Your Questions

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I have just finished reading your wonderfull book THE LORDS OF THE NORTH,PLEASE when will the next book in the series be published? I CAN'T WAIT. Mr Alwyn Gledhill

Hi Bernard Firstly absolutely love your books, What is next after Sharpe's Fury, another Uhtred? Another Starbuck, what? Brian

Hi, I have just finished reading "Lords of the North" in Australia, I'm not usually a dedicated reader but "The Last Kingdom" got me last year and I have been lucky enough to find the sequels within a year, but I'm now worried I might have a substantial wait until the next one, any idea how long? I'm sad to have finished and I'm desperate for more! Also, any chance of them going to film? The character developement is awesome, especially the brotherly friendship between Uhtred and Ragnar, that aspect of the story went exactly where I hoped. Thanks Justin

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Another Uhtred, next year, I hope... No plans for a film at the moment.


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I've read almost everything you've written: My daughter brought a copy of "The Lords of the North" back from England for me recently. I plan to start it soon, and I will be one of the first to buy the next Richard Sharpe in September and Nathaniel Starbuck if and when. I very much enjoyed "A Crowning Mercy" and "The Fallen Angels." I am currently working on the fifth draft of a manuscript of a romance-adventure novel that was copywrited for estate planning purposes in 2005. I would like to know if Susannah Kells, aka Judy Cornwell, would be interested in being a co-author or ghostwriter? Very truly yours, Richard Miller

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She's given it up! Sorry!


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I just finished reading the Lazender series and was wondering how the secret figurine in the seal of St. John disappeared between the two books. Is there a third book or did I miss something between the two? Thank you! I enjoyed both book immensely. Kimberly Scott

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It was written so very long ago that I can't remember. Sorry.


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Dear Bernard Cornwell, Can I just say how much I enjoy reading your books. I especially enjoy the Sharpe series of books did you base his character on anyone you know? I'd also like to know if you are planning a sequel to The Gallows Thief? I think Rider Sandman is an excellent character and deserves to ride again, just like Richard Sharpe. Thank you for all the enjoyment you have given me over the years from reading your books, especially over the last few month when I was off work after damaging the cartilage in my knee. You were a terrific escape from dreadful daytime television. Warm regards, Nigel Goymer

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Richard Sharpe is wholly from my imagination.

A sequel to Gallows Thief is a possibility, but not likely to happen any time soon.

Hope the knee is better!


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Hello Mr. Cornwell. I first discovered your books because I have always had an interest in vikings and the cover of "The Last Kingdom" caught my eye. I must admit I first bought it over a year ago and since then, despite the fact i greatly enjoyed the book, I have never thought to purchase your other books. Now I come to your site and find you have a plethora of books and that you are a highly respected writer. I will be sure to look into your other books. Here's the reason why I'm writing to you. I'm writing a book. I know, I know. I read your page and I know you don't want me to tell you anything but I think you can help me a little bit. It follows the third crusade and I thought you may be able to provide me with some references and useful bits of information about the period. I have become a great fan of historical fiction after having read the works of Guy Gavriel Kay, Harry Turtledove, Morgan Llywelyn and yourself of course. I know writing a book that takes that much research is a large undertaking for a seventeen year old but I'm in no rush to get it published and want it to be as well written and as historically accurate as possible. So, If you can refer any books, essays or any other sources of information I would be truly grateful. By the way, I live in Canada, East of Ottawa. Benoit Rivard

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I really can't - for some strange reason I can't get at all interested in the Crusades, but I know there has been a spate of recent books about them, and I'd suggest you start with a search on Amazon and go from there. Sorry, but it's just not something I've ever studied or even read about . . . .


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Dear Bernard, I am wondering wether you are planning or would ever write a book about Sharpe's early life, maybe about his childhood or very early army career. In a few of your books you've had Sharpe remember being a frightened recruit at Boxtel and having to run from the constables to join the army - I think it would make a great story - any plans? Love all your Books! Nick

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Perhaps, some day, maybe as a short story.


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Absolutely loved Lords of the North, and realized that was the 3rd book, usually the ending one. However, the tease at the end implied there might be more in store for Uhtred to be written. Could that be true? Also, it struck me that there seemed to me to be more similarities between Uhtred and Derfel from the Arthur series than between any 2 other heroes in any of your other series. Finally, when might another book be out, and any hints as to direction of said book? Tom White

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I suspect you're right, though Derfel, I think, is the 'better' man (morally). Uhtred is more unscrupulous - and the next book? It's the next one I write and I can't tell you too much, except that there will be a brief gap after The Lords of the North, and the book (I think) will be set mostly around London and East Anglia - though that could change.


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I'm a great fan of your writing and also have been a subscriber to "Military History" magazine, starting with their premier issue in 1984. In the latest issue July/August in the "Letters" section, there is a comment about the gravesite of Benedict Arnold by a Bernard Cornwell out of Chatham, Mass. As you state you are presenting living in the Cape Cod area, is this comment from yourself and are you also a reader of the magazine? Being a historian of note, are you aware of the only monument on US soil that does not have any inscription on it located at the Saratoga Battlefield in upper New York? The monumnent is of a boot only. It is to represent the actions a of a certain American military leader at the Battle of Freeman's Farm in 1776. Very Interesting.

Also I wrote to you last year about a certain author I enjoy who, like yourself, writes about a fictional character during a historical time. His is during the Plains Indian Wars in the 1800s. Again like yourself, Terry C. Johnston always visited the battlefields before his writing and immenses the reader into the time period of his books. Again, like you do, he made his character, either Seamus Donegan or Titus Bass, believable in that they, like Sharpe, were a common man, one who could do wrong as much as right. That's what I enjoy about Richard Sharpe, a professional soldier, but not above committing even murder, for revenge or purpose. You wrote back on your website that you had not heard of the late Mr. Johnston, but that you might see about reading one of his books. I wonder if you ever got a chance?

Lastly, was there a particular individual in history that you based the idea of Richard Sharpe on, or was he a composite of several people and why did you chose the period of 1808-1821 to place your first historical character in? Thank you, Jeff Juri

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That was me, and yes, I've seen the memorial at Saratoga - a truly terrific battlefield. And yes, I subscribe to Military History magazine.

I have some - on the table heaped (I mean heaped) with books to be read - and they will be read - but only when I've finished the reviews I have to do, and the research . . . . not enought time! But yes, they'll be read, thank you!

He's made up. Entirely. Based on no-one (though his promotions follow the dates of a man promoted from Trooper to Lt Colonel, just so no one could accuse me of an impossibility - which they do anyway). And why start at Talavera? It was a quixotic decision, taken without great thought, and a long time ago.


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hi Bernard, I have read all the Saxon stories which were fantastic and even better characters! I would like to know which I should read first- the grail quest or the arthur books? looking forward to your reply. jason

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I don't know - but I hope you'll read them both!


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I've been reading the Sharpe Novels for sometime now. I can barely put them down. I've also been watching the movies, and I must say that they don't follow the books. I was also wondering if you had ever thought of talking to Hollywood, and having a few movies made in the U.S. Sean Gillette

Dear Mr. Cornwell, As an avid reader of your works, I was curious to ask if there has been any interest in bringing your Saxon stories to the screen, big or small. It seems a perfect story for adaptation into something akin to the HBO series, Rome or Band of Brothers. I wonder what your thoughts might be about such an opportunity? Cheers, Tony

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So far as I know, none at all. My view? I earn a living by putting words on shelves, not pictures on screens, so I really don't think about the possibility - my agent does, but I don't. That way I don't live with hope and don't suffer disappointment.


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