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Bernard Cornwell - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals

Fools and Mortals

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

`With all the vivid history that is his trademark, Bernard Cornwell transports the readers to the playhouses, backstreets and palaces of Shakespeare's London with added depth and compassion' Philippa Gregory In the heart of Elizabethan England, young Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in the London playhouses, dominated by his older brother, William. But as a penniless actor with a silver tongue, Richard's onetime gratitude begins to sour, as does his family loyalty. So it is that Richard falls under suspicion when a priceless manuscript goes missing, forcing him into a high-stakes game of duplicity and betrayal, and through the darkest alleyways of the city. In this richly portrayed tour de force, Fools and Mortals takes you among the streets and palaces, scandals and rivalries, and lets you stand side-by-side with the men and women of Bernard Cornwell's masterful Elizabethan London.

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The Flame Bearer

The Flame Bearer

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

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.

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Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

'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 Empty Throne

The Empty Throne

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

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. In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler. England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne. The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more. The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation...

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The Empty Throne

The Empty Throne

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

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.

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Harlequin

Harlequin

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2009

A 2012 World Book Night selection. In the fourteenth century the English were just beginning to discover their national identity, and one of the strongest elements of this was the overwhelming success in battle of the English bowmen. England's archers crossed the Channel to lay a country to waste. Thomas of Hookton was one of those archers. When his village is sacked by French raiders, he escapes from his father's ambition to become a wild youth who delights in the opportunities which war offers -- for fighting, for revenge and for friendship. But Thomas is hounded by his conscience. He has made a promise to God to retrieve a relic stolen in the raid from Hookton's church. The search for the relic leads him into a world where lovers become enemies, enemies become friends and always, somewhere beyond the horizon that is smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English army, a terrible enemy awaits him. That enemy would harness the power of Christendom's greatest relic -- the grail itself. In this, the first book of a new series, Thomas begins the quest that will lead him through the fields of France, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Crecy.

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Other books by Bernard Cornwell

Sword of Kings

Sword of Kings

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/10/2019

THE INCREDIBLE NEW NOVEL FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a man of his word. An oath bound him to King Alfred. An oath bound him to AEthelflaed. And now an oath will wrench him away from the ancestral home he fought so hard to regain. For Uhtred has sworn that on King Edward's death, he will kill two men. And now Edward is dying. A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a small band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength and guile to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all. As two opposing Kings gather their armies, fate drags Uhtred to London, and a struggle for control that must leave one King victorious, and one dead. But fate - as Uhtred has learned to his cost - is inexorable. Wyrd bid ful araed. And Uhtred's destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again...

Sword of Kings

Sword of Kings

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

THE INCREDIBLE NEW NOVEL FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a man of his word. An oath bound him to King Alfred. An oath bound him to AEthelflaed. And now an oath will wrench him away from the ancestral home he fought so hard to regain. For Uhtred has sworn that on King Edward's death, he will kill two men. And now Edward is dying. A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a small band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength and guile to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all. As two opposing Kings gather their armies, fate drags Uhtred to London, and a struggle for control that must leave one King victorious, and one dead. But fate - as Uhtred has learned to his cost - is inexorable. Wyrd bid ful araed. And Uhtred's destiny is to stand at the heart of the shield wall once again...

War of the Wolf

War of the Wolf

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

AN EPIC NEW NOVEL FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR In the battle for power, two enemies will collide Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg knows that peace is far from reach. Though he has won the battle for his ancestral home, rebellion looms in Mercia and invading Norsemen appear at every turn. With the country in turmoil, Uhtred comes face-to-face with King Skoll, a violent Norseman leading an army of ulfhedinn, or wolf warriors, hellbent on seizing a kingdom - and killing any in his path. Surrounded and outnumbered by new enemies, Uhtred must call on all his skill and courage to survive, and prevent his beloved Northumbria from falling to the Viking hoards.

War of the Wolf

War of the Wolf

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/10/2018

AN EPIC NEW NOVEL FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR In the battle for power, two enemies will collide 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.

War of the Wolf

War of the Wolf

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

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.

Galgendieb

Galgendieb

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

Von seinem verblassenden Ruhm als Held bei Waterloo kann sich Rider Sandman im London des Jahres 1817 leider nichts kaufen. Aus schierer Not ubernimmt er einen Auftrag des Innenministers: Er soll routinemaig die Hintergrunde eines Todesurteils prufen. Der Fall: eine Dame von Adel, vergewaltigt und anschlieend erstochen, Tater war angeblich ein junger Maler. Dass der aber freiwillig keine Frau anfassen wurde, wird Sandman schnell klar. Nur wer war es dann?Die Tote hatte ein exotisches Vorleben als Schauspielerin - mit vielen Verehrern und noch mehr Feinden. Sandman fgt Puzzleteil an Puzzleteil und steht irgendwann vor der Tre des Seraphim's Club. Herren aus allerhchsten Kreisen verkehren darin. Und was sie dort treiben, wei keiner. Ein wunderbarer Roman aus dem London der Regency-Zeit, spannend, vor Leben sprhend, einfach groartig.

War of the Wolf

War of the Wolf

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2018

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.

Necios y mortales

Necios y mortales

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2018

Londres, siglo XVI. En el corazn de la Inglaterra isabelina, el joven Richard Shakespeare suea con una brillante carrera en los teatros londinenses, dominados por su hermano mayor, William. Aunque este le da trabajo en su compaa, los papeles son mnimos, y Richard est sin un cntimo y tiene que buscarse la vida para sobrevivir. La gratitud que siempre ha sentido hacia William comienza a resquebrajarse, y llega a plantearse robar los manuscritos de su hermano y venderlos a teatros rivales. Entonces desaparece un manuscrito de gran valor en la compaa de William, y todas las sospechas recaen sobre Richard, que se ver forzado a penetrar en los bajos fondos del Londres ms pendenciero para recuperarlo. Sbitamente se ve enredado en un doble juego de apuestas y traiciones, del que solo podr escapar aplicando todo lo que ha aprendido como actor en los mejores escenarios londinensesBernard Cornwell, con su inconfundible maestra narrativa, nos presenta una espectacular novela, con unos personajes inolvidables y un maravilloso retrato del Londres de la poca: el lector podr recorrer sus calles y empaparse de su ambiente, visitar los palacios de la nobleza, vivir en persona escndalos, rivalidades y ambiciones y ser un personaje ms en la sociedad isabelina de entonces. "e;Una novela rompedora. Recrea de forma prodigiosa la atmsfera y las intrigas de un poca apasionante"e;. The Times

Empty Throne

Empty Throne

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Nachalo X stoletiya. Britanskim zemlyam ugrozhaet vtorzhenie voinstvennyh danov, i ob"e;edinennye sily korolevstv Uehsseksa i Mersii s trudom protivostoyat im. Polozhenie usugublyaetsya so smert'yu EHtel'reda, vladyki Mersii, ne ostavivshego zakonnogo naslednika. Vdova EHtel'reda, nesmotrya na to chto obychaj velit ej ujti v monastyr', reshaet vzyat' brazdy pravleniya v svoi ruki. Ee podderzhivaet doblestnyj polkovodec Utred Bebbanburgskij, no mersijskie lordy vozmushcheny: gde ehto vidano, chtoby stranoj pravila zhenshchina? Mezhdu saksami nachinaetsya bor'ba za pustuyushchij tron, a tem vremenem na severnoj granice poyavlyaetsya novyj mogushchestvennyj vrag. Sud'ba anglijskoj nacii visit na voloske... Vos'moj roman iz cikla "e;Saksonskie hroniki"e;.

Narren und Sterbliche

Narren und Sterbliche

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2018

Der Winter 1595 ist kalt, das merkt auch die Truppe von William Shakespeare. Halbseidenes Gesindel sind diese Schauspieler, immer verfolgt von Obrigkeit und Geistlichkeit. Aber die Konigin liebt das Theater. Zur Hochzeit einer hohen Adeligen soll die Truppe eine neue Komodie auf die Buhne bringen: , "e;Der Sommernachtstraum"e;. Auch Shakespeares junger Bruder Richard spielt mit, dabei sind sich die beiden gar nicht grun. Dann geschieht eine Katastrophe: Eine feindliche Truppe lasst das Stuck stehlen. Aber Richard wei, wie die Urauffuhrung zu retten ist: Er wird das Stuck zuruckstehlen und damit William dazu bringen, ihn endlich als Bruder zu akzeptieren, ihm endlich eine mannliche Rolle zu geben - und dann fehlt ihm zum Gluck nur die Hand der schonen Sylvia...

1356

1356

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2018

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!

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

Author: Bernard Cornwell, Susan Kells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

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.

A Crowning Mercy

A Crowning Mercy

Author: Bernard Cornwell, Susan Kells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

In a country at war, a secret inheritance reveals a dark conspiracy ... On a sunlit afternoon in seventeenth-century Dorset, a young girl falls in love with a stranger. But when her Puritan brother tries to force her into an unbearable marriage she flees, taking with her only the gift left to her by her unknown father, a gold pendant sealed by an engraving of an axe, and the words: St Matthew. One of four intricately wrought seals - each holding a secret within - it can, when combined with the other three, bring great wealth and power. This power is her true inheritance - but it's a perilous legacy others will kill for ...