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Encyclopedia > Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell
Born: 23 February 1944 (1944-02-23) (age 63)
London, England
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: British
Genres: Historical fiction
Debut works: Sharpe's Eagle, Feb 1981
Website: Bernard Cornwell
(Official Website)

Bernard Cornwell OBE (born February 23, 1944) is a prolific and popular English historical novelist. Bernard Cornwell was adopted by a family by the name of Wiggins. After he left them he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwell. February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... Sharpes Eagle is a historical novel, the 8th in the Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell, set in July 1809. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, in which the time of the action predates the lifetime of the author. ...


Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman. His mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked for BBC Television as a director. He married an American, Judy, in 1980 and relocated to the USA. Unable to get a Green Card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The U.S. Womens Auxiliary Air Force was created in June of 1939. ... This article is about the county of Essex in England. ... The Peculiar People are an offshoot of the Wesleyan denomination. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Monkton Combe School is an independent Christian school near Bath, England. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... A United States Green Card. ...


In June 2006, Cornwell was awarded an OBE (Officer, Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours List. [1] The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander...

Contents

Series

The Sharpe series (in historical date order)

Cornwell's best known books feature the adventures of Richard Sharpe, an English soldier, and are set in the Napoleonic era. After writing 12 books detailing adventures set around various European campaigns over the course of 12 years, further stories covered Sharpe's earlier years as a young soldier in India. Most of the Napoleonic era books were filmed for a television series starring Sean Bean as Sharpe. Cornwell reportedly was unimpressed by Bean's casting, but was won over by his performances to the point of dedicating a subsequent Sharpe novel to him. Further books written subsequently have been slotted into different parts of Sharpe's timeframe. Richard Sharpe is the central character in Bernard Cornwells Sharpe novels and of the Sharpe series of TV movies in which he is played by Sean Bean. ... The Napoleonic Era is a period in the History of France and Europe. ... A European is primarily a person who was born into one of the countries within the continent of Europe. ... This article is about the television series. ... Sean Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English film and stage actor. ...

Some Sharpe books have been adapted to become TV movies, but the adaptations are often only loosely based on the book they are named for. Sharpes Tiger is Bernard Cornwells return to Richard Sharpe during his sojourn in India. ... See also: 1996 in literature, other events of 1997, 1998 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Triumph is a fast paced continuation of Richard Sharpe story in his early, pre-officer days. ... See also: 1997 in literature, other events of 1998, 1999 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Combatants United Kingdom Maratha Confederacy Commanders Arthur Wellesley Sindhia, Ragojee Bhonsla Strength 4,500 infantry, 2,000 cavalry 50,000 infantry, 100 cannons Casualties 3,657 6,000 The Battle of Assaye occurred September 23, 1803 near the village of Assaye in south-central India. ... Sharpes Fortress is the third (chronologically) of the Richard Sharpe series, and last of the Sharpe India trilogy, by English author Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 1998 in literature, other events of 1999, 2000 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Gawilghur (also Gawilgarh) is the name of well-fortified stronghold of the Maratha Empire. ... Sharpes Trafalgar. ... See also: 2000 in literature, other events of 2001, 2002 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Combatants United Kingdom First French Empire Kingdom of Spain Commanders Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson † Pierre Charles Silvestre de Villeneuve Strength 27 ships of the line France: 18 ships of the line and 8 others. ... Sharpes Prey is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars . ... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Combatants United Kingdom Denmark Commanders James Gambier Ernst Peymann Casualties 42 killed, 145 wounded, 24 missing[1] 5,000 soldiers and militia[1] The Second Battle of Copenhagen, (16 August - 5 September 1807) was a British attack on the civilian population of Copenhagen in order to seize the Danish fleet. ... Sharpes Rifles was the first prequel novel in the series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 1987 in literature, other events of 1988, 1989 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Galicia (Spain) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Sharpes Havoc is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Eagle is a historical novel, the 8th in the Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell, set in July 1809. ... See also: 1980 in literature, other events of 1981, 1982 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The battle of Talavera was fought on July 27 and 28 of 1809 and resulted in the difficult victory of the British and Spanish under Sir Arthur Wellesley against the French under King Joseph. ... Sharpes Gold is a novel of historical fiction, a component of the Sharpe series and was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 1980 in literature, other events of 1981, 1982 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Location    - Country Portugal    - Region Centro  - Subregion Beira Interior Norte  - District or A.R. Guarda Mayor António Ribeiro  - Party PSD Area 518. ... Sharpes Escape is the twentieth novel in Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series, finding the hero embroiled in the British retreat through Portugal in 1810 from the defence of the Ridge at Bussaco to the Lines of Torres Vedras, where the French offensive was successfully halted. ... // Canada Reads selects Guy Vanderhaeghes The Last Crossing to be read across the nation. ... Sharpes Fury is to be Bernard Cornwells twenty first outing with Richard Sharpe. ... // Events June 26, 2006: J.K. Rowling reaveals that two characters will die in the seventh book of the Harry Potter series. ... The Battle of Barrosa took place on March 5, 1811 between Anglo-Spanish and French forces as part of the Peninsular war. ... Sharpes Battle is a novel of historical fiction, a component of the Sharpe series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 1994 in literature, other events of 1995, 1996 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro was fought between May 3 - 5, 1811 and saw the British army under Sir Arthur Wellesley check an attempt by French troops under Marshall André Masséna to relieve the beseiged city of Almeida. ... Sharpes Company covers the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz during the winter/spring of 1812. ... See also: 1981 in literature, other events of 1982, 1983 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Combatants United Kingdom Portugal France Commanders Lord Wellington General Philippon Strength 25,000 regulars 5,000 regulars Casualties 5,000 dead or wounded 1,500 dead or wounded The Battle of Badajoz lasted between March 16 and April 6, 1812. ... Sharpes Sword covers the summer campaign of 1812, and the Battle of Salamanca on June 22nd 1812. ... See also: 1982 in literature, other events of 1983, 1984 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Combatants United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain French Empire Commanders Earl of Wellington Auguste Marmont Strength 51,949[1] 49,647[2] Casualties 5,914 dead or wounded 13,000 dead, wounded, or captured The Battle of Salamanca (July 22, 1812) was an important victory for an Anglo-Portuguese army under Earl... See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... See also: 1982 in literature, other events of 1983, 1984 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Honour is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... See also: 1984 in literature, other events of 1985, 1986 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Combatants French Empire United Kingdom Spain Portugal Commanders Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Joseph Bonaparte Marquess of Wellington Strength 58,000 80,000 Casualties ~5,000 dead or wounded, 3,000 captured[1] ~5,000 dead or wounded[1] In the Battle of Vitoria (June 21, 1813) Wellington and his Portuguese and... Sharpes Regiment is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 1985 in literature, other events of 1986, 1987 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Christmas containing two short stories of historical fiction, components of the Sharpe series, was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Seige is a novel by Bernard Cornwell set in the napoleonic wars during the British Invasion of France in 1814. ... See also: 1986 in literature, other events of 1987, 1988 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Revenge is chronilogically the twenty-first novel in the series. ... See also: 1988 in literature, other events of 1989, 1990 in literature, list of years in literature. ... There have been two battles known as the Battle of Toulouse: Battle of Toulouse (721) during the Arabic Invasions of Europe Battle of Toulouse (1814) during the Napoleonic Wars This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Sharpes Waterloo is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the 1815 Waterloo campaign. ... See also: 1989 in literature, other events of 1990, 1991 in literature, list of years in literature. ... For information about the legislative programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt, see New Deal. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sharpes Devil is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... See also: 1991 in literature, other events of 1992, 1993 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Napoléon I, Emperor of the French (born Napoleone di Buonaparte, changed his name to Napoléon Bonaparte)[1] (15 August 1769; Ajaccio, Corsica – 5 May 1821; Saint Helena) was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1820 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

Main article: Sharpe (TV series)

This article is about the television series. ...

The Starbuck Chronicles

This tetralogy is set during the American Civil War. The title character, Nathaniel Starbuck, is a Northerner who has decided to fight for the South. He eventually becomes the commander of a Southern regiment, the Faulconer Legion. The Starbuck Chronicles are a series of four books following the exploits of a young Boston-born Confederate Officer Nathaniel Starbuck in the early battles of the American Civil War, written by British author Bernard Cornwell, who also wrote the highly succesfull Sharpe Series. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Nathaniel Starbuck is a fictional Confederate Army Officer, copperhead and the main character in Bernard Cornwells Starbuck Chronicles. ... In this map:  Union states prohibiting slavery  Union territories  Border states on the Union side which allowed slavery  Kansas, which entered and fought with the Union as a free state after the Bleeding Kansas crisis  The Confederacy  Confederate claimed and sometimes held territories During the American Civil War, the Union... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... The Faulconer Legion is a fictional regiment of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Confederate Army. ...

  1. "Rebel" (1993) - The Battle of Bull Run
  2. "Copperhead" (1993) -
  3. "Battle Flag" (1995)-The Second Battle of Bull Run
  4. "The Bloody Ground" (1996) - The Battle of Antietam

Two conflicts during the American Civil War were known as Battle of Bull Run or Battle of Manassas: First Battle of Bull Run Second Battle of Bull Run This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Two conflicts during the American Civil War were known as Battle of Bull Run or Battle of Manassas: First Battle of Bull Run Second Battle of Bull Run This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders George B. McClellan Robert E. Lee Strength 87,000 45,000 Casualties 12,401 (2,108 killed, 9,540 wounded, 753 captured/missing) 10,316 (1,546 killed, 7,752 wounded, 1,018 captured/missing) The Battle of Antietam (also...

The Warlord Chronicles

This trilogy deals with Arthurian Britain. Like other "historical" takes on the Arthurian legends, the series postulates 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. The Warlord Chronicles is a trilogy of books written by Bernard Cornwell about Arthurian Britain. ... A bronze Arthur in plate armour with visor raised and with jousting shield wearing Kastenbrust armour (early 15th century) by Peter Vischer, typical of later anachronistic depictions of Arthur. ...

  1. "The Winter King" (1995)
  2. "Enemy of God" (1996)
  3. "Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur" (1997)

now. ... Enemy of God is the second book in The Warlord Chronicles series by Bernard Cornwell. ...

The Grail Quest novels

Main article: The Grail Quest

This trilogy deals with a mid-14th century search for the Holy Grail, around the time of the Hundred Years' War. Cornwell was planning at one point writing more books about the main character Thomas of Hookton and said that shortly after finishing Heretic he "have 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 for him. Which doesn't mean I won't pick the idea up again sometime in the future." [1] The Grail Quest novels are a series of books written by the historical novelist Bernard Cornwell dealing with a 14th Century search for the Holy Grail, around the time of the Hundred Years War. ... Combatants France Castile Scotland Genoa Majorca Bohemia Crown of Aragon Brittany England Burgundy Brittany Portugal Navarre Flanders Hainaut Aquitaine Luxembourg Holy Roman Empire The Hundred Years War was a conflict between France and England, lasting 116 years from 1337 to 1453. ...

  1. "Harlequin" (re-named The Archer's Tale in the USA) (2000) — Battle of Crécy
  2. "Vagabond" (2002) — Battle of Neville's Cross, Battle of La Roche-Derrien
  3. "Heretic" (2003) — Siege of Calais

Combatants Kingdom of England, Allied knights from Germany and Denmark France, Genoese Mercenaries, the Kingdoms of Navarre, Bohemia and the Balearic Islands Commanders Edward III of England Edward, the Black Prince Philip VI of France Strength about 12,000 30,000 to 40,000 Casualties 150-1,000 killed and... Combatants Scotland England Commanders David II of Scotland William Zouche, Archbishop of York Strength 12,000 3,000-3,500 Casualties 7,000 Unknown but very low The Battle of Nevilles Cross took place near Durham, England on October 17, 1346. ... The Battle of La Roche-Derrien was one of the battles of the Hundred Years War, fought in 1347 during the night between English and French forces. ... Combatants Kingdom of England Kingdom of France Commanders Edward III of England Jean de Fosseux Strength 34,000 men: 5,300 knights, 6,600 infantry, 20,000 archers, 2,000 Flemish soldiers 7,000 to 8,000 citizens The Siege of Calais in northern France began in 1346, towards the...

The Saxon Stories

Main article: The Saxon Stories

Cornwell's latest series – The Saxon Stories – is set in 9th century England and focuses on the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex during the reign of Alfred the Great, and deals with his opposition to the Danes (Vikings), becoming as a result the only English monarch to be awarded the epithet "the Great" by his people. According to Cornwell's replies on his website bulletin board, the series will not be a trilogy like his other medieval works, but will have 3 or 4 more sequels: "I'm not sure how many there will be - perhaps seven? maybe eight?" [2] Covers for the UK paperback editions of the series. ... Covers for the UK paperback editions of the series. ... Alfred (also Ælfred from the Old English: ÆlfrÄ“d //) (c. ...

  1. The Last Kingdom (2004)
  2. The Pale Horseman (2005)
  3. The Lords of the North (2006)
  4. Sword Song (forthcoming October 2007)

The Last Kingdom is first book in The Saxon Stories trilogy by Bernard Cornwell. ... The Pale Horseman is a novel based in 9th Century Wessex and Cornwall. ... The Lords of the North is a novel based in 9th Century Anglo-Saxon kingdoms Wessex and Northumbria. ... // The fourth in the bestselling Saxon Stories series from historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. ...

Crowning Mercy

  1. "A Crowning Mercy" (1983)
  2. "Fallen Angels" (1984)
  3. "Coat of Arms" (The Aristocrats)(1986)

Co-written with Judy Cornwell under the pseudonym Susannah Kells


The Thrillers

  • "Wildtrack"
  • "Sea Lord" (aka "Killer's Wake")
  • "Crackdown"
  • "Stormchild"
  • "Scoundrel"

*These books, all contemporary thrillers, are unrelated between themselves, but all have sailing as a background and common theme.


Other novels

  • "Redcoat" - Set in Philadelphia during the British occupation of 1777
  • "Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC"
  • "Gallows Thief"

Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Gallows Thief is a 2003 mystery novel by Bernard Cornwell, which uses capital punishment as its backdrop. ...

See also

Sharpe (TV Series) This article is about the television series. ...


External links


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Author Bernard Cornwell interviewed by Christopher Seufert (2826 words)
Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944, an illegitimate ‘war baby’ whose father was a Canadian airman and mother in Britain’s Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.
Bernard Cornwell: I'm a success inasmuch that I enjoy my life, which is an enormous blessing and that doesn't depend on commercial success (though I wouldn't be such a fool as to deny that it helps).
Bernard Cornwell's January, 2006 release was The Pale Horseman.
Bernard Cornwell (213 words)
Bernard Cornwell is a British author whose novels have historical subjects.
Born in London in 1944, his father was a Canadian airman; his mother English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Cornwell has also written the Starbuck Chronicles, four novels set during the American Civil War; and the three Warlord Chronicles dealing with Arthurian England.
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