- Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell Born 23 February 1944
Occupation Author Nationality English Genres Historical fiction Notable work(s) Sharpe
Bernard Cornwell OBE (born 23 February 1944) is an English author of historical novels. He is best known for his novels about Napoleonic Wars rifleman Richard Sharpe which were adapted into a series of Sharpe television films.
Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Thundersley, Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict sect who were pacifists, banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwell.
Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School. He attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher. He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times, but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.
He then joined the BBC's Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland. He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News. He relocated to the United States in 1979 after marrying an American. Unable to get a green Card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit. He later became a U.S. citizen. He currently resides on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C. S. Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find that there were no such novels following Lord Wellington's campaign on land. Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S. through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series. He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most of the major battles of the Peninsular War. Cornwell took the name from rugby player Richard Sharp.
Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of "warm-up" novels. These were Sharpe's Eagle and Sharpe's Gold, both published in 1981. Sharpe's Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three-book deal. He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel Sharpe's Company published in 1982.
Cornwell and wife Judy co-wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym "Susannah Kells". These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms (aka The Aristocrats) in 1986. (Cornwell's strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War.) He also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British, in 1987.
After publishing 8 books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television. The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series. They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co-funding from Spain. The result was Sharpe’s Rifles, published in 1987 and a series of Sharpe television films starring Sean Bean.
A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed: Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord (aka Killer's Wake) in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and a political thriller called Scoundrel in 1992.
Azincourt was released in the UK in October 2008. The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, a devastating defeat suffered by the French during the Hundred Years War. In 2009, he released The Burning Land, another of the five Saxon Stories centered on the protagonist Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
His latest novel entitled The Fort was published on 30 September 2010. It relates to the events of the Penobscot Expedition of 1779 during the American Revolutionary War. Set in the summer of 1779, it follows a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry backed by three sloops-of-war, which were sent to what is now Castine in the State of Maine. The War of Independence was in its third year and the Scots were the only British troops between Canada and New York. Their orders were to make a garrison that could serve as a safe haven and a naval base. The State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British and sent a fleet of forty vessels and some one thousand infantrymen to 'captivate, kill or destroy' the invaders.
The Sharpe stories
Cornwell's best known books feature the adventures of Richard Sharpe, an English soldier during the Napoleonic Wars.
The first 11 books of the Sharpe series (beginning in chronological order with Sharpe's Rifles and ending with Sharpe's Waterloo, published in the US as Waterloo) detail Sharpe's adventures in various Peninsular War campaigns over the course of 6–7 years. Subsequently, Cornwell wrote a prequel quintology – Sharpe's Tiger, Sharpe's Triumph, Sharpe's Fortress, Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Prey – depicting Sharpe's adventures under Wellington's command in India, including his hard-won promotion to the officer corps, his return to England and his arrival in the 95th Rifles, and a sequel, Sharpe's Devil, set six years after the end of the wars.
He also wrote Sharpe's Battle, a novel "inserted" into his previous continuity, taking place during the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro. It has been alleged that Cornwell was initially dubious about the casting of Sean Bean for the television adaptations, but if this is true the doubts did not last as he was subsequently so delighted that he dedicated Sharpe's Battle to him, and has admitted that he subtly changed the writing of the character to align with Bean's portrayal. Since 2003, he has written further "missing adventures" set during the "classic" Peninsular War era.
The following is the correct 'historical' order, although they are all stand alone stories:
# Title Publisher Publication Date 1 Sharpe's Tiger
Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799
Harper Collins 1997 The first of Richard Sharpe's Indian adventures, pitting him against the sinister Tippoo Sultan in the siege of Seringapatam, 1799. 2 Sharpe's Triumph
Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803
Harper Collins 1998 Sharpe, now a Sergeant, finds himself alongside Sir Arthur Wellesley at the terrifying Battle of Assaye. 3 Sharpe's Fortress
Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803
Harper Collins 1998 Sharpe's first story as an officer takes him to the daunting fort of Gawilghur. This is also the last of his Indian adventures. 4 Sharpe's Trafalgar
Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Harper Collins 2000 Sharpe has to go home from India, and he would have left in 1805 and Cape Trafalgar lies on his way home, so why should he not be there at the right time? 5 Sharpe's Prey
Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807
Harper Collins 2001 This tells the tale of one of the most obscure campaigns of the whole of the Napoleonic wars. The Danes had a huge merchant fleet, second only in size to Great Britain's, and to protect it they possessed a formidable navy. But Denmark was a very small country and when, in 1807, the French decide they will invade Denmark and take the fleet for themselves, Britain has to act swiftly. Swiftly, but not particularly justly. 6 Sharpe's Rifles
Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809
Harper Collins 1988 The beginning of the Peninsular War (the battles between 1808 and 1814 to expel the French from Portugal and Spain). The Peninsular Campaign occupies most of the Sharpe series and this book begins during the infamous retreat to Corunna. 7 Sharpe's Havoc
Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Portugal, Spring 1809
Harper Collins 2003 Sharpe's Havoc is set during the French invasion of Portugal in 1809 and Sir Arthur Wellesley's devastating counter-attack. 8 Sharpe's Eagle
Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809
Harper Collins 1981 It tells the tale of the battle of Talavera. 9 Sharpe's Gold
Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810
Harper Collins 1981 10 Sharpe's Escape
Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign 1811
Harper Collins 2004 It is the late summer of 1810 and the French mount their third and most threatening invasion of Portugal. Captain Richard Sharpe, with his company of redcoats and riflemen, meets the invaders on the gaunt ridge of Bussaco where, despite a stunning victory, the French are not stopped. 11 Sharpe's Fury
Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811
Harper Collins 2006 Sharpe's Fury is based on the real events of the winter of 1811 that led to the extraordinary victory of Barossa. 12 Sharpe's Battle
Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811
Harper Collins 1995 The ghastly tale of the battle of Fuentes d'Onoro, a bloody struggle on the Portuguese frontier which deteriorated into a gutter fight in the narrow alleys of a small village. 13 Sharpe's Company
Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812
Harper Collins 1982 Tells the story of the horrifying assault on Badajoz in 1812. The British were in a foul mood, they had been given a hard time by the garrison and suspected that the city's Spanish inhabitants were French sympathisers, so when they got inside they went berserk. 14 Sharpe's Sword
Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812
Harper Collins 1983 In which Sharpe carries his sword (a 1796 pattern Heavy Cavalry sword, an ill-balanced butcher's blade) to the extraordinary battle outside Salamanca where, to quote an enemy General, Wellington 'destroyed forty thousand Frenchmen in forty minutes'. 15 Sharpe's Skirmish
Richard Sharpe and the defence of the Tormes, August 1812
Sharpe Appreciation Society 2002 (Short Story) It is the summer of 1812 and Richard Sharpe, newly recovered from the wound he received in the fighting at Salamanca, is given an easy duty; to guard a Commissary Officer posted to an obscure Spanish fort where there are some captured French muskets to repair. But unknown to the British, the French are planning a raid and Sharpe is in for a fight! 16 Sharpe's Enemy
Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812
Harper Collins 1984 By 1812 a lot of men had deserted from the British, French, Spanish and Portuguese armies and some of them, too many of them, had banded together in the border mountains where they were led by a renegade Frenchman nicknamed Pot-au-Feu. They formed a semi-military group of bandits and their enemies all agreed on one thing - they had to be crushed. Send for Sharpe. 17 Sharpe's Honour
Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813
Harper Collins 1985 Pierre Ducos, the French super-agent, tries to end Sharpe's life and the series. 18 Sharpe's Regiment
Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November 1813
Harper Collins 1986 Sharpe is sent home to raise soldiers for his regiment, the South Essex, and once in England he runs into an old enemy - Sir Henry Simmerson, once a Colonel of the South Essex and now, what else, a taxman. 19 Sharpe's Christmas
Two short stories, 1813
Sharpe Appreciation Society 2003 Sharpe's Christmas contains two short stories, 'Sharpe's Christmas' and 'Sharpe's Ransom'. 'Sharpe's Christmas' is set in 1813, towards the end of the Peninsular War and falls after Sharpe's Regiment. 'Sharpe's Ransom' comes after Sharpe's Waterloo and is set in peacetime. 20 Sharpe's Siege
Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814
Harper Collins 1987 Sharpe finds himself stranded, surrounded and with only one very unlikely ally - Captain Cornelius Killick from Marblehead, Massachusetts. 21 Sharpe's Revenge
Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814
Harper Collins 1989 This takes place between the end of the Peninsular War and the Waterloo Campaign - and Sharpe pursues Ducos to Italy, though not before he's fought in the climactic battle at Toulouse which is Wellington's last victory in the Peninsular War. 22 Sharpe's Waterloo
Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign, 15 June to 18 June 1815, US Title: Waterloo
Harper Collins 1990 The story of the battle - and Sharpe's part in it. 23 Sharpe's Ransom
(short story, 181?, appears in Sharpe's Christmas)
Sharpe Appreciation Society 2003 24 Sharpe's Devil
Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821
Harper Collins 1992 Sharpe, at last, meets Napoleon.
The Starbuck Chronicles
A tetralogy set during the American Civil War. The title character, Nathaniel Starbuck, is a Northerner who has decided to fight for the South in a Virginian regiment, the Faulconer Legion. The last novel to date in the series has been The Bloody Ground, taking place during the Antietam Campaign. Cornwell has said that he plans to write more Starbuck novels, but has not done so yet. On his website Cornwell has recently stated that he is 'thinking' about Starbuck again.
# Title Publisher Date 1 Rebel Harper Collins 1993 Nathaniel Starbuck stumbles into the Confederate army and finds himself at the first Bull Run. 2 Copperhead Harper Collins 1994 Takes Nate Starbuck from Ball's Bluff to the bloody campaign in the peninsula, where the unregarded Robert Lee assumes command of the rebel army. 3 Battle Flag Harper Collins 1995 Starbuck goes back to Bull Run for the second battle. 4 The Bloody Ground Harper Collins 1996 The horrors of Antietam.
The Warlord Chronicles
A trilogy depicting Cornwell's historical re-creation of Arthurian Britain. The series posits that Post-Roman Britain was a difficult time for the native Britons, being threatened by invasion from the Anglo-Saxons in the East and raids from the Irish in the West. At the same time, they suffered internal power struggles between their petty kingdoms and friction between the old Druidic religion and newly-arrived Christianity.
# Title Publisher Date 1 The Winter King Penguin Group 1995 After the death of Uther, High King of Britain, the country falls into chaos. Uther's heir is a child, Mordred, and Arthur, his uncle, is named one of the boy's guardians. Arthur has to fight other British kingdoms and the dreadful "Sais" - the Saxons - who are invading Britain. 2 Enemy of God Penguin Group 1996 At the end of The Winter King Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms and now he sets out to face the real enemy - the Saxons. 3 Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur Penguin Group 1997 In Excalibur we follow Arthur and Derfel to the battle of Mount Badon and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved.
The Grail Quest novels
A trilogy that deals with a mid-14th century search for the Holy Grail during the Hundred Years' War. An English archer, Thomas of Hookton, becomes drawn into the quest by the actions of a mercenary soldier called "The Harlequin," who murders Thomas's family in his own obsessive search for the Grail. Cornwell was planning at one point to write more books about the main character Thomas of Hookton and said that shortly after finishing Heretic he had "... started another Thomas of Hookton book, then stopped it – mainly because I felt that his story ended in Heretic and I was just trying to get too much from him. Which doesn't mean I won't pick the idea up again sometime in the future." 
# Title Publisher Date 1 Harlequin
US: The Archer's Tale
Harper Collins 2000 Thomas of Hookton leaves his native Dorset to fight against the French in Brittany and, afterwards, at the battle of Crecy in Picardy. It is a tale of longbows and butchery, especially when England's archers swarm into the Norman city of Caen. And over it all, like a dream, hovers the grail which is the epitome of chivalry and Christian decency, qualities which are in desperately short supply as the armies of France and England struggle at the beginning of what will be known as the Hundred Years War. 2 Vagabond Harper Collins 2002 Thomas of Hookton has been sent back to England to pursue his father's mysterious legacy which hints that the Holy Grail might exist and gets tangled with the Scottish invasion of 1347. He survives that only to discover that various powerful folk in France are pursuing the same quest, a complication that takes Thomas back to Brittany and the brutal fighting about La Roche-Derrien. 3 Heretic Harper Collins 2003 Thomas of Hookton travels south into Gascony and to a final confrontation with his cousin, Guy Vexille. The novel begins with the fall of Calais, and most of the events occur in the subsequent truce, but for Thomas and his companions there can be no truce, only a vicious small war which ends with them being besieged, not just by enemies intent on finding the grail, but by the Black Death.
The Saxon Stories
Cornwell's latest series focuses on the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, England during the 9th-century reign of Alfred the Great, his fierce opposition to the Danes and his determination to unite England as one country. According to Cornwell's replies on his website bulletin board, the series will not be a trilogy like his medieval works, but will have 3 or 4 more sequels: "I'm not sure how many there will be – perhaps seven? maybe eight?"
The latest in the series, titled The Burning Land, was released in Britain on 1 October 2009 and in the United States in January 2010.
# Title Publisher Date 1 The Last Kingdom Harper Collins 2004 Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of 9th Century Northumbria, but orphaned at ten, 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 last English kingdom when the Danes have overrun Northumbria, Mercia and East Anglia. 2 The Pale Horseman Harper Collins 2005 Describes the fateful year in which the Danes capture Alfred's kingdom and drive him as a fugitive into the marshes of Athelney. It seems that Wessex, and England, are destroyed, but Alfred is determined to make one desperate gamble that might save his kingdom. 3 The Lords of the North Harper Collins 2006 Uhtred, having helped Alfred secure Wessex as an independent Saxon kingdom, returns north in an attempt to find his stepsister. Instead he discovers chaos, civil war and treachery in Northumbria. He takes the side of Guthred, once a slave and now a man who would be king, and in return expects Guthred's help in capturing Dunholm, the lair of the dark Viking lord, Kjartan. There is betrayal, romance and war, and all of it, as usual, based on real events. 4 Sword Song Harper Collins 2007 Wessex, Alfred's kingdom, has survived the great Viking assaults and now, with Uhtred as a leader, the West Saxon forces begin the campaigns of conquest that will end with a new kingdom called England. 5 The Burning Land Harper Collins 2009 Tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex. 6 Death of Kings Harper Collins October 2011 Tells of the years which followed the death of Alfred the Great as two men struggle to inherit the crown of Wessex. Uhtred has to contend with betrayal, treachery and the largest army the Danes have yet assembled to conquer Wessex, all brought to a climax in a winter battle fought in the fens of East Anglia.
Cornwell's thriller series are modern mysteries, all with sailing themes. He is a traditional sailor and enjoys sailing his Cornish Crabber by the name of "Royalist." His thorough knowledge of sailing and popular skills with writing combine in great novels for the nautically obsessed. According to Cornwell's website, there may be no additions to the series: "I enjoyed writing the thrillers, but suspect I am happier writing historical novels. I'm always delighted when people want more of the sailing books, but I'm not planning on writing any more, at least not now - but who knows? perhaps when I retire."
Title Publisher Date Wildtrack Penguin Group 1988 In which a crippled veteran of the Falkland's War sails into the north Atlantic to discover whether a famous television presenter is a murderer. Sea Lord
US: Killer's Wake
Penguin Group 1989 An eccentric and reluctant aristocrat just wants to be left alone to be a sea-gypsy, but a theft from his ancestral home hauls him back to Britain and mayhem. Crackdown Penguin Group 1990 A convalescent cruise in the Bahamas turns murderous with cocaine. Stormchild Penguin Group 1991 Can our hero save the world from the environmentalists? Someone has to. Scoundrel Penguin Group 1992 A man goes home to Cape Cod to escape a world of European treachery and his involvement with the Provisional IRA. Others have different plans for him.
Other Standalone Novels
Title Publisher Date Redcoat Michael Joseph Ltd. 1987 Redcoat is the story of the Valley Forge winter during the American Revolution - told from the redcoat's point of view. Stonehenge Harper Collins 1999 A story of love, rivalry, treachery and a great mysterious temple. Gallows Thief Harper Collins 2001 Gallows Thief is a detective story, set in Regency London, a time when there were no detectives as such. There was a very busy gallows, however. This was a period when the English and Welsh gallows were at their busiest and, very occasionally, the government appointed an 'Investigator' to look into a conviction. Azincourt
Harper Collins 2008 Azincourt is the tale of Nicholas Hook, an archer, who begins the novel by joining the garrison of Soissons, a city whose patron saints were Crispin and Crispinian. What happened at Soissons shocked all Christendom, but in the following year, on the feast day of Crispin and Crispinian, Hook finds himself in that small army trapped at Azincourt. The novel is the story of the archers who helped win a battle that has entered legend, but in truth is a tale, as Sir John Keegan says, 'of slaughter-yard behaviour and outright atrocity'. The Fort Harper Collins 2010 The Fort is about the Penobscot Expedition of 1779. A small British garrison had been established in what is now Maine (and was then part of Massachusetts), and the rebel government in Boston was determined to expel that garrison. Seven hundred British redcoats were in an unfinished fort, Fort George, and the harbour beneath the fort was protected by three sloops-of-war. Against this the State of Massachusetts sent an army of around 900 men and a fleet of 42 ships, half of which were warships.
Title Year Notes 1981 Sharpe's Eagle 1981 Sharpe's Gold 1982 Sharpe's Company 1983 Sharpe's Sword 1983 Sharpe's Enemy 1983 A Crowning Mercy Under the pseudonym Susannah Kells 1984 Fallen Angels Under the pseudonym Susannah Kells 1985 Sharpe's Honour 1986 Sharpe's Regiment 1986 Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats, under the pseudonym Susannah Kells 1987 Sharpe's Siege 1987 Redcoat 1988 Sharpe's Rifles 1988 Wildtrack 1989 Sharpe's Revenge 1989 Sea Lord aka Killer's Wake 1990 Sharpe's Waterloo 1990 Crackdown 1991 Stormchild 1992 Sharpe's Devil 1992 Scoundrel 1993 Rebel 1994 Copperhead 1995 Sharpe's Battle 1995 Battle Flag 1995 The Winter King 1996 The Bloody Ground 1996 Enemy of God 1997 Sharpe's Tiger 1997 Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur 1998 Sharpe's Triumph 1999 Sharpe's Fortress 1999 Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC 2000 Harlequin aka The Archer's Tale 2001 Sharpe's Trafalgar 2001 Gallows Thief 2002 Sharpe's Prey 2002 Sharpe's Skirmish 2002 Vagabond 2003 Sharpe's Havoc 2003 Sharpe's Christmas Short story 2003 Heretic 2004 Sharpe's Escape 2004 The Last Kingdom 2005 The Pale Horseman 2006 Sharpe's Fury 2006 The Lords of the North 2007 Sword Song 2008 Azincourt Agincourt in U.S.A. 2009 The Burning Land 2010 The Fort 2011 Death of Kings
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Works by Bernard Cornwell The Sharpe SeriesSharpe's Eagle (1981) · Sharpe's Gold (1981) · Sharpe's Company (1982) · Sharpe's Sword (1983) · Sharpe's Enemy (1984) · Sharpe's Honour (1985) · Sharpe's Regiment (1986) · Sharpe's Siege (1987) · Sharpe's Rifles (1988) · Sharpe's Revenge (1989) · Sharpe's Waterloo (1990) · Sharpe's Devil (1992) · Sharpe's Christmas (1994) · Sharpe's Battle (1995) · Sharpe's Ransom (1995) · Sharpe's Tiger (1997) · Sharpe's Triumph (1998) · Sharpe's Fortress (1999) · Sharpe's Skirmish (1999) · Sharpe's Trafalgar (2000) · Sharpe's Prey (2001) · Sharpe's Havoc (2003) · Sharpe's Escape (2004) · Sharpe's Fury (2006) The Starbuck ChroniclesRebel (1993) · Copperhead (1994) · Battle Flag (1995) · The Bloody Ground (1996) The Warlord ChroniclesThe Winter King (1995) · Enemy of God (1996) · Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur (1997) The Grail QuestHarlequin (aka The Archer's Tale) (2000) · Vagabond (2002) · Heretic (2003) The Saxon Stories 'Susannah Kells'A Crowning Mercy (1983) · Fallen Angels (1984) · Coat of Arms (aka The Aristocrats) (1986) ThrillersWildtrack (1988) · Sea Lord (aka Killer's Wake) (1989) · Crackdown (1990) · Stormchild (1991) · Scoundrel (1992) Others
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