Books by Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars; the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, about American Civil War; the Warlord Trilogy, about Arthurian England; and, most recently, Stonehenge 2000 B.C.: A N


FOOLS AND MORTALS by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A master craftsman at work: imaginative, intelligent, and just plain fun."
Cornwell (The Flame Bearer, 2016, etc.) turns from conspiracies of crowned heads to mysteries in the world of Elizabethan theater. Read full book review >
THE FLAME BEARER by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"No lit-fic pretensions here: historical fiction rendered, with little expansion, via battles and royal intrigue and portraits of day-to-day life circa 1000 B.C.E."
Cornwell (Warriors of the Storm, 2016, etc.) draws another rollicking Saxon tale from the period when "the scepter'd isle," soon to be "Englaland," was plagued by Norse and Dane raiders. Read full book review >
WARRIORS OF THE STORM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Cornwell's latest is often bloody, sometimes ribald, but always smartly done. Fans might be disappointed with this effort's brevity, though, and new readers will be better served by beginning at the start of the series (The Last Kingdom, 2005)."
"Englaland" [sic], King Alfred once said, "will be God's land," but first the Norse and the Danes, worshippers of the old gods, must be banished, a bloody struggle Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015, etc.) chronicles in the ninth of his Saxon series.Read full book review >
WATERLOO by Bernard Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"Despite a little confusion regarding the movements of divisions and brigades, this is a fascinating, detailed, and generously illustrated description of the battle that changed the fate of 19th-century Europe."
In his first nonfiction book, acclaimed historical novelist Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015, etc.) employs his storytelling skills to bring military history out of the textbook.Read full book review >
THE EMPTY THRONE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Cornwell's done it again. New readers: Draw a flagon of ale, and be prepared to find the first seven in the series."
As conspiracies breed in their wake, Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg and Lady Æthelflaed ally to drive invaders from Mercia in Cornwell's (The Pagan Lord, 2014, etc.) eighth in his Saxon series.Read full book review >
THE PAGAN LORD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The big set pieces are more impressive than the realistically meandering odyssey that threads them together. The most consistent motif is Uhtred's undying and principled hostility to 'the nailed god' of Christianity and the threat he represents to the warrior code Uhtred so perfectly embodies."
The death of Alfred the Great leaves what we know as England up for grabs, and Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Death of Kings, 2012, etc.) is caught in the middle of it all. Read full book review >
1356 by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Best for fans of historical fiction who have both a taste for the Hundred Years' War and some base-line knowledge that will allow them to enjoy this swashbuckling recreation."
The most notable English victory of the Hundred Years' War turns on the possession of the sword Jesus bade Peter sheathe in the garden of Gethsemane. Read full book review >
DEATH OF KINGS by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"The surprise is that Cornwell's love scenes are as deft as his action scenes, though far fewer, of course—all driven by a hard-shelled, sporadically soft-hearted, always charismatic protagonist: George Clooney alert."
It's 898, and life in pre-England is messy, turbulent, quite likely to be short and vividly evoked in Cornwell's masterful 46th novel (The Burning Land, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
AGINCOURT  by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"The usual splendid stuff from the master of historical battle. There's a bit of deus ex machina, but it's tolerable."
An archer on the lam from a bum rap in his county ships out with Henry V to test his shooting and slashing skills at one of the bloodiest but most glorious battles in history. Read full book review >
SWORD SONG by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Consistently fascinating."
The latest installment of Cornwell's vastly entertaining and slyly wise saga of life in ninth-century Britain sees the dyspeptic King Alfred's very young daughter married off to a brute who fancies himself a future monarch. Read full book review >
LORDS OF THE NORTH by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Blood, guts, history and horses from the expert. Excellent sport."
Cornwell continues The Saxon Novels with further rowdy adventures in the Northern kingdoms (The Pale Horseman, Jan. 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2006

"The confusion of battle is, unsurprisingly, confusing. But Cornwell has this stuff down cold, so it's great fun even with all the smoke and noise."
Captain Richard Sharpe sees action in the battle to keep Cadiz out of the hands of the Corsican Monster. Read full book review >
THE PALE HORSEMAN by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Swords, shields, mud and blood. Great stuff, as always, from the master."
Cornwell's tough medieval saga continues after King Alfred's realm is reduced to one swamp and a handful of believers. Read full book review >
THE LAST KINGDOM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Cornwell's no-fail mix of historic tidbits and good-humored action makes the usually gloomy ninth century sound like a hell of a lot of fun."
A dispossessed Northumbrian gets a military education from the Danes before reluctantly signing on to serve the humorless Wessexian king, he who will eventually become Alfred the Great (849-99). Read full book review >
SHARPE’S ESCAPE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Another good one."
Cornwell's excellent long-running Sharpe series (Sharpe's Havoc, 2003, etc.) takes the soldiers' soldier to real-life battles around Bussaco and Coimbra, Portugal. Read full book review >
HERETIC by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"The usual Cornwell bull's-eye."
Beset by the plague and those hellacious Dominican inquisitors, the sure-shot hero of Cornwell's Archer series (Vagabond, 2002, etc.) continues his eventful search for the Holy Grail. Read full book review >
SHARPE’S HAVOC by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"The best stuff."
Isolated but far from impotent, Sharpe and his trusty riflemen hold off vast Napoleonic forces in the Portuguese wine country. Read full book review >
VAGABOND by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Historically accurate and huge fun. Vintage Cornwell."
Continuing the series that began with The Archer's Tale (2001), adventure master Cornwell throws his lusty young hero Thomas of Hookton up against both the French and the Inquisition. Read full book review >
GALLOWS THIEF by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2002

"Standard Cornwell, this time with enough effluvial smells to make a bloodhound hold its breath."
A washed-ashore Cape Codder for the past 20 years, Cornwell has published 18 Richard Sharpe British historicals about soldiering during the Napoleonic Wars (Sharpe's Triumph, 2002), nearly a dozen of which have been seen on PBS. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2002

"At last count, 12 Sharpe novels had been filmed by PBS."
The redoubtably prolific Cornwell, who has rounded out his revisionist Arthurian Warlord trilogy, filed four volumes in his Starbuck Civil War series, and now has 18 novels in his Richard Sharpe British Army series, plus other incidental novels about Stonehenge, etc., takes his hero Sharpe on the Expedition to Copenhagen of 1807. Read full book review >
THE ARCHER’S TALE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Another top effort from one of today's truly great storytellers. Please, oh please, let it be another series."
Cornwell picks a new epoch to play in and, to no one's surprise, has a ball. Read full book review >
SHARPE’S TRAFALGAR by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2001

"A mug of port, a wedge of blue-veined cheese, and some hard sea-biscuits for the master."
One might think Cape Cod's Cornwell is universally admired for his British historicals featuring Richard Sharpe, whose career Cornwell captures in back-and-forth leapfrog fashion from 1799 to 1821, filling in whatever years he chooses (Sharpe's Triumph, 1999, set in India, 1803). Read full book review >
SHARPE’S FORTRESS by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Fabulous stuff."
Cape Cod resident Cornwell returns to his Napoleonic Wars series about Her Majesty's rifleman Richard Sharpe. Read full book review >
STONEHENGE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Whatever the period, count on Cornwell to serve up the details on which verisimilitude thrives. Lots of that here, maybe more than required, but it's a sturdy story, too—an ancient sibling rivalry full of enough blood and thunder to hold anyone's interest."
An acclaimed historical novelist (Sharpe's Triumph, 1999, etc.) casts a canny eye way, way back. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1999

"Cornwell's fans will dance with delight as horsemen charge and sabers swing through chaos and terror."
The marvelous Cornwell returns to his greatest character, British Army rifleman Richard Sharpe, after completing his Arthurian Warlord trilogy and the Starbuck Chronicles series, about the US Civil War. Read full book review >
EXCALIBUR by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1998

"Splendid, white-hot storytelling."
This completes Cornwell's well-received Warlord Chronicles, an Arthurian trilogy (The Winter King, 1996, and Enemy of God, 1997). Read full book review >
ENEMY OF GOD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Rousing, persuasive entertainment."
The second volume in the prolific Cornwell's robust Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, 1996), an ambitious embroidering of the saga of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Read full book review >
THE WINTER KING by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1996

"The redoubtable Cornwell strikes again."
The author of the accomplished Richard Sharpe naval adventure novels (Sharpe's Battle, 1995, etc.) takes on Camelot in the wonderful beginning of a new series. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1995

"This time, Sharpe's new print appearance coincides with Masterpiece Theatre's adaptation of three previous books in the series."
Despite clashes with his own superiors as well as with French foes, the durable British hero of Cornwell's splendid series (Sharpe's Devil, 1992, etc.) soldiers on during a bloody turning-point campaign in the Peninsular War. Read full book review >
COPPERHEAD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Always based on fact, always interesting, often exciting, always entertaining."
Cornwell's fine Civil War Starbuck Chronicles (Rebel 1993, etc.) continues into 1862—as General McClellan ineffectively engineers the prototype of Desert Storm around Williamsburg, Virginia, and young Nate gets a girl. Read full book review >
REBEL by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"They hurt."
Cornwell, whose wonderfully entertaining Sharpe series of 18th-century military-sea adventures has entranced readers for years, starts a Civil War series with a great bang. Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1992

"Cornwen, one of the great naval writers of this era, finds a way to get his intrepid army hero to sea for much of the story—without in the least compromising the high standards of this first-rate series."
The hero of Cornwell's Sharpe series (Sharpe's Revenge, etc.) reluctantly abandons his Norman hearth and home to search for an old friend gone missing in revolutionary Chile. Read full book review >
STORMCHILD by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Oct. 9, 1991

"Ridiculously exciting adventure in splendid scenery."
A British yachtsman sails to Cape Horn to reclaim his daughter from eco-terrorists—in another deep-sea adventure from the author of Wildtrack and the Sharpe military series. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"A few nice sailing scenes."
A professional yachtsman and his pretty first mate sail into drug-infested waters and do fierce battle with the meanest cocaine merchants in the Bahamas. Read full book review >
KILLER'S WAKE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Aug. 14, 1989

"Mildly violent."
The author of Redcoat and the popular Sharpe series of historical military adventures drops into the 20th century for a yachting thriller about an unwilling earl and a missing van Gogh. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S REVENGE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: May 18, 1989

"A concluding note broadly implies a sequel at Waterloo."
The peace of 1814 ends the Peninsular Wars with Napoleon's exile to Elba, but doesn't give a moment's rest to Major Richard Sharpe (Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Regiment, etc.). Read full book review >
SHARPE'S RIFLES by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Sept. 8, 1988

"Another good Sharpe."
The Sharpe series (Sharpe's Regiment, Sharpe's Siege, etc.) reverts to 1809 and Sharpe's early days as an officer in French-occupied Spain. Read full book review >
Released: July 26, 1988

"The sailing scenes are thoroughly satisfying, but there are not quite enough of them to make up for the rather overblown soap-opera ashore."
The author of the Napoleonic Sharpe series and the Revolutionary War Redcoat returns to the Thatcher era and a tale of love and treachery among yachtpersons. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S SIEGE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: April 1, 1987

"Sharpe is never dull."
Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series continues as Major Sharpe leaves his new wife to take part in a joint operation with the Royal Navy, a mission that leaves Sharpe, his Riflemen and their Royal Marine co-fighters besieged in a fort inside Napoleonic France. Read full book review >
REDCOAT by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Jan. 21, 1987

"A solid sense of real-life revolutionary Philadelphia, terrifying battle scenes, and the tragic rise and fall of Captain Vane highlight this most satisfying historical piece."
Cornwell's (Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Regiment) solid characters, historical accuracy, and rich detailing bring the Revolutionary War into clear focus in this entertaining look at the divided loyalties of Philadelphia under British Occupation. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S REGIMENT by Bernard Cornwell
Released: July 1, 1986

"Livelier than usual, in fact quite original in that Sharpe gives up his command and finds himself in the foulest, pest-ridden depths of army life."
Seventh volume in the Richard Sharpe Napoleonic Wars saga, about a former enlisted man who won a battlefield commission at the battle of Talavera in 1809, has spent six volumes fighting the Peninsular campaign in Spain and Portugal and has at last, under Wellington, invaded France in mid-1813. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S HONOR by Bernard Cornwell
Released: March 1, 1985

"Dumas, and dollops of zesty gore: another inventive, active outing for the stalwart (if less than endearing) Major Sharpe."
Britain's battle against Napoleon continues, now moving into the 1813 Vitoria campaign in Spain—but this time out Major Richard Sharpe (Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Sword, etc.) is more involved as an undercover agent than as a military leader. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S SWORD by Bernard Cornwell
Released: June 1, 1983

"Salamanca scenery are the pleasing extras this time—as one of the better period-military series marches on smartly."
Captain Richard Sharpe returns, still fighting for Wellington against Napoleon in 1812 Spain; and this fourth sturdy outing features a neat spy-plot along with the grisly battles and swaggering camaraderie. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S ENEMY by Bernard Cornwell
Released: March 1, 1983

"Some anachronistic repartee, some excessively grisly torture—but, as before, Cornwell manages to add spice and tension to the more standard barrage of tactics, musketry, and explosions."
Who is Sharpe's enemy? Read full book review >
SHARPE'S COMPANY by Bernard Cornwell
Released: June 8, 1982

"Like previous installments: gory, lively, reasonably authentic."
Third novel in the Richard Sharpe saga of the Peninsular War, covering January through April 1812 and the siege of Badajoz. Read full book review >
SHARPE'S EAGLE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: April 20, 1981

"Nicely-edged characters, technicolor action, clipped narration—a solid series send-off."
First in a series of novels about the Napoleonic Wars, this covers the Talavera Campaign of July 1809. Read full book review >