This is just a vote from a fan of "Waterloo:" I hope you'll do more non-fiction and more narration.
All the best,
I love your books and as a pensioner I get them from my library luckily extended anywhere they can get them in Australia I've read most and hope to read all before I cross over especially Sharpie
I’ve been an avid reader of Uhtred’s adventures over the years. I must say that the penultimate book in the series is so far the most brilliant. It’s a great story woven amongst the real history of our nation. On my list before Uhtred’s final adventure is Never Greater Slaughter; so thanks for the recommendation. Makes me proud to be an Anglo-Saxon Englishman.
I hope this message finds you well. I am an interested reader from Germany, and I really like your novels. No matter if you write about about Sharpe during the 18th century or other characters during the Middle Ages, your novels are great.
Perhaps somewhat paradoxically, your novels have helped me to grow closer to the abrahamic religion of my family. Your novels manage to analyse many of the problems of abrahamic religions, but this has simply served as an incredibly powerful motivation to point out these weaknesses, and to improve this. I wish you all the best!
Thank you for your written words, I have enjoyed all of your work!
You've probably already read it but if not I really recommend Wolfe at Quebec by Christopher Hibbert. It must be said that Wolfe is a hard person to like. Both to the Scots in the 45 and the Canadians in 59 he was a big advocate of attacking Civillians. Even for the time many of his fellow Officers did not exactly like him. He was also incredibly lucky not least at Louisberg But that all said he was brilliant Soldier no question. Its a shame you never did any books on his Campaigns as he was fascinating individual and Quebec was an epic victory no question.
I hope this email finds you well. I had intended to write you a letter, but am not surprised that this format makes for a more congenial missive as far as you're concerned. Thus, I trust you'll forgive me these block letters rather than my more personal cursive scrawl.
I thought (why? Shrug.) I should take a moment to let you know how much I have enjoyed your books over the last twenty three years. As a thirteen year old at a new school, I met another child, a year older, who was equally obsessed with medieval history, and we became fast friends. Sometime in those first weeks of our acquaintance he loaned me his copy of Harlequin, and it... consumed me. Unfortunately, we lived in small-town Québec, and the nearest English bookstore was several hours' drive away, in Montréal, and my mother took a dim view of plugging her credit card information into shonky-looking websites. Happily, she did travel quite a lot for work, and whenever she did she'd raid the airport and foreign bookstores for me, with your novels top of mind. And I, for my part, read them until they fell apart, taped them back together, then read them again.
Today, I'm a philosopher who specializes in the philosophy of art. You may be mildly amused to learn that I have two philosopher friends--both in their fifties, both quite eminent (one an American woman, the other a Canadian man and a fellow of the Royal Society)--who are also enormous fans of your work.
There we are, then. Thank you for all of the time and work you've put into fostering my imagination, and into my historical education. It's been my delight to send you my and my mother's money, and I look forward to sharing your work with my son, once he's ready.
It would be remiss of me to end without noting that my favourite of your works has always been the Warlord Chronicles (although I find the audacity and execution of Stonehenge rather breathtaking). To be honest, they're my favourite novels period, although I weep every time I finish Excalibur. But so it goes.
My wife and I are about to watch SEVEN KINGS MUST DIE having just binge watched THE LAST KINGDOM. I read that book in 2006 and just left a review of it on GoodReads. I read most of the Sharpe novels before The Last kingdom. I watched that series on TV. I even read THE FORT, and your medieval archer books. I loved them all.
I worked as a book sales and marketing rep from 1974 to 2011 when I retired. Currently, I am on the Board of the Pacific NW Writers Assoc., not because I write but because of my knowledge of the business side of books. It is a way that I can give back to the writing community that gave my family a good life.
We have traveled a lot to Europe visiting sites and sights from books I have read. Your medieval fiction has been of great interest to me. We will be visiting Winchester this fall as a result of watching Uhtred's tales.
Thank you for the many hours of great entertainment.
This video on how the English lost Normandy in a Last Stand at the Battle of Formigny I thought would ge of interest. Crazy but true but I noticed many people in England think because of Agincourt that they won the Hundred Years War. As I tell them Not the case I'm afraid
I'm sure you get messages like this all the time, but I was listening (again) to Enemy of God on the drive home from work and realised I've been a bit of an ingrate. I've never said thanks.
For more than 20-years, I've dipped into the adventures of Derfel, Uhtred and Starbuck (and more besides), and I feel now like the stories and heroes within them are carved into my soul.
So, with all my heart - thank you, Bernard. If you're ever in the midlands, UK and fancy a pint, it'd be the least I could do.