Topic: Bernard Cornwell

If you're into history and good story telling, Bernard Cornwell might be the most accomplished author in the Historical Fiction genre today.  I've read almost everything the man has written and am particularly enamored of the Saxon Novels about Utred of Babbenburg and Alfred the Great. 

One of the peculiarities of Cornwell's writing is that he tells you a story you already know, but with a twist.  For example in his stories of King Arthur he refers to Arthur as "The Enemy of God" and reduces Lancelot to basically a coward who gets in good with the press.  In his book about the Battle of Agincourt, Cornwell tells the story of the battle from the perspective of a lowly archer in Henry V's army and Cornwell incorporates the latest studies of the Agincourt field and points to the crowd dynamics as the source of the English victory as opposed to the dreaded English longbow.

Here is his commercial for the book Agincourt.  In his pitch you get the tenor and a flavor of how he tells a story; always with good pacing and never bogging down in details.  They are the kind of books that once you start reading them you won't want to put them down.


If you haven't tried him out yet, I highly recommend his books.  I know Cesca enjoys them as much as I do.  He has dabbled in American History as well with stories of Redcoats in the Revolution.  Always ripping stuff.  Check it out.

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Re: Bernard Cornwell

I've read Stonehenge, the Archer novels, the Saxon novels, and the Arthur novels.  I just started on the Richard Sharpe series.

Good stuff if you like history.

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3 (edited by Cesca 2011-02-18 09:14:17)

Re: Bernard Cornwell

I posted soemtime ago a few of Bernards's  series, J will have a great time with Sharpe, I think there are 22 novels in all (maybe more now). The ACW series, Copperhead, Battleflag etc is pretty good too, the Hero is called "Starbuck" in that smile Best of however by a country mile, are the Uhtred books, there are currently 5 and all ripping yarns to boot.

Stephen Sayler is another author to have a read of.

There is also the father of Historical fiction Alfred Duggan, he died in he 50's and is like Asimov is to SF! His periods are diverse so he has books on the Diadochi (successors to Alexander) such as Elephants and Castles, as well as books on Normans Franks and many others, they are mostly out of print, but if you ever come accross any get them. Google him for a list.

If you want to move to some source material, try reading the Venerable Bede, an Ecclesiasctical History of England, or Saxo Grammaticus History of the Danes. These can be found free as Ebooks, along with many many classics at project Guttenberg.

Ooops forgot to mention the Colm Iggledun stuff whic is also veru good, if not totally accurate

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To have much knowledge , but no power.