Mr. Cornwell, I am a great fan of yours, and have been since I first picked up Enemy of God (I know its out of order, but thats where I started). I have read all of your recent books, as well as few of the Sharpe books, but I have a question for you. Religion has been a major factor in all of your medieval writings, but so often you cast it in an awful light. Is this reflective of your own personal perspectives, or just a matter of your research into the oppressive nature of the medieval church? This is something I've been meaning to ask for some time, just finally got around to it after finishing the Pale Horseman.
I also cast it in a good light! But the mediaeval church, far far more than today's church, was a place of opportunity for ambitious men - the church could promise wealth, status and enormous privilege for some men, so it's hardly a surprise that it was also a place of venality, nepotism, dishonesty, even downright murder. In fact it was the rottenness of the church, as much as anything, which prompted the reformers. There were a few good men (and women), but any look at the church shows an institution devoted mainly to its own enrichment.