Your Questions


Dear Bernard

This Article on the 1808 Russo Swedish War will be of interest to read. Given that the Royal Navy and a British Army under Sir John Moore ended up there. I wondered of you were tempted to get Sharpe there. There would be time before the Peninsular War but after Sharpe Prey. The Swedish King does sound absolutely mad and the Swedish and Finnish Troops seemed to out fight and beat the Russians a lot but tragically for them were let down by a terrible High Command Regards


P.S Please please consider a book on the War of 1812. I know I'm not the only Fan, British or American of yours  to want that. Even if you're reluctant to use Sharpe you could always use Frederickson or Chase instead.  The Glengarry Light Infantry were nicknamed the Black Stumps and operated in the 95th Role in Canada and in a lot of fights


I fear I’m not tempted – I gave him one foray to Denmark and that is probably enough!


I’ve been tempted by the War of 1812, but there’s no gap in the chronology that would allow Sharpe to cross the Atlantic – but I’ve done a huge amount of research so may yield to the temptation with another character?


Hi Mr Cornwell,

my name is Nathan I'm 14 and from Belgium.

I'd like to thank you, your many books have given me countless hours of joy.

I've read The Saxon Stories, The Warlord Chronicles, The Grail Quest, Agincourt, and I'm now reading the books about Richard Sharpe. I'm about to begin reading Sharpe's Battle, but i thought I'd see if you had a fan mail, so here I am. I've always been interested in history, but your books have inspired to do something with that interest. I'm sure you hear this often, but you write really well, and your books have also made me more interested in English literature. If you don't mind, I have a few questions. In the Richard Sharpe books, are the majority of officers real, or does it depend which officer I would be talking about? Was the guerilla warfare in Spain truly so brutal as you describe it? And is it know who really killed Tippu Sultan?

Since you most likely get many messages, I'll end my message here.

Thank you for writing books and thank you for reading this,

kind regards,



The majority of the officers are fictional, but obviously Lord Wellington is a real character and so are a few others like Colonel Fletcher in Company. I hope the historical notes at the end of each novel offers a guide to who is ‘real’ and who isn’t, but it’s safe to assume most are fictional. And yes, the guerilla war was horrific, with terrible acts of cruelty committed by both sides.  And no, we don’t know who killed the Tipoo Sultan, except that it was a redcoat who probably kept quiet because he must have looted a fortune in jewels from the Tippoo’s corpse!




Are there going to be any more Starbuck Chronicles ?

Best regards,



Dear Bernard,

I know you’ve been asked this before so bear with me!

My mother in law gifted me ‘Battle Cry of Freedom’ for my birthday, a vast improvement on the usual pants/ plants nons nee, and  having read most of that I decided to revisit an old friend of mine, your Starbuck Chronicles. I’ve almost finished #4 and I’ve never read such a visceral description of a battle as your writing on Antietam. I’m right there with Starbuck. The writing is phenomenal, and whilst your favourite work of mine has to be the Warlord Chronicles, Starbuck is a close second.

Anyway, it appalls me that Billy Blythe got away with his deeds, and I’d love to read how Starbuck gets his revenge on that sumbitch and how he, Truslow, Pecker and Swynard fare at Gettysburg and hope that they aren’t part of Picket’s bridgade.

Do you have any plans at all to revisit Starbuck?

Yours imploringly

Owe Phillips


Just a small nudge in case you have forgotten. I thoroughly enjoyed the Sharpe series and the Arthur trilogy, all your books in fact, but I do have a moan... why have you abandoned Starbuck? I read the first 4 in the 90's with great pleasure, but it has been a long wait for the next... :( I keep hoping,

best regards,



I'm afraid I do not have plans to return to Starbuck at this time.


Dear Bernard

Given your half Canadian I wondered if as a 1 off you've ever considered writing about the 1775 Siege of Quebec. A fascinating but rather unknown campaign it seems. Yet there's a reason Canada didn't go independent with the other Colonies and this was it.

I don't know if you've read these or not but if not can I recommend War at Saber Point by John Knight on Tarleton and the British Legion.

War at Saber Point: Banastre Tarleton and the British Legion


As well as Fusiliers by Mark Urban on the 23rd Royal Welsh who fought in most of the major battles from Lexington to Yorktown

Fusiliers: Eight years with the Redcoats in America



I've given it some thought.....maybe....



I'm a huge fan of yours. I was never really into reading books until my parents gifted me the first book of the Warlord Chronicles and it changed my life. Now I devour books as I do with beer. The Warlord Chronicles is still my favourite book series.


My question is regarding to the upcoming tv show "The Winter King". I wanted to know if you are involved in some way, either with casting or some of the writing. Or do you have any say in how to proceed with this project.


I am super excited to see my favourite book series on tv but at the same time I'm afraid to be disappointed.

Daniel Sousa


I am not involved - but I am looking forward to seeing it!



I wonder if you read and like the Patrick O`Brian  Aubrey/Maturin novels that are set around the same time as your Sharpe books?   I know you read Horatio Hornblower as a kid. Thanks.




Yes!  Read them all a long time ago now.


Dear Mr. Cornwell,

Thank you so much for returning to the Sharpe series. I am looking very much forward to the next book. Assassin was truly wonderful. Would you please, please consider writing a booklet, like Sharpe Story, to help us have closure on Nathaniel Starbuck?

Respectfully and Humbly,

a devoted reader,




I'll consider it....but no promises!


Is there any hope that Sharpe might get a reboot in the near future?  Just thinking about it with modern filming and a good budget gives me the chills.

William Abruzzino


I am not aware of any plans for it....


Dear Bernard

I have read most of your books including all the Sharpe novels. I think I'm addicted to them!

One thing has me puzzled - in Sharpe's Assassin Sharpe addresses  Major Vincent as  'sir' when Sharpe is a colonel and therefore outranks a major. Why is this?

Best regards and thanks for the terrific stories.



Dear Mr Cornwell

I am of course eagerly awaiting the arrival of 'Sharpe's Command.' Although Sharpe is an invention, he is taken seriously and regarded with affection by his innumerable fans.  I realise this may occasionally be irksome, but this must mean that Sharpe's creator has a responsibility to be consistent and credible in the way our hero is treated. It is, for example, strange that in 'Assassin' Lt Col Sharpe calls an officer junior to him 'Sir', while that officer responds to Sharpe as if he is indeed of superior rank. In 'Waterloo' you have Sharpe saying that as his rank of major is Brevet, his real rank is Lieutenant - despite the guaranteed promotion to Captain following Badajoz. (I might say that these disappointing errors are repeated in the TV series).

In the same spirit, it would be deeply satisfying if the several hints of a return to the Colours that you gave us in 'Assassin,' meant that after 'Command' we might expect to see Sharpe go on to achieve his richly deserved generalship.

Best wishes

David lovibond


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


As a huge fan of your books I have often wondered how you write your more complicated and detailed battle scenes. For example, in Arthur’s last battle at Mount Badon did you construct a model or at least draw out the topography and warrior movements on paper. Or perhaps you were there!

Many thanks,




I try to discover where any battle was fought and then visit the site – easy enough for Wellington’s campaigns, but very tricky for the 6th Century AD!  So I decided to place Mount Badon just south of present day Bath on a hill I knew well, and to make the tactics believable I more or less copied Napoleon’s tactics at Austerlitz – which worked well for him and, in the end, for Arthur too!