Your Questions

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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I am a great admirer of your historical novels. I wished to ask you a personal question - did you attend University and study history or was your study of history a sideline? Thank you and keep up the sterling work.James Vella Bardon

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Really a sideline. I'm an amateur.


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Hi Bernard I'm replying to a question posted Jan 17 about the film "Last of The Mohicans". Colonel Munro did survive the massacre. The attack itself was probably greatly exaggerated in both the book and film. Munro became so depressed by Webb's betrayal (by not sending reinforcements) that he retired from the army and died shortly after. I was wondering why you hated the movie Bernard? Were there gross historical innacuracies? Was it because Hawkeye was such an impossibly good shot with a musket? In the book he claimed it was rifled. Did they have rifling in the 1750s? Or was it the sappy love story? Thanks, Jim

Dear Mr Bernard, I read in an earlier post that you mentioned you didn't like The Last of the Mohicans, I was just wondering why you did not like this movie? Thank you for your time. Sarah

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Just hated it. Never bothered to analyse why!


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Redcoat is the best thing I have ever read about the Revolutionary War! One question though. The book was dedicated to movie director Irvin Kershner, but as far as I know was never made into a movie. What happened?
Michael Calkins

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Hollywood happened. Of tinseltown there are no explanations, nothing makes sense, and there's no point whatsoever in seeking explanations, because none will ever be forthcoming! Thanks for the message anyway! It's a book I'm still very fond of.


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Hi Bernard. Im from BRAZIL and I have just finished reading the Arthur books. As a musician I became very interested about the bards (I dont know if thats the correct word because a read the books in portuguese, here they calle it "bardos"). Are there any lyrics/poems about Arthur times available nowadays? Where can I get it? Marlon Negrão

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None that I know of . . . . you might find a book on Taliesin, the most famous bard of that era, but I don't know of that either. Apologies.


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I would first like to say that I love the Sharpe series. I saw a bit of a movie on TV, and immediately started reading the books. The way that you include the historical facts, and have an adventurous novel at the same time is amazing. My question is that during the beginning of the novels, it mentions how Harper misses his Donegal home, but ends up opening a tavern in Dublin. I wondered why he didn't work in Donegal? Thank you in advance.
Justin LaFountain

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So do I! I guess he was lured by big city lights.


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Mr. Cornwell, just to be completely redundant and annoying, is there any chance of another Starbuck novel in the near future? It has been over ten years now and I am getting pathetically impatient and whiny. Since you get asked this a lot, I guess I'm just hoping to be perverbial straw. Thanks, I truly love all your books. Rob Bedlion, Souris, ND, USA

Hello Mr Cornwell, at present I am reading your Starbuck chronicles again, and they are absolutely fantastic. I know on your website it says Starbuck is on holiday haha but I was wondering if you have any plans to begin writing any further installments in the near future because I know my friends and I would love to know what happens to Starbuck and the legion. Thankyou for your time Mr Cornwell. Daniel Allen

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The near future? Sorry, I just can't make any promises ...


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hello again Mr Cornwell. I have had the stadnard made for the south essex. thanks for your help with the regiment number. can you please tell me how many soliders and officers are in the south essex? thank you. Michael Sarsfield

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Depends . . . . . . They OUGHT to have 1000 men and around 35 to 40 officers, but in truth, on campaign, they'd be lucky to muster 600 men and 30 officers. It all depended on recruiting, casualties, sick lists. Some battalions shrank to around 400 men. If you guessed 500/30 you'd be about right.


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Dear Bernard, I just finished Sharpe's Siege, which was a great read. But I wonder why do you think Cornelius Killick was left out of the film version? As an American, I was especially pleased with the Sharpe-Killick "alliance."

Raymond J. Mas

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I wish I could tell you! Don't know? Maybe because a ship would have been too expensive a prop? I suspect that's the answer. I regretted it too, because I liked Killick a lot.


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Greetings, Bernard, I'm old enough to use this familiarity I suspect, if not, please forgive. Welcome to the colonies and the Cape of Cod in particular. I attended a college close by and love the area. Am 1/2 way thru "Sharpe's Fury" and enjoying it immensely. As an old O'Brien fan the nautical bits entertain and bring fond memories of his creativity in the space age. Your other books are very good too. "The Economist" (on cover) calls you his direct heir and I am beginning to believe I concur. Your political intrigue is good so far, and you may develop a character similar to Dr. Maturin (sp ?) yet. There was plenty of intrigue to go around wasn't there. All these efforts to feed one's family and inform - informally - as to the reality of history, will, as they have in the past, entice some to dig deeper and appreciate what really went on. Hopefully they will be able to find an unspun history. I suspect those in our American schools these days, may not entirely satisfy that demand. How much time did you spend in Cádiz in order to become that familiar with the area? Please keep up the great work, it gets an old, brain damaged man out of the house on a cold winter's day. Sincerely, Dave Wade

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Not nearly enough. I was suffering from cancer at the time (all gone) so I only had the energy to visit Barossa. A friend of mine (mentioned in the Historical Note) did all the research in Cadiz itself, and he did a superb job. It's not something I like doing - having someone else do the work for me, but for that book it was necessary.


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Having been a great fan of yours for a while now I was just greedily wondering when the next book of yours will be published? Thankyou, Patrick Barker

Hi Bernard, I've been looking on your website weekly for the last 6 months to try and find out when your next books are due out. When will this be told? Thanks Gareth

How many books will there be in the saxon stories, and when will the next one be released? thanks, Duncan Hamilton

Just a quick question. It the "Lords of the North" the last book in the Saxon series? Mike Smith

When can I look forward to the follow up to the Lords of the North? incedible reading, please write faster.(only joking) Keep up the excellent work. Trevor
Hi Mister Cornwell, My name is Sean and I loved THE LAST KINGDOM, I have almost all of your books, only the sharpe's book I don't have. I would like to make a question: The Saxons Stories will have how many books? Thanks for your attention. Sean

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My next book will be the fourth book of the Saxon stories. We don't have a title for the book yet, but it should be ready for publication in October 2007.

I'm not sure how many books will make up this series, but I suspect at least six, maybe more?


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