to do with the fact that I spent 42 years in the British Army myself having just retired in September 2004, the last 11 years wearing Light Infantry uniform! Perhaps I feel that he and I have someting in common. Apologies for the waffle but sincere thanks for the many hours of reading pleasure that you have given and long may you continue. Kind Regards, David Barnard

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A new Sharpe? Maybe in October 2006. Regarding Sweet William - I'll do my best, promise! Maybe not the next - but sometime in the future.


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I love your books and have read most of them more than a dozen times. I was wondering if you have though about writing about the events surrounding the Magna Carta or anything about Richard I ? Have you ever thought of writing about the Norman Conquest in 1066?
Zachary Litchke

Thanks for the Pale Horsemen, a terrific read. Have you ever thought about skipping ahead a few centurys and maybe doing a one off book about the battle which ultimately destroyed the saxons - 1066 Battle of Hastings? thanks for signing my copy of the Pale Horsemen. Wyrd bid ful araed. James

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None of the above! Never crossed what passes for my mind!


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I have read most of the Sharpe books and grieved to find that I am coming to the end of the series and I am asking if there will be any more? Peter R. Lister

Mr Cornwell, Regarding the on going Sharpe series, in the past you have seen the series as 12 or so books, then at the time of Trafalgar you mentioned around 21 books to complete the series. Is there any advance on that? In other words do you see the series reaching 25 now? As far as I'm concerned it can go on for ever, but I guess you have an idea about how many more gaps you can fill in. Nick R.

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I wouldn't mind it going on for ever, but in truth, how many? Honestly don't know. A few more yet . . .


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hi Mr Cornwell, first I would like to thank you for so many good books. I was just wondering if you could recommend any good books on Napoleon's marshels as I have just read a biography of Napoleon and would like to learn a bit more about the men who helped or even hindered him. I can't wait to read The Pale Horseman as I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Kingdom. cheers, Phil

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The book you want is called, unsurprisingly, Napoleon's Marshals and it's by various historians, edited by the late, much lamented David Chandler, and it was published by MacMillan in 1987 and a paperback was reissued in 2000.


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Mr Cornwell, The Sharpe books are totally amazing. I have read all of them and also have read Last Kingdom and finished The Pale Horseman last night. Please keep up the good work. Just read on your questions page that you have two books out in 06 can't wait for that. One question I want to ask is will there be a Sharpe book set after "Sharpes Devil"? Stuart

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Probably not.


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