Regarding the Marlborough v Wellington discussion. David Chandler in his book on Marlborough did say that Napoleon actually told some British visitors to read up on his Campaigns as he didn't think the British appreciated him. While Wellington also said he could think of nothing finer than Marlborough at the head of an English Army and that his issues with the Dutch where greater than his own with the Spanish. Mind you the Duke when asked who the Greatest General of all time was said This or any age Napoleon.
Marlborough also considered his Greatest achievement not Blenhiem but in out witting Marshal Villars in his final Campaign. This was after the Battle of Malplaquet that was pure brutal slug fest. . Villars was a first class General and should be up with Turenne/Napoleon and Davout as one of the greatest French Generals of that era.
1 thing that Wellington was worried about but is often not mentioned in History books was the Grain supply of his Army by the US. If Madison had decided to cut that, it could've seriously damaged his Army as his Letters to Horse Guards attest to l. This article on the subject will be of interest to read on how events in the US affected Spain
I have read your four sailing thriller novels, and found they were quite good. I have one friendly suggestion, though. Please do not describe the movements of people who are shot with guns as if they had been hit by a 200 lb. sledgehammer. Cheap Hollywood movies sometimes make that mistake, but quality writing such as yours should not. I know whereof I speak, being a retired prosecutor and having tried more than 100 homicide cases, and having attended many seminars in weapons and ballistics. The impact of a bullet has the same force as the recoil of the gun that fired it - in other words, enough force to move the hand holding the gun back a bit, but not nearly enough to throw a human body around like a rag doll.
Thank you for the pleasurable experience of reading your novels. I hope you are not insulted by my mild criticism, it was not intended that way.
Ken Simon, Sr.
I saw this wiki article if you ever did a spin off on Frederickson's time in Canada, his US Rifle Regiment opponents for when he gets to Canada. Bit of a mixed bag They won and lost fights but still interesting to read. Slight differences in Uniform and Rifle to the 95th and 60th of course
You are my favorite historical author and I'm so glad you wrote another book in the last kingdom series. I've read them all.
My father was an avid fan of yours for many years. He turned me onto your books when I was a teenager and I've read almost everything you've published since. We both love Richard Sharpe and he is spoken of in the same way you might an old familiar friend.
My father passed away last year after struggling with Parkinsons. Your books often helped him escape the bounds of his condition, allowed him to travel across miles and years. And now that he is gone, it is a great comfort to read your books and think on the endless conversations we had.
Thank you, Mr. Cornwell. Thank you for your brilliant stories. Thanks for giving me something to share with my dad and for these memories I keep of him.
I am very sorry for your loss.
I am writing you to thank you for your books. I first found your books in my local public library in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. I was browsing through the stacks uninterestedly when a book with a sword on the cover struck my eye. I borrowed Excalibur and 4 hours later I was hooked! I've been a fan of your work ever since. The warlord chronicles are my favorite books, but the Saxon stories, the grail quest and the Sharpe series all have a special place in my heart. Ever since I've been reading and listening to your books and those by other authors. Thank you for turning me back into a reader, I'm sure you've done the same for many other young readers.
Keep up the excellent work!
I read a couple of your thrillers recently and thoroughly enjoyed them. You should write a few more of them.
Dear Mr. Cornwell:
Just a quick note to thank you for the Starbuck Chronicles, and to let you know how thoroughly I enjoyed not only the story line and flow, but also and especially the characters in the four books.
I sincerely hope that amid your continued passion, you can find time and desire to continue the series.
Again, thank you for the hours of enjoyment.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I just looked up the kindle-website for your next book and realised - ok, i`m through. With everything. Have to wait till autumn until my old friend Sharpe returns.
I`m a 52-year old welder from Germany, noticed your name after watching the first season of "the last kingdom". In this weeks back then three years ago I decided to repolish my rusted english and bought the first Uhtred-book in English ... and found the books so much better, richer, more inspiring then the movies. The same applies to Lt.Col. Richard Sharpe. Meanwhile I know much more about english history then about my own, my wife always hears me sighing: "Why don`t we have a Bernard Cornwell"
My last book of you was wildtrack, finished yesterday, and I really want to say that you wrote not one single boring and disappointing novel in your whole live. Can`t say the same about my other favourite writers Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Frantzen, John Irving. So thank you for three years of good entertainment, for improving my english, for raising my interest in english history.
I wish you a long life meaning I wish for myself a lot more of Cornwellstuff. Can`t wait to meet my old pal Sharpe again.
Love and reverence,