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.
In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.
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.
SHARPE IS BACK. This September, global bestseller Bernard Cornwell returns with his iconic hero, Richard Sharpe. If any man can do the impossible it's Richard Sharpe . . . Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe is a man with a reputation. Born in the gutter, raised a foundling, he joined the army twenty-one years ago, and it's been his home ever since. He's a loose cannon, but his unconventional methods make him a valuable weapon. So when, the dust still settling after the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington needs a favour, he turns to Sharpe. For Wellington knows that the end of one war is only the beginning of another. Napoleon's army may be defeated, but another enemy lies waiting in the shadows - a secretive group of fanatical revolutionaries hell-bent on revenge. Sharpe is dispatched to a new battleground: the maze of Paris streets where lines blur between friend and foe. And in search of a spy, he will have to defeat a lethal assassin determined to kill his target or die trying . . . SHARPE'S ASSASSIN is the brand new novel in the bestselling historical series that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
At the fortress of the eagles, three kings will fight... Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn't have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land. Uhtred - a legendary warrior, admired and sought as an ally, feared as an adversary - finds himself once again torn between his two heritages: fighting on what he considers the wrong side, cursed by misfortune and tragedy and facing one of his most formidable enemies. Only the most astute cunning, the greatest loyalty and the most spectacular courage can save him. For decades, Uhtred has stood at the intersection between Pagan and Christian, between Saxon and Viking, between the old world he was born into and the new world being forged around him. But as the winds of change gather pace, the pressure on Uhtred as father, as politician and as warrior grows as never before.
Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal. Showcasing his renowned storyteller's skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.
From the day it was stolen from me I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island, it was massive, it could only be approached on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon Queen Aethelflaed have agreed a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago - and which his scheming cousin still occupies. But fate is inexorable and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the fight for England's kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south.
Oh how I adore this trilogy, set around the legend of King Arthur. The wonderful Derfel, one of Arthur’s men, sits as the main protagonist but it is the conniving Merlin who has to be one of the most fascinating characters. This is a trilogy that swept me away to a time long ago, I felt the old gods and stood in battle alongside Derfel. Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller, I have read every single one of his books but the Warlord Chronicles tops the list for me. Books in The Warlord Chronicles Series: 1. The Winter King 2. Enemy of God 3. Excalibur Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series. If Uhtred is to succeed in recapturing Bebbanburg he must both defeat Aethelhelm's forces and drive the Scots away before he can attack the formidable fortress by the sea. He has a small army and many enemies, but Uhtred is not the supreme warlord of Britain for nothing...
The ninth novel in ‘The Last Kingdom Series' is as completely compelling and absolutely wonderful as the first. Bernard Cornwell is a master weaver of stories, the threads join seamlessly together to create an epic tale of history in the making. Uhtred, with age pressing in, is as battle ready as ever, however the years have brought an understanding of human nature which adds to his cunning. The first paragraph announces the death and destruction that is set to scorch the pages to come, the power and balance of battle dances on a knife edge. Uhtred’s tale is so personal, so brutally vivid, yet Bernard Cornwell writes with poetic beauty and the landscape was vibrantly visible in my minds eye. Not only are the battles fierce and the history within touching distance, the characters are so alive you feel transported to this time. I rode the wave of this exhilarating story and felt a shock when I surfaced back to reality. ‘Warriors of the Storm’ is a marvellous knockout of a read.
'Some battles change nothing. Waterloo changed almost everything.' On the 18th June, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre-Bras and the Prussians at Ligny. The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield. Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour-by-hour account of that fateful day. In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon's escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields. Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published to coincide with the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy - and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.
The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but instability and the threat of Viking raids still hang heavy over Britain's kingdoms. For Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians, is dying, leaving no heir and the stage is set for rivals to fight for the throne. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Mercia's greatest warrior, has always supported Athelflaed to be Mercia's next ruler, but will the aristocracy ever accept a woman as their leader? Even one who is Aethelred's widow and sister to the king of Wessex? As the Mercians squabble and the West Saxons try to annex their country, new enemies appear on the northern frontier. The Saxons desperately need strong leadership, but instead they are fighting for an empty throne and threatening to undo the unity and strength they have fought so hard to achieve. Bernard Cornwell's new novel is an outstanding tale of a country torn apart by invasions and dynastic strife, from a master storyteller.
This is the sort of book that once started you resent having to put it down so don’t begin it too late at night. It is the seventh in the Warrior Chronicles but you can read it on its own. It’s quite simply one of the best in this ancient history area. This is Saxon/Dane territory, the continuing adventures of Uhtred of Beddanburg which leaves us with a huge cliff hanger!
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force. There is little Sharpe would enjoy more.
Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799. When a senior British officer is captured by the Tippoo of Mysore's forces, Sharpe is offered a chance to attempt a rescue, which in turn offers an escape from the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill. But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe. The Sharpe series:1. Sharpe's Tiger2. Sharpe's Triumph3. Sharpe's Fortress4. Sharpe's Trafalgar5. Sharpe's Prey6. Sharpe's Rifles7. Sharpe's Havoc8. Sharpe's Eagle8. Sharpe's Christmas9. Sharpe's Gold10. Sharpe's Escape11. Sharpe's Fury12. Sharpe's Battle13. Sharpe's Company14. Sharpe's Sword15. Sharpe's Enemy16. Sharpe's Honour17. Sharpe's Regiment18. Sharpe's Siege19. Sharpe's Revenge20. Sharpe's Waterloo21. Sharpe's Devil
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 November 2010. Bernard Cornwell, King of the historical action adventure has picked on an extraordinary battle in history -The Penobscot Expedition - that has fascinated the author for years, and will now fascinate his readers. Told from both sides of the battle, the main characters are all real figures from history. Based on diaries, letters and court transcripts, we meet many of the war’s greatest heroes. It’s Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The war of Independence was in its third year and no other British troops stood between Canada and New York. The State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British, but when they sent a fleet of forty vessels to captivate, kill and destroy they underestimated their enemies; calm in battle and ready for victory. It’s historical action and adventure at its very best and will be eagerly awaited by his millions of readers and new readers too.
From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the tenth installment in the world-renownedSharpe series, chronicling the rise of Richard Sharpe, a Private in His Majestys Army at the siege of Seringapatam. Sharpes job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugals ancient university city.Sharpes Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massenas crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.
A lost legacy puts one of England's great families in mortal peril ... Lazen Castle, home to the much-envied Lazender family, is a house under siege. The heir is abroad, pursuing his own adventures, so the family estates fall under the control of his sister, Campion. Meanwhile, The Fallen Angels, a powerful and dangerous secret society in Europe, need the Lazender fortune to bring their rebellion to England. Surrounded by deceit, Campion draws ever closer to a subtle trap that has been laid for her, her only hope being Gypsy - her brother's aloof horse-master, whose loyalties have always been uncertain. In this powerful blend of passion, adventure and intrigue, the second chronicle of the great Lazender family comes to life.
Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at ten, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up. He is left uncertain of his loyalties but a slaughter in a winter dawn propels him to the English side and he will become a man just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet on Alfred's kingdom. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance. The Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell's books, is firmly based on true history. It is the first novel of a series that will tell the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants and of the enemies they faced, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother, Ubba. Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a story of divided loyalties, reluctant love and desperate heroism. In Uhtred, he has created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom one of his most powerful and passionate novels.
The ninth book in the epic and bestselling series that has gripped millions. A hero will be forged from this broken land. As seen on Netflix and BBC around the world. ALONE IN A SEA OF ENEMIES. BOUND TOGETHER BY LOYALTY, BELIEF AND DESPERATION. Wessex, led by the pious King Alfred, is the last Saxon stronghold against the savage strength of the Vikings. Now it is struggling for its very existence. Uhtred, a Saxon raised by Vikings, is no ordinary warrior. As sharp of mind as he is of sword, his lust for life and battle sits badly with Alfred and his priests. But they face dire odds and Uhtred's unique knowledge and fearlessness mean that he may be their only hope in the coming battle ...
The year is 1811 and the French appear to have won their war in Portugal and Spain, with Spain fallen to the invader except for the sea-wrapped city of Cadiz. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in Cadiz, but an attack on a French held bridge goes disastrously wrong and Sharpe finds himself in a city under French siege and political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country's future would he best served by forging a friendship with Napoleon's France, and their cause is helped when some letters, written to a whore by the British ambassador, fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe is released into the alleys of Cadiz to find the whore and retrieve the letters.Yet defeating the blackmailers will not save the city. That is up to the charismatic Scotsman, Sir Thomas Graham, who takes a small British army to attack the French siege lines. The attack goes horribly wrong, Sir Thomas's outnumbered army is trapped, and Richard Sharpe finds himself embroiled in one of the most desperate infantry struggles ever to have been fought. In a bloody and stirring battle, Sharpe and the English get their revenge and their victory, but at a terrible cost. A triumph of both historical and battle fiction, Sharpe's Fury will sweep both old and new Sharpe fans into their hero's incredible adventures.Performed by Paul McGann
The third book in the epic and bestselling series that has gripped millions. A hero will be forged from this broken land. As seen on Netflix and BBC around the world. The year is 878. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, fresh from fighting for Alfred the Great, must journey north with a band of men to avenge his father, who has been cut down by the Danish lord Kjartan, Uhtred's oldest enemy. But the north is a realm of chaos, rebellion and bloody retribution. As he plans his revenge attack, Uhtred is betrayed and ends up on a slave voyage to Iceland. Friends and alliances must unite to free him, and fight once more in the battle for England.
In the exhilarating Saxon Tales series, Bernard Cornwell reimagines one of the most fascinating tales in all of history - the birth of England - and breathes life into the brilliant king who made it possible: Alfred the Great.Alfred of Wessex has survived the Danush invasions, but though he now has an uneasy truce with his enemies, fresh Viking ships are arriving to plunder and enslave the Saxons. Those Vikings must be defeated, and Alfreds first move is to deny them their fortress on the Thames, the decayed Roman city of London. His weapon is Uhtred, a warrior of formidable reputation. But neither Alfreds wisdom, not Uhtreds prowess, might be enough to save Wessex when a Viking lord captures a prize of inestimable value.
Lord Utred Bebbanburgskij vsyu zhizn' srazhalsya za svoego korolya Al'freda, hotya i ne dozhdalsya dostojnoj nagrady za svoyu doblest'. On hranit klyatvu vernosti, dannuyu korolyu, no ne hochet prisyagat' ego nasledniku, princu EHduardu, slishkom slabomu, chtoby uderzhat' vlast'. Na smertnom odre Al'fred prosit Utreda predstavlyat' ego interesy na peregovorah ob ob"e;edinenii strany. Esli vse hristiane Britanii ob"e;edinyatsya, to, kogda molodoj EHduard unasleduet koronu, ego tron budet nadezhno zashchishchen. Vsya strana s sodroganiem zhdet smerti svoego pravitelya, ved' na britanskie zemli pretenduyut mnogie, v tom chisle varvary s severa. Utred dolzhen prinyat' neprostoe reshenie, kotoroe navsegda izmenit ego zhizn' i hod istorii: vzyat' v ruki mech ili slozhit' oruzhie, i pust' mechta Al'freda o edinom korolevstve umret vmeste s nim... SHestoj roman iz cikla "e;Saksonskie hroniki"e;.
The first book in Bernard Cornwells bestselling Grail Quest series, in a bright and bold repackage.The year is 1342. The English, led by Edward III, are laying waste to the French countryside. The army may be led by the King, but it is the archers, the common men, who are Englands secret weapon. The French know them as Harlequins.Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers. But he is also on a personal mission: To avenge his fathers death and retrieve a stolen relic. Thomas begins a quest that will lead him through fields smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Crcy.
Stoletnyaya vojna v samom razgare. Anglijskie garnizony stoyat v Normandii, Bretani i Akvitanii; korol' shotlandskij, soyuznik francuzov, tomitsya v londonskom Tauehre; CHernyj princ - EHduard Uehl'skij - opustoshaet yug Francii, kotoraya "e;pohozha na krupnogo olenya, terzaemogo ohotnich'imi sobakami"e;. CHtoby slomit' vragov okonchatel'no, EHduard zatevaet opustoshitel'nyj nabeg cherez samoe serdce Francii, ostavlyaya za soboj sozhzhennye fermy, razrushennye mel'nicy, goroda v ruinah i istreblennyj skot. Graf Nortgempton prikazyvaet svoemu vassalu po prozvishchu Bastard prisoedinit'sya k vojskam princa EHduarda, no prezhde otyskat' sokrovishche temnyh vladyk - mech Malis. Po utverzhdeniyu chernyh monahov, ehto mogushchestvennaya relikviya, obladanie kotoroj sulit pobedu v bitve. A bitva predstoit velikaya - v sentyabre 1356 goda prevoskhodyashchie sily protivnika ustraivayut anglijskoj armii lovushku bliz goroda Puat'e... Bastardom nazyvaet sebya ne kto inoj, kak Tomas iz Huktona, geroj romanov "e;Arlekin"e;, "e;Skitalec"e;, "e;Eretik"e;. "e;1356. Velikaya bitva"e; prodolzhaet ehtu blestyashchuyu trilogiyu, prinadlezhashchuyu peru Bernarda Kornuehlla - neprevzojdennogo mastera literaturnyh rekonstrukcij, vozrozhdayushchih pered glazami chitatelej nravy i batal'nye sceny Srednevekov'ya. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!
An oath of loyalty. Two warring kings. A destiny he didn't choose... England is in turmoil as Vikings and Saxons battle for territory. Rumours build about the fatal sickness of the King, and the country awaits an heir. A violent clash at sea forces the warrior lord Uhtred to lead his men from his Northumbrian fortress to London and plunge into the eye of the storm. For two kings claim the empty throne, and a new kingdom cannot be born without bloodshed. Uhtred's sword will leave one king dead and the other victorious. But sometimes it is hard to know the will of the gods... 'Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell' LEE CHILD
Temnye veka v Britanii. Haos vot-vot ohvatit territorii, podvlastnye Arturu. Ego vlast' oslablena myatezhom Lanselota i predatel'stvom Gvinevery. No Artur vse eshche vladeet EHkskaliburom, odnim iz tridcati Sokrovishch Britanii - mechom, dayushchim vlast'. I poehtomu Artur, prezrev prevratnosti sud'by, brosaet vyzov svoim vragam. "e;EHkskalibur"e; - zhestkoe realisticheskoe povestvovanie o rannem Srednevekov'e, napisannoe odnim iz luchshih avtorov sovremennogo istoricheskogo romana Bernardom Kornuehllom. Zaklyuchitel'naya kniga iz trilogii o legendarnom korole-polkovodce Arture, proniknutaya duhom podlinnoj Istorii.
Velikij korol' Artur, nepobedimyj vozhd' brittov, uspeshno protivostoyal zavoevatelyam-saksam, uchredil rycarskij orden Kruglogo stola, za kotorym vse byli ravny mezhdu soboj. I pust' istoricheskaya pravda pogrebena v toj davnej ehpohe bol'shih peremen, velikogo pereseleniya narodov i stremitel'no zarozhdayushchihsya i ischezayushchih carstv, zavesa proshlogo priotkryvaetsya pered nami siloj pisatel'skogo talanta Bernarda Kornuehlla. Britaniya VI veka. Artur, nezakonnyj syn verhovnogo korolya Utera, dobivaetsya ob"e;edineniya razroznennyh korolevstv brittov, chtoby sovmestnymi usiliyami vygnat' zahvatchikov s rodnoj zemli. Posle pobedy v Lugg-Vejle mechta Artura blizka k voploshcheniyu, no ego plany razrushaet predatel'stvo nepomerno chestolyubivoj zheny Gvinevery i blizkogo druga Lanselota. Odnako duh vozhdya brittov, prozvannogo Vragom Bozh'im, ne tak-to legko slomit'. Vtoroj roman iz trilogii o legendarnom korole-polkovodce Arture, proniknutyj duhom podlinnoj Istorii.
IN THE FINAL RECKONING, CHOOSE YOUR SIDE CAREFULLY... The epic conclusion to the globally bestselling historical series. After years fighting to reclaim his rightful home, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has returned to Northumbria. With his loyal band of warriors and a new woman by his side, his household is secure - yet Uhtred is far from safe. Beyond the walls of his impregnable fortress, a battle for power rages. To the south, King AEthelstan has unified the three kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia - and now eyes a bigger prize. To the north, King Constantine and other Scottish and Irish leaders seek to extend their borders and expand their dominion. Caught in the eye of the storm is Uhtred. Threatened and bribed by all sides, he faces an impossible choice: stay out of the struggle, risking his freedom, or throw himself into the cauldron of war and the most terrible battle Britain has ever experienced. Only fate can decide the outcome. The epic story of how England was made concludes in WAR LORD, the magnificent finale to the Last Kingdom series.