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.

Today he has 20 Sharpe adventures behind him, plus a series about the American Civil War, the Starbuck novels; an enormously successful trilogy about King Arthur, The Warlord Chronicles; the Hundred Years War set Grail Quest series; and his current series about King Alfred.

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.

Bernard Cornwell

Books by Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals
Fools and Mortals
Fools and Mortals
Fools and Mortals
Fools and Mortals
Sword Song
The Lords of the North
The Lords of the North
The Burning Land
The Flame Bearer
The Flame Bearer
The Flame Bearer (Limited special slip-cased edition and art print)
The Flame Bearer (Limited special slip-cased edition)
The Last Kingdom Series
Death of Kings
The Flame Bearer
The Flame Bearer
The Flame Bearer
Sword Song
The Lords of the North
The Pale Horseman
The Last Kingdom
Warriors of the Storm
The Pale Horseman
The Last Kingdom
The Empty Throne
Waterloo
Waterloo
Stonehenge
Waterloo
Waterloo
Warriors of the Storm
Warriors of the Storm
Warriors of the Storm
Warriors of the Storm
The Empty Throne
The Empty Throne
Heretic
Harlequin
Vagabond
The Pagan Lord
Rebel
Copperhead
Battle Flag
The Bloody Ground
The Pagan Lord
1356
Sharpe’s Devil
Sharpe’s Waterloo
Sharpe’s Revenge
Sharpe’s Siege
Sharpe’s Regiment
Sharpe’s Honour
Sharpe’s Enemy
Sharpe’s Sword
Sharpe’s Company
Sharpe’s Fury
Sharpe’s Battle
Sharpe’s Escape
Sharpe’s Gold
Gallows Thief
Sharpe’s Havoc
Sharpe’s Eagle
Sharpe’s Trafalgar
Sharpe’s Prey
Sharpe’s Rifles
Sharpe’s Fortress
Sharpe’s Triumph
Sharpe’s Tiger
The Fort
The Pale Horseman
Sword Song
The Last Kingdom
1356
The Fort
The Warlord Trilogy
The Burning Land
Azincourt
Sharpe’s Battle
The Lords of the North
Fallen Angels
A Crowning Mercy
Sharpe’s Prey
Gallows Thief
Sharpe’s Fury
Sharpe’s Tiger