Your Questions

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hi Bernard I hope you are well, I am 37 and live near Chelmsford in Essex and have read the Grail quest series which was brilliant, I am now reading the Last Kingdom I am up to the second book the Pale Horseman- I think the story is fantastic, I have always been interested in the Saxon kings of England and this is a dream come true - thanks mate!! One question will the series carry on into the reigns of Athelstan and Edmund sons of Edward the Elder?, I have an interesting theory about king Edmund 1 of England, son of Edward the Elder - I know it may sound mad but I think he was the real inspiration for King Arthur ,his life and events in his reign parallel exactly that of king Arthur, I will list a few: both were teenage Kings, who suceeded Great Kings, both were Kings of ALL England, both fought many battles to first regain and hang on to the kingdom, both had great very holy advisors, Arthur had Merlin, Edmund had St Dunstan. Both made peace treaties with the enemy which lasted, both very pious Christains, both were killed by evil men - Arthur protecting England from MorDRED< Edmund was killed protecting his servant and was suceeded by EDRED, both had wives who commited adultery, Arthur had Guinevere, Edmund had Elgifu who had an affair with his son (her stepson)Edwy(very much like Morgan le Fey!!) Edmund is buried at Glastonbury!!, The legend of Arthur is centered around Glastonbury, What do you think about this- Alfred was called the Great but Edmund was called "The Magnificent"he died aged only 24. Craig Govey

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The series will stretch on, but probably not to Edmund. Don't know. Haven't got there yet! Your theory is interesting! Not quite sure how a Saxon king could be the inspiration for a Celtic hero, but I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand. Thanks!


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Hello Bernard, I have thoroughly enjoyed your Arthur books, and the Saxon stories (to date). It is a joy to have some light being thrown onto the 'Dark Ages' and your stories have certainly encouraged me to look again at an otherwise forgotten part of our history. Thank you. I have a question about the geography of the stories, where most are based upon real locations. The detail you give us about the terrain and natural features makes me believe you know these places, rather than from your own invention. Do you undertake a site visit as part of your research, or do you employ some other method of reconoissance? Dean Tams

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I always do visit the places, because it's almost impossible to write a book about a place without walking the ground.


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I have immensely enjoyed all of your books, especially the Warlord and Saxon stories. Since they both deal with invasions of Britain, have you ever considered setting a series in the 11th Century to deal with the Normans? Ed Winant

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I've thought of the Normans, but it is not likely to happen any time soon.


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I am re-reading Rifles as I am having trouble finding edtions of the books in the series I have not yet obtained in Paper back format -(not in a Trade Paperback) and in scanning the comments posted here see that I must now also re-read Seige- To discover yet again WHY it is that Sharpe can not come to America- GADS thats guys- Also recently saw the History Channels War of 1812 and Since Sharpe and Harper can't come( why would Harper leave Sharpe????) Perhaps- Tounge,Cooper or some of the others who are there and then just GONE- could end up there???
Rebecca

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Although I've researched bits and pieces of the War of 1812 - it is not high on my list of priorities.


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David Gemmel recently died, what did you think of his books? Also are there any more viking series books coming out? Anthony Fleming

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I'm afraid I have not read any of David Gemmell's books.

The next book of the Saxon stories should be out in October.


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Dear Mr Cornwell. It is with the greatest of pleasure that I read your books, having first picked up Sharpe's Triumph on a ferry going to Ireland almost 8 years ago when I was a wee boy of 14. Since then I have read through all of the Sharpe novels at least 3 times each including the new ones, others are even more so, and have also collected the Warlord Chronicles, which I adore, and the Saxon Chronicles, what can I say, I just love your books. I do have 2 questions... 1. Do you have any idea when the next Saxon book is coming out? I am currently going through Lords of the North, for the third time, and really want to know how it all ends for Uhtred.

2. Just out of curiosity, you mentioned in the Historical notes, which I find very interesting by the way, in Sharpe's Eagle, that you have never read the book after publication (I think that's correct). I was just wondering if this is still the case as this is my favorite Sharpe book, aside from maybe Sharpe's Triumph. Yours in literature, David James Chesshire

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The next book should be out in October of this year.

Still haven't re-read it! Perhaps I will one day.


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Hello Bernard Cornwell I am a great fan of you and I live in Turkey. I wanted to ask how old you are? At which age did you began writing? Is Uhtred a real man in history?
Ata

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I am 63 years old. Started writing at age 36. Uhtred is fictional but a family with Uhtred's name (my ancestors) did hold Bebbanburg (now Bamburgh Castle) at one time.


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Sir. When may we have the missing book from 9 months before Cat Lane to Seringapatam. Will we have the story of the months before Sharpe's Prey when he gave away the ruby to his then girlfriend, a schoolteacher from Dover I think. What happened to Captain Morris (33rd of Foot)? Simon Brett Phillips

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I'm disinclined to take Sharpe back in time again, but who knows? Sharpe's revenge on Morris is in the Pending file.


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First of all, congratulations on becoming my favourite author, in the past 3 yrs I bought every single historical book you wrote. Second, ever thought of writing a history book with no fiction included? Darko

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The trouble with non-fiction is that you have to be accurate, which is really why I write fiction. Once in a while I think about it, and lie down until the feeling passes, but perhaps, one day, I'll give in to the urge.


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I am writing to congratulate you on your portrayal of Arthurian Britain in your Winter King Trilogy. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these books. Derfel is a masterpiece, I regard him as a friend guiding me through the twists and turns of Dark Age politics in Britain. Whilst the books now have pride of place in the centre of my bookshelves, I would really appreciate being able to listen to them being read to me in my car. Are there any plans to release them as a talking book on cd or mp3 (or any format compatible with I-Tunes)? I look forward to your reply with baited breath. Sincerely David

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There has been talk of it, but as far as I know, the books are still only available on audio cassette.


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