Your Questions

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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.
James Popham

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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.


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two questions....is the beach in the background of jacket cover in Dennis?...we will not be in Chatham on Thurs and therefore will miss your signing..when will you be at a library or bookstore on Cape Cod later in January or in February? Neil Cronin

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I'm sorry you won't be able to make it to the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham this Thursday - I'm afraid I don't have plans for any other appearances on Cape Cod this winter. The beach in the background is in Chatham, not Dennis.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I have just finished reading The Pale Horseman and I must say how enlightening the book was. It left me wanting more and I cannot wait for the next book in the Saxon series. I am a Devonian and spent 2 years living in Exeter. I was delighted to be reading a book set around the places I know as home. Your work has prompted me to take up a keen interest in British history and I can say that I have learnt alot about our past simply by reading your books. I am now residing in California and would like to know when the 3rd book in the series will be available here. I can't wait! Have you ever considered writing a book based around the Great Plague of 1348? I think with your great skill as an author you could really bring this story to life, not sure which battles you could include though! Very much looking forward to reading more of your work. Regards, Ed May, Orange County, California (formally Instow, Devon, England).

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The plague is touched on in the Grail Quest series - and I'm not sure I'll go back to it.


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I have just started reading The Starbuck Chronicals and having reached the end of Copperhead I am still intrigued as to how, if you intend to add anymore to the series how, you will overcome the fact that the Confederates lose. I understand that you probably won't tell me what happens but I would like to think that Nate sticks it out to the end. Your books reignited my love of History after it had been soundly destroyed by years of history lessons thank you. Nick Hyett

Have read the first two Starbucks and look foreward to reading the rest. I wondered why you made Starbuck a Confederate instead of a Unionist? Thanks in advance and keep up the very good work. Max

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Because the Confederacy is more interesting. It has Moral Entanglements, and those are good for heroes.


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Dear mister Cornwell, I am once again saying thanks for you wonderful works. Currently I am reading Sharpe's Havoc and there is a scene where the French troops burn alive people in a church of a Portugese village. Is this scene based upon an event that really took place in Peninsular war? Happy new Year to you and your family. Respectfully, Alexander D., New York

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That and worse, much worse. The guerilla war between the French and the Spanish and between the French and the Portuguese was livid with hatred and marked by many, many atrocities.


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Hi I've recently read the Pale Horseman and loved it. I was hoping to find out when the third in the triolgy will be released. Chris O'Brien

Bernard, Having just read and enjoyed the 'Pale Horseman' I must ask the inevitable question. When is the sequel going to be published? Regards Denis Whitford

Mr Cornwell I hope you and your family had a great festive season. Could you you tell me when the third in the Saxon series is due? yours, Bern Armer

Hi there I have just read "the Pale Horseman" just great like all the others. When is the next one coming out? Soon I hope! thank you, John

Dear Mr. Cornwell, I am a big fan. I love your books, having read The Arthur Books, The Grail Quest, and I have just recently finished The Pale Horseman. And I plan to begin reading The Sharpe series as soon as I can. Having read The Pale Horseman and knowing based on Alfred's and Uhtred's plans there must be a third book, and seeing that you like to write in Threes, I was just wondering If you had a name for the book yet, or if you have even begun working on it. Anyways thank you for your time and I can't wait for the third book in The Saxon Stories. John Morrow

Hi Have enjoyed a number of your book series - Sharpe, The Grail Quest in particular - but must say really loved the first two Saxon Stories, as does my 12 year old son. Any news on when the third one is coming out - sorry if its a FAQ. Keep up the good work! Cheers Paul

Hi Bernard, just finished The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman ,awesome as usual. Please tell me what's next and when is it due for release. Glenn Chisholm

Hi Bernard Firstly, your books are wonderful I really enjoy them. Have just finished reading the Pale Horseman fantastic! PLease could you settle an argument/bet I have with my mates: There will definitely be a sequel to the Pale Horseman? Brian Connolly

Dear Mr Cornwell I am contacting you in reference to the Saxon stories, my husband and i have just finished reading The Pale Horseman, which we both enjoyed greatly.Can not wait until the next book in the series, therefore I wondered how long it will be before it is available and how many books will be in the series? Please carry on writing books as my husband and I thoroughly enjoy all the books you write. Yours Faithfully, Gaynor Lloyd

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The third (but not final) book in the series is finished. The title (at least in the UK) is Lords of the North Country and the book is scheduled to be released in the UK in June. We don't have the US publication date yet, but I suspect it will be October - and it may be published in the US under the title The Red Ship.

How many books in the series? I'm not sure - maybe seven or eight? Maybe more?


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Hello! I'm a brazilian fan and I would like to ask you one thing. What is the meaning of the word "Caer". I'm not sure if it's an English word, I've tried to look in a dictionary but I did not find it. I just love your books and I will be very happy if you answer my question. Sorry if I write something wrong... As I said I'm brazilian. thanks a lot, bye. Rodolfo Mantovani

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Caer is Welsh (so predates the English language in Britain) and simply means Fort! Thanks for your message.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, As fan of yours books, I'm pleased to wish you an Happy New Year. I'm a Frenchman who lives in The Netherlands. I saw all the Sharpe that the BBC did, on the Dutch television (in English). I always hoped my father could ever see it on the French television (and as always in France dubbed in French). Today I heard it won't be possible because you refuse to let the series appear on the French television. Is it true ??? It makes me so curious that I have you to ask why ??? Many thanks for your answers and for all your books. Laurent

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Me? Moi? Refuse? I don't have the power of refusal! The TV company can sell it to any country they like, and I can only assume that the French don't want the series (and I don't blame them). Happy New Year.


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Dear Sir, I have just finished reading the Starbuck Chronicles which I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked learning more about the Civil War, especially from the viewpoint of the South. I also think that Starbuck is an interesting character, perhaps more so than Sharpe. I have quite enjoyed watching Sharpe on TV and now think that Starbuck would be an excellent subject either of a film or a mini series on TV in the mould of Roots, for instance. If the right actor could play Starbuck, and the battle scenes be handled correctly eg showing the huge loss of life and avoiding the lack of realism that many adaptations achieve, this could be a huge success. So my question is, have you any plans to film Starbuck and have you retained these rights? For the record I live in the UK just outside Colchester. I see you used to live there too. I travel to the States around 1 month every year on business, including Boston and NYC. Kind regards and Happy New Year, John Butcher.

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I'm glad to know you enjoyed the books John. Alas, no plans for a Starbuck film at the moment.


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Hi Bernard, just to say thanks for filling in my 'bait time' with your superb writing, although the other lads can hardly read they love hearing what happens in Sharpe's life from me and the apprentices have all got a fascination with Ferragus! I just wanted to ask, among the young working class in England, well, Cumbria, there seems to be a stigma attached to reading...I get called the Professor from my mates because I read paperbacks.....do you think there could be a way of getting them to have a go so I don't have to relay it to them all the time? Sorry if it's a shit question but Ive had a few pints this after. It is New Years day! All the best mate...keep up the good work! Scott Clague, 29, glass cutting supervisor Workington Cumbria

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The only way I know is to get their girlfriends to persuade them. It's a thought?


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