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Mr Cornwell I have much enjoyed all of the Sharpe Novels. However I am surprised that no major Film has yet been produced regarding some of these gripping adventures, especially now where Digital Technology can enhance battle scenes etc. Have you ever been approached to consider this. I found the TV Series was good but did not capture the scent of battle, fear and tension which the books so impeccably. I am a big fan of a film called the Duelists, which was set over a number of years in the Napoleonic period. Have you heard of this story? Perhaps similar justice could be given to one or two gems such as Sharpe's Fortress, Eagle or Sword. G. Casey

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I couldn't agree more, but alas it ain't up to me!


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Thank you yet again for the chance to escape reality, like many of the other correspondents on your site I have read the majority of your works, and have just enjoyed Gallows thief (after purchasing via a special offer in Sainsburys) please let us have more adventures a start another series!! in all your spare time! Mark


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Imagine my suprise when visiting a bookshop before Christmas and seeing your paperback "A Crowning Mercy" on the shelf. Well, gotta say , fantastic book....the ending was amazing!. Looking forwad to the next great read! Owe Phillips


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I recently saw a screenshot of an upcoming Arthurian film in the Daily Mirror. There were no details about the film other than Ray Winstone plays Bors and there was a screenshot of Guinevere in battle. Is this film in any way connected to your Warlord chronicles? Many thanks for giving me hours of enthralling reading, long may it continue. Neil Cooper

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No, no connection.


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It all started with a friend of mine telling me about a book he had that was something to do about an English archer and his long bow. Got that book and before I knew it, blasted through it, through Stonehenge, through 3 books about Arthur, through Red Coat, through Gallows and onto Vagabond and then onto a series about a smart mouthed, head strong, yankee who was fighting for the south and doing a damn good good job of it!! Oh yeah, made time for Heretic too!!! All this before I even stopped to investigate the author. This Bernard Cornwell. That I suppose is the power of your writing. I was truly blown away. I had never read that voraciously in my life. I know what you're thinking, Where is Sharpe? Truth be told, everything in my life after work was on hold while I read all those books!!! I am itching to get into the Sharpe series and very well will. I just know it is going to be a journey, a long one. Besides that, I now need to get some reading glasses!!! My eyes are wore out!!! Anyhow, thank you for defying the system that would not give you a work permit!! As it turns out, it was a gift to all of us who have read and will continue to read your books. MORE STARBUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is time for Nate to ride again. I hope you agree!! Brian Cummings


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Hi Mr. Cornwell, Just wanted to say the Sharpe series is great. I'm about halfway through them for the first time, and I think the stories are riveting, the battles intense, and your writing style always a pleasure to read. I'm a bit of a writer myself (you probably hear that a lot), and I was digging through some books on the shelf trying to see how different authors start their novels. Well, I pick one of my wife's suspense novels up and half fall asleep after the 1st paragraph. Then I pick up Sharpe's Tiger, and I'm into page 5 or 6 before I realize what I'm doing! Anyway, excellent series. Look forward to reading all the Sharpe books and your Hundred Years War series, of which I just bought the first book. Thanks! -Scott


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Further to my e-mail of December about Wellington's plaque in Salamanca. The Times yesterday Jan 7 had an article about a proposed road through the battlefield. A bypass around the Arrapilles. Also a local archaeologist was having problems with uncovered grave pits. Thought you might be interested. Happy New Year. Nigel James

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How terrible! I was there last year and there is a newish road that runs well east of the Arapiles - I can't think they'll cut across that part of the battlefield because it ain't on the way to anywhere. Still - if anyone has the Times article I'd love to know more.


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I feel really strong that you should make your "Warlord series" (about Arthur and Derfel) into movies... I think that they are the best books I've ever read in my entire life!! and I'm serious they are amazing, but anyways... I would love it if you made the series into a movie... I would watch them all maybe 20 times... please try thank you. Neil

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Thanks Neil, I would love it too. But I'm not a filmmaker, so it's up to someone else to try.


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I took a novel on holiday some years ago and now cannot remember the title, maybe from my descriptions from what I can recall you may be able to help me. It involved a sea-going Captain from the Americas,who was trading with the French, finally allied himself with Sharpe, it was the year Major Hogan died from fever. I own a lot of Sharpe's Novels which I read over and over and would be indebted to you if you can give me the Title of this Sharpes Novel. Many thanks. Raymond Miller

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The novel title you seek is Sharpe's Siege.


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Stand-to-horse!, is the first command of a Civil War Cavalry formation. Kind of like "fall in!". Re-enacting has been my hobby since 1976, our Bi-centennial got me started with a Rev. war F&I unit ST. Annes Parish Militia out of Ft. Des Chartres in Illinois. The ground around there is almost as fertile for history as it is for corn. If you get over that way stop off. South of St. Louis on the Illinois sideof the Mississippi. I've read every Cornwell book I've got ahold of and own most. Love em all. Did so from the beginning. I would like to hear more about that Kings German Legion troop from the Sharpe series. Most of your "horsework" is spot on. "has a good seat". There are several good units on the continent and UK. I transitioned to Mounted Cavalry in '78, 7th Ill. Vol. Cavalry, one of Col Greirsons units on his raid hollywood used for "Horse Soldiers". I am presently with Co.C, 5th Texas CAV., part of Old Ft. Griffith Mem. Regt. out of Texas. We do both Confederate and Union Civil War, and 1870's frontier CAv. In that role we act as agressors for and American indian re-enactment group in Wyoming's annuall, "buffalo days". Daylight patrols and skrimishs and night raids on picket lines. The "hostiles" "hunt" buffalo from horseback and we get invited to feast at end of Week. Wah! Shining times. Do you know of any good books on Maj. Patrick Ferguson. I've read his scottish biography. About his duel as Coronet, and his sucsessful campaign against Caribs. I had a replica of his rifle which was too tight and didn't work, Haven't talked to anyone with the new Naragansett replicas, understand the breech plug is tapered and leaks a little on firing about like a "Paper Cutter '59 Sharps". I think there is a Great story lurking in the History of this solitary British officer buried in Carolina. It was good chatting with you, keep up the good writing. Kenneth James

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Remember that King George III (and the II and the I) was a Hanoverian, which meant he was ruler of Hanover as well as Britain. The King's German Legion was basically the rump of the Hanoverian army - Hanover was occupied by the French and the KGL reformed in Britain - infantry, cavalry and artillery, and very good they were too. After Napoleon's defeat they returned to Hanover and, eventually, became part of the German army - which is why some German regiments in the first world war had British battle honours on the standards. Life is complicated. I'm afraid I don't know of any good books on Maj. Patrick Ferguson, and I ought to. I do know that his rifle, which was very promising, was abandoned after his death - an interesting story and I'm lamentably ignorant about it.