Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell

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October 22nd, 2024: Sharpe’s Storm (Sharpe, #26)

Sharpe's Command (Sharpe, #25) was the most recently released book by Bernard Cornwell, on April 2nd, 2024.

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Bernard Cornwell Stats: The highest rated book by Bernard Cornwell on Book Notification is Excalibur, the 3rd novel in the Warlord Chronicles / The Arthur series. The second-highest rated book is Warriors of the Storm (The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories #9).

The most read book by Bernard Cornwell on Book Notification is The Last Kingdom, the first novel in The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories series. The second most read book is The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories #2).

Below is a complete list of Bernard Cornwell books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Bernard Cornwell is The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Series.

List of Sharpe Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
1981
2
1981
3
1982
4
21983
5
1984
6
1985
7
1986
8
1987
9
91988
10
1989
11
1990
12
101992
13
1994
14
1995
15
8.41997
16
8.71998
17
1999
18
8.81999
19
8.52000
20
7.52001
21
2003
22
2004
23
2006
24
2021
25
2024
26
2024

List of Sharpe Series in Chronological Order

#ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.41997
2
8.71998
3
8.81999
4
8.52000
5
7.52001
6
91988
7
2003
8
1981
9
1981
10
2004
11
2006
12
1995
13
1982
14
21983
15
1999
16
1984
17
1985
18
1986
19
1994
20
1987
21
1989
22
1990
23
2021
24
101992
25
2024
26
2024

List of Sharpe Non-Fiction in Publication Order

List of Crowning Mercy Books in Publication Order (with Susannah Kells)

List of Grail Quest Books in Publication Order

List of Starbuck Chronicles Books in Publication Order

List of Sailing Thrillers Books in Publication Order

List of Warlord Chronicles / The Arthur Books in Publication Order

List of The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.82004
2
7.92005
3
8.72006
4
8.42007
5
8.42009
6
8.62011
7
8.92013
8
9.12014
9
9.32015
10
8.52016
11
8.92018
12
92019
13
8.62020
14
2023

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

Bernard Cornwell: Biography

Bernard Cornwell was born on February 23rd, 1944 and is currently 80 years old. Bernard Cornwell was born in London, England.

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Sharpe series which currently consists of 26 novels. The Sharpe series started in 1981 with the novel Sharpe's Gold. The most recently released novel in the Sharpe series was Sharpe's Command which was released in 2024. There is an upcoming novel for the Sharpe series entitled Sharpe’s Storm which is being released on October 22nd, 2024.

Bernard Cornwell has also written The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories series which has 14 books including The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman.

Bernard Cornwell has been included on Japan's Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! list one time. It was for Sea Lord (Killer's Wake in the U.S.), which tied for 7th in 1992.

Bernard Cornwell was awarded an Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award by Nielsen. He is a member of their 21st Century Platinum Hall of Fame.

Bernard Cornwell: Awards & Accolades

Bernard Cornwell books have been nominated for multiple awards, The Last Kingdom was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Fiction, in 2006. Death of Kings was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Historical Fiction, in 2012. 1356 was nominated for the British Book Awards, Fiction Book of the Year, in 2012. War of the Wolf was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Historical Fiction, in 2018.

Bernard Cornwell: TV/Movies Based on Books

The Sharpe series of novels was adapted into the Sharpe television series for ITV. The series starred Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe and Daragh O'Malley as Patrick Harper. Despite being based on the series, some of the episodes are original stories not based on any books. The series ran from 1993 to 1997, but came back in 2006 for a two-parter with Sean Bean reprising ht role. The success of Sharpe's Challenge led to another two-parter, Sharpe's Peril.

Cornwell enjoyed the portrayal of Sharpe by Bean so much that he dedicated his 12th book in the series, Sharpe's Battle, to him. The dedication said that when he writes Sharpe, he hears Sean's voice.

The Last Kingdom is another adaptation of Cornwell's work. The series is based on The Saxoon Stories series of books. The series premiered in 2015 and aired for five seasons on the BBC. It would later move to Netflix. Actors on the show included Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred, David Dawson as King Alfred, and Emily Cox as Brida.

The fifth season was the end of the series, but a full length film has since been filmed for Netflix entitled Seven Kings Must Die.

Each season of the show was based on a novel or multiple novels, but signifcant changes were made to the plot along the way.

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  1. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  2. Ken Follett, author of the Kingsbridge Series.
  3. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

Bernard Cornwell: F.A.Q

When was Bernard Cornwell Born? How old is Bernard Cornwell?

Bernard Cornwell was born on February 23rd, 1944. Bernard Cornwell is currently 80 years old.

Where was Bernard Cornwell Born?

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, England and is English.

What was the first book Bernard Cornwell wrote?

The first book written by Bernard Cornwell was Sharpe's Gold, published in 1981.

What was the most recent book Bernard Cornwell wrote?

His most recently released work was Sharpe's Command on April 2nd, 2024.

Will there be any more books by Bernard Cornwell?

Bernard Cornwell has a new book coming out on October 22nd, 2024 called Sharpe’s Storm.

How many books has Bernard Cornwell written?

Bernard Cornwell has written 66 books across 12 series.
  • 26 books in the Sharpe Series
  • 1 Sharpe Non-Fiction
  • 2 books in the Crowning Mercy Series
  • 4 books in the Grail Quest Series
  • 4 books in the Starbuck Chronicles Series
  • 5 books in the Sailing Thrillers Series
  • 3 books in the Warlord Chronicles / The Arthur Series
  • 14 books in The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Stories Series
  • 6 Standalone Novels
  • 1 Non-Fiction Books

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    One of the best parts of Bernard Cornwell’s Arthurian legend is the underlying battle between the new and the old. It is the best trilogy on Arthur there is. The Winter King is the very first book I checked out of his, and quickly grabbed the rest of the books and have been a fan ever since then. These are written in a realistic way to portray what it was truly like, without all that shining armor and lightning bolt magic like so many of the others have in them.

    Bernard is unique in the way he puts you into the moment and embellishes with wonderful details.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Forget Game of Thrones. Sit yourself down, pick up the remote, turn your TV on and watch The Last Kingdom. No, it doesn’t have dragons or ice zombies. But you won’t find better character development or political machinations.

    While people the world over sang the praises of Jon Snow, my friends and I were too busy buzzing about the badassery of Uhtred, son of Uhtred. This show is a masterpiece. And yet, I would argue that the novel is better.

    Cornwall writes historical fiction. While the show doesn’t necessarily alter the historical details in Cornwall’s books, I found it so much easier to understand the history of England when I consumed the story in book format. I have to assume that Cornwall took some liberties with the historical figures and events. But from what I’ve heard, there’s more truth than fiction in his stories.

    GL
    GL
    Reply to  Michael K.
    4 months ago

    Couldn’t agree more, among the best series I’ve read & watched (though I did enjoy the Game of Thrones too)! I didn’t expect to like the books as much as I did, but couldn’t put them down. And the show was addictive!

    GL
    GL
    4 months ago

    I highly recommend both “The Last Kingdom” show and the book series the show was based on as both are so engaging and well-written. The story is written in the historical setting of how England first became England and the book series just made me want to learn more of the actual historical events. The author does such a good job of depicting compelling characters, conveying exciting battle scenes, injecting humor and providing perspective in regard to the influence of religion, power and politics on how the events unfold. I just loved the lead character, Uhtred, and following him with his friends throughout the books and show was so entertaining, just left me wanting more. Definitely one of the best historical fiction book series I’ve come across.

    PeachTree
    PeachTree
    1 month ago

    Read The Last Kingdom and now need to continue on. Also interested in seeing the adaptation which I have heard is very good. The Netflix show is apparently very popular so I will need to check that out as well because people are raving about it.

    This book is going to be right up your ally if you are the type of person that really loved Game of Thrones. It’s all historical fiction and there are battle scenes which keep things interesting. Skipping past the details of the characters and what happens, it takes place during the Pagan assault on England which nearly topples the empire for good. Very interesting and I will be reading a few more in this series before taking on the adaptation!

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