Your Questions

Q

Hi Sir,

Just wondering if you’ve ever considered writing about the knights Templar? It seems to be within your scope. I’d enjoy your take on this controversial and mysterious bit of history

John Madden

A

I've given it some thought....but It's not high on the list.


Q

Hello!

I know there was a BBC series about Sharpe made years ago, but with the incredible success of The Last Kingdom, is there anything in the works about a new series based on Sharpe?

By the way... I loved Sharpe's assassin!

Brian Cappello

A

I don't know of any plans for it.


Q

Dear Bernard

With the recent re-release of Christopher Duffy's book Eagle Over the Alps on Suvorov's Incredible Italian Campaign. I wondered what your thoughts were on his ability as a General and if he and Napoleon had gone up against each other what the Result would've been ? Also what would Sharpe have made of Suvorov given he seemed as mad as a box of frogs but brilliant for all that. And as for what happened at Praga showed, he was ruthless

Regards Geraint

P.S If you've not read it Eagles Over the Alps is definitely a book worth getting if you have not read it.

 

A

I have the book, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet – but Suvorov is a fascinating character and a quite brilliant soldier. He was probably fortunate that Napoleon had left Italy before he liberated most of northern Italy, and of course he never did have the chance to fight Napoleon. Given equal forces (which definitely did not happen in Switzerland) I suspect Suvorov would have given Napoleon a run for his money – but alas, we’ll never know.


Q

Dear Bernard

I saw this article on the 95th Website about New Orleans that might be of interest to read.

https://www.95thrifles.com/new-orleans

 

The American Rifle Regiment in 1812 used the Harpers Ferry Rifle, I wondered if you'd ever fired one and if so  which you preferred that or the Baker ?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpers_Ferry_Model_1803

Geraint

A

I have not fired the Harpers Ferry rifle, so can’t comment except to say that the Baker was battle-proven and very effective.

 


Q

Dear Bernard,

Have you ever considered a writing historical novel or series set in the Golden Age of Piracy? I would love you follow one of your swashbuckling, roguish protagonists through the rise and decline of such an iconic era.

Best wishes,

Luke

A

I have thought about a pirate adventure and it is tempting...


Q

Dear Bernard

wondered if you'd ever thought of Sharpe meeting the Black Stumps 1 day and what your own thoughts were on this unit.

Regards

Geraint

https://glengarrylightinfantry.ca/

A

I admit that I’ve never heard of the Black Stumps, so no, I haven’t thought of Sharpe meeting them!


Q

I just discovered there has been a new book in Sharpe's series. So I instantly bought Sharpe’s Assassin on Kindle and started reading it. In the first 25 paged, I ran into a strange thing when Lt.Col Sharpe talks to Major Vincent. Major Vincent refers to the Colonel as Sharpe, while Lt.Col Sharpe refers to the Major as sir, repeatedly. What's happening here?

Sharath Shetty

A

Sharpe was being snippy, which he can be – and in the Rifles, of course, officers were not addressed as ‘sir’, but as Mister Whatever.


Q

Hello Bernard,

how are you keeping?

I know that you are not looking at returning to the Starbuck books any time soon, but I was wondering if you had any plans for writing a book on the battle of Gettysburg?

Piers Renfree

A

It doesn't seem likely at this time.....


Q

Dear Sir,

I have read all your Sharpe series as well as 8 others. You have an amazing talent for historical fiction, and I thank you. It appears in Sharpe's Assassin that this is the end of your Sharpe series, but you tantalizingly say in the "historical note" that you will leave Sharpe "for the moment" in Normandy. Long live Sharpe and Harper.  By the way, if Col. Lanier is the monster in Napoleon's army, then surely Sharpe is the monster in the Duke's army.  And yet for some reason Lucille loves him. A bit more information on her feelings and perspective toward him would be very nice. Will Sharpe's Command address this?  Thanks so much.

With great respect,

Roger Nye

A

Sharpe's Command will not as the book takes place in 1812 - prior to Sharpe meeting Lucille.  They first meet in 1814 in Sharpe's Revenge.  You can also read more about Sharpe and Lucille in the short story, Sharpe's Ransom (found in the booklet Sharpe's Christmas).


Q

I have loved The Last Kingdom series (I wish there was one more book honestly to wrap it up).  Are there plans or have you thought of writing a book about Uhtred's ancestor that first came to Bebbanburg (as Uhtred mentions in the series)?

Craig Johnston

A

It's not in my plans at the moment....