Hi Bernard, I have just finished reading 'Sharpe's Company' which I enjoyed immensely, but I am disappointed that writers and historians don't write about courage shown during retreats, an outstanding example being the retreat of the British 5th Army in March 1918 in WW1. With its huge advantage in surprise, numbers of fresh troops (80 divs to 15) new artillery tactics and even fog on the morning of the attack, the Germans should have routed the 5th Army, clearing the way for them to advance on Paris. Only the outstanding heroism by units like the 16th Manchesters and 2nd battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, halted the German advance. The German failure to rout the 5th Army, was the true turning point of the war, usually attributed to the 3rd Army's subsequent defence of Arras.
I enjoy the 'Sharpe novels' have em all I especially like 'Agincourt ' the novel its says more that Anne Curry who only tells the facts !!!! However I disagree that you 'outed' Obadiah Hakeswill. That someone like that would exist beats me why he killed more english then 'Crapauds' The Col in Fortress and Lt Knowles as well as the poor Lt in the night attack.No I will never mourn that piece of work Just finished Death of Kings ho hum on to the next Uhtred novel.
It's been so long I can't remember which of your books I read first. No wait, Sharpe's Eagle. For me, whenever I think of that book it doesn't surprise me that you've remained my favourite author for over 10 years now. My dad was the one to put me onto your books, knowing how much I loved reading and writing. To a 10 year old boy you can see how Sharpe caught my imagination; though some might consider the books too graphic to a boy of that age. You books are part of my life. I dabble between historical fiction and magical fantasy so it's hard to know which one I want to write. All of this is fan babble I know but I just want to let you know the impact you've had on my ambitions in life. The Arthur Chronicles are my favourites, Derfel's a dude. Hope this has made your day, Gavin Patmore, England.
Best of luck to you!
Hi. Just wanted to say thanks for waking me up to history. I picked up Azincourt by chance in a hotel. Everyones heard of Azincourt but what can most people tell you about it?? Nothing at all (me included)! I couldn't find a single person in the hotel who was even close to dating it let alone discussing it. I really enjoyed it. Just finished the Grail Quest trilogy. Maybe Arthur next? How about getting the kids in school reading them? You can do for history what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners?? This is not an idle comment - I really think you could. Best wishes JN
I thoroughly enjoy your books. I readily appreciate the research you must do to create them. Looking forward to more. Sincerely
Jack E. Foulke
I have just listened to Death of Kings and I have received the book yesterday. On the audio book there wasn't any historical notes which I always like at the end of your stories. When I got the book I went to the end to read the historical notes. These notes really add to your stories. Thank you.
Mr. Cornwell, I just finished listening to Death of Kings and enjoyed it very much. One disappointment, however, was the lack of a historical note at the end. Why did the audio version not include that? Thanks, can't wait for Thomas of Hookton to return next year! -Jordan
I can't imagine why the Historical Note was not included in the audio book? I will certainly bring it to the attention of the publisher. Thank you!
Just finished Death of Kings and loved every word, down to the details of which I felt like I was in every vivid moment. The Saxon saga is one for the ages, wishing more .... thanks
Over the years I have read almost all your books most of them more than once. I am just finishing the the burning land. I have recently read the the Saxon series over before I read Death of Kings.I thoroughly enjoy out books and look forward to your upcoming books. Thank you for sharing your great stories. Dennis
Hi, At first, I really enjoy reading the series as I first came in touch 1997/8 as the TV series was broadcasted in Germany. After then it took me 12 years to discover the Sharpe Books. Now, as I have been reading them for the last 18 months only one book is left, I will send you the flaws I have noticed. At first in the English published books by HarperCollins the chronological order is wrong. There Sharpe´s EAGLE is listed before Sharpe´s HAVOC, which is simply wrong as you know. Further as the 12 years delay led me start to read all books in the chronological order; so I started with the Indian campaign. Between them and the earlier written, but later in chronological order - Peninsula campaign - books is a huge mistake, as I understand. In Sharpe´s FORTRESS, Sergeant Hakeswill already deserted from the British troops and also in India and also was dies in a snake pit at Gawilghur. That makes in impossible that he reappears in Portugal and Spain. He died twice in the books. Third, only a tiny little issue, which is obviously caused by the later creation of Sharpe´s TRAFALGA. The memory of her first wife, Lady Grace Hale, is sometimes missing in the previous published books, when Teresa is named as he first wife, respectively Jane his second. Now looking forward to the last adventure/ book it is also foresight that there nothing after. Thanks for that great book series, which combines fiction and history and really let immerse in the stories. Christian Göritz-Vorhof
Hakeswill does have a loathsome habit of surviving. He couldn't be killed (says so in the scriptures).Yes, I'm well aware the prequels differ in many respects from the versions in the backstories but sometimes the story simply wouldn't work, so I ignored the earlier book reference and wrote what, to me, was the better story. I suspect this is slightly frustrating for some readers, and it can be very frustrating for me, but there it is. Alas, if only I had my own reference guide, but the Sharpe books emerge from a mind as disordered as my office . . . .
Been wanting to tell you for some time just how much I enjoyed The Fort. I shared it with a co-worker and he loved it so much he asked to see more of your books. I gave him a copy of Waterloo and now he's hooked. Previously he had read primarily mysteries. I would love to see a movie made of The Fort. But if it ever was I would not appreciate how you'd be demonized by all the chest thumping patriots and teabaggers here in America over your portrayal of Paul Revere. I once got into an argument with someone about Andrew Jackson. This fellow maintained he was one of the greatest American presidents. I replied that if the "Trail of tears" deportation of the Cherokee Nation had taken place today, Jackson would be convicted in The Hague for crimes against humanity. I know you did your best in researching The Fort. I enjoyed it and found your treatment of Revere quite plausible. David M. Dunaj