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LizF

I haven't rad him as yet although I do have a couple of his earlier books with medieval settings on my shelves!
I'll be interested to see what you think about this one.

Mary

I have listened to (CD books) most of the Sharpe series during my commute and enjoyed them. Tried reading some of his other ones about earlier historical periods, but they started out a bit too violent for my taste, so I didn't plough on. Not that fond of historical fiction from certain periods while greatly enjoying other eras.

Danielle

I think he wrote a series of books on King Arthur as well? I have a few of his books on my shelves, too, as he came recommended by the owner of a bookshop where I used to work. Someday I am going to have an Arthurian extravaganza and pull those books out. Glad to hear you are enjoying his newest.

Karoline

The only ones I've read are the Arthurian ones which I enjoyed

Stephanie

The Saxon series, featuring Uthred of Bebbanburg, is set in the late 700s, when England was repelling the persistent Danish invaders and trying to unify its many factions under the young King Alfred of Wessex. Uthred makes an interesting hero as he lived with the Danes as a young boy having been picked up by them from a battlefield in which his father was killed. He becomes a courageous warrior and leader of men but is double dealt by many in the course of his life as there is always doubt as to whose side he is on. The Saxon series, currently comprising 6 books, should be read in sequence. They are full of bloodthirsty battles with great warrior cries, where the peaceful periods seem too short for the country to establish itself. This is a land dominated by men trying to establish their authority where women served the food and ale with optional careers as nuns and prostitutes. The era is painted in a believable manner and the reality of life is mostly harsh. He paints the genuine historical events in a clear manner. Like many of Cornwell's fans, I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Janet

I have read the Sharpe series, including the ones set in India, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but have not yet read any of the ones set in earlier historic times. I think that Bernard Cornwall's research of whatever period he is writing about is good, and his writing style carries the story along well. Characters also are believable, even if acting heroically. He is popular because he provides a good reading experience, one which takes the reader out of their day-to-day reality.

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