Bernard Cornwell


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Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News.

In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American. "Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels." The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle. Today he has 20 Sharpe adventures behind him, plus a series about the American Civil War, the Starbuck novels; an enormously successful trilogy about King Arthur, The Warlord Chronicles; the Hundred Years War set Grail Quest series; and his current series about King Alfred.

Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.



1. Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811 (The Sharpe Series, Book 11)
Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811 (The Sharpe Series, Book 11)
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Praise for Bernard Cornwell and the Sharpe series: 'Cornwell describes military action brilliantly. He evokes all the sights and sounds and smells while managing to describe the fluctuations of the battle with enough vim to keep you in suspense…The Sharpe novels ... Read more

2. The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 1)
The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell
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Does the fact that the The Last Kingdom inaugurates yet another series from Bernard Cornwell fill you with anticipation--or trepidation? His immensely popular Sharpe novels are, of course, the bedrock of the author’s popularity. But when readers learned that he was to abandon the redoubtable Sharpe for a Grail ... Read more

3. Azincourt
Azincourt
by Bernard Cornwell
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Praise for Azincourt ‘If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past. No one else could hope to take Shakespeare’s Henry ... Read more

4. Rebel (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1)
Rebel (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell
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‘His series of Sharpe novels earned him almost every accolade possible. This is even better’ DAILY MAIL... Read more

5. Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels
by Bernard Cornwell
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‘Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.’ Daily Mail... Read more

6. The Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 3)
The Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 3)
by Bernard Cornwell
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Praise for ‘The Lords of the North’: ‘Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell’s enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would ... Read more

7. Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 (The Sharpe Series, Book 14)
Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 (The Sharpe Series, Book 14)
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‘Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.' Sunday Telegraph'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' ... Read more

8. Gallows Thief
Gallows Thief
by Bernard Cornwell
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By setting Gallows Thief in the Regency period, Bernard Cornwell is able to use his customary skills of characterisation and razor-sharp plotting against a vividly realised new backdrop. It is Britain in the 1820s. After the wars with France, with unemployment high and soldiers paid off, the government lives ... Read more

9. The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 2)
The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 2)
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The Pale Horseman is the second book in Bernard Cornwell's Alfred the Great sequence, and this highly experienced author will be well aware of the pitfalls awaiting the creator of any second book in a series -- particularly when its predecessor, The Last Kingdom, was so enthusiastically received. The ... Read more

10. A Crowning Mercy
A Crowning Mercy
by Bernard Cornwell
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A highly entertaining, wonderfully colourful story, now revealed to be written by one of our favourite historical novelists.In mid seventeenth-century England, the nation was in upheaval. In the Dorset countryside, one sunlit afternoon, a young girl – illicitly bathing in a stream – first fell in love with a ... Read more

11. Sword Song (The Alfred Series, Book 4) (Alfred the Great 4)
Sword Song (The Alfred Series, Book 4) (Alfred the Great 4)
by Bernard Cornwell
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Praise for ‘The Lords of the North’: ‘Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell’s enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would ... Read more

12. The Bloody Ground (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 4)
The Bloody Ground (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 4)
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" The best so far in Cornwell's American Civil War series ... Read more

13. Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC
Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC
by Bernard Cornwell
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From the earliest times, human beings have looked at the sun and the moon, and at life and death, and have imagined gods who control such things, and looked for ways to control those gods. In ... Read more