Your Questions

Q

I thought Sharpe was from London but yet he worked at a bar near Halifax as a lad? How would this have happened?

Carl

A

He ran away from London – I can’t entirely recall why – and ended up in Yorkshire where he killed a man and joined the 33rd to evade the rope.

 


Q

As Patrick O'Brian is on record as having read the Sharpe books, I imagine that you will be familiar with O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. The series became far more popular than O'Brian thought they would be, and he ran out of Napoleonic years. His solution was to create extra years: 1812a; 1813b and so on.

I wanted to ask whether you might consider the same device for extending the Sharpe series? 'Assassin' has him in Paris in 1815; there appear to be hints from both Wellington and our hero that he will be available if called upon. Rather than casting back to the Peninsular years for the next novel, what a joy it would be to see Sharpe promoted to full Colonel (or General, which was held out as a prospect to Sharpe at the farewell dinner...) and recalled to the Colours in 1816 etc.

Any glimmer of a chance?

David lovibond

A

The glimmer exists, but for the next book I think I’m going back to 1812d.

 


Q

Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I have recently started reading your books on Anglo-Saxon England with Uhtred. In one of your interviews about your book War Lord, you mentioned that you read a lot Saxon poems.

I was curious what poems these would be? I'm developing a deep fascination for the Saxon era and wish to learn more about the stories from that time.

Thankyou very much for your time and hope you are keeping safe in these crazy times.

Kind Regards,

Max Tatton

A

There’s a lot of Anglo-Saxon poetry available – both in the original language and, mercifully, in translation. Perhaps the famous poems are The Wanderer and The Seafarer, while for a battle story there’s Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon,  I do like Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, while the other three I’ve mentioned should all be contained in any decent anthology of Anglo-Saxon verse.


Q

Dear Bernard

I have read and loved all the books of Uhtred. thank you so much for creating them and bringing to life a period history that I barely knew existed.  I'd love to learn more.  Could you recommend a history book that would cover the early history of England. Maybe a few hundred years either side of the period you've written of. Or even a bigger book! if there is some thing wonderful.

Thank you again

Best Regards

Aziz

A

This is a good general survey which covers the whole period of the Anglo Saxons up to the Norman invasion.  There are other books which go back farther, but I suspect   Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070 by Robin Fleming is what you’re after!


Q

Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I'm a massive fan of your work who has had the unfortunate luck to do some minor studies in film-making, which means that whenever I read one of your books, I'm now almost always thinking how their stories could be adapted to the screen. My question to you would be have you considered the possibility of a television adaptation of Azincourt or the Grail Quest trilogy? Having read your guidelines, I'm fairly certain my question probably doesn't breach them, given it pertains to television and film adaptations of your books, but if I'm wrong to ask this question, I apologise.

Nicholas Agalidis

A

I think there is one in the works.....although I haven't heard any news about it lately....


Q

Hi Bernard,

 

Longtime fan of the books and TV series of both Sharpe and Uhtred.

 

Just finished Assassin - thanks!

 

Have you read my favourite novel "The Skystone" by Jack Whyte which tells the beginning of the Arthurian legend?

 

Regina

A

Yes!  And I also enjoyed it!


Q

Dear Bernard

I know you've said your next book is Sharpe again which if I had a guess would be Rolica and Vimero but I wondered if you'd ever thought about doing any on the French and Indian War such as Wolfe and Montcalm and Quebec ?  A truly fascinating campaign

Regards

Geraint

 

A

I think Wolfe was a brilliant officer and I’ve been reading about him recently, so yes I am considering his story, but can make no promises.  I suspect he would have made a better commander during the revolution, but there are too many unknowns that make it impossible to know what that would have accomplished.


Q

Dear Mr Cornwell,

I just had to contact you as I have read your books and now watched The Last Kingdom. Fantastic on both.

I would never have the skills to write , however I thought I might suggest to you something that is dear to my heart.

As a proud Borderer brought up with the tales of the Border Reivers I thought it might be a future project for you.

Kindest regards

David Roseburgh

A

Thank you!  But I think George MacDonald Fraser did it much better than I could!


Q

I have read all your books starting way back with Sharp. You have always been able to transport me into which ever world that you wrote of and have given me many blissful hours. I was a little disappointed that you abandoned the Starbuck Chronicles but I recovered and continued on with your other works but I cannot believe that you are not going to complete The Last Kingdom. A new Sharpe has me excited but how can you just stop in the middle of a series

Chris Turner

A

The Last Kingdom series of books is complete!  The thirteenth and final book is 'War Lord' - published last year (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/books/war-lord/)

 

 


Q

I thoroughly enjoyed reading both your Saxon Tales and Sharpe series I read every book including your new book Sharpe's Assassin.  Being born in England and now living in the US, I enjoyed the English history in both books.  Am I correct in assuming that due to the approximate 5 year gap between Sharpe's Ransom (In Sharpe's Christmas and Sharpe's Devil that you intend to write more books in this series and do you also intend to write more in the Saxon Tales after War Lord?  Thanks for your reply and I also look forward to reading more of your books including Agincourt which I had not yet read.

Pete Harvey

A

I do not have plans for more books in The Last Kingdom series, but....another Sharpe is a possibility!