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Grail Quest
2000. Harlequin (No. 1 in "The Grail Quest")
2002. Vagabond (No. 2 in "The Grail Quest ")

Last Kingdom
2006. The Lords of the North (No. 3 in "The Last Kingdom" series)
2009. The Burning Land (No. 5 in "The Last Kingdom" series)
2014. The Pagan Lord (No. 7 in "The Last Kingdom" series)

The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles
Book Two. Copperhead. The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. Ball's Bluff, 1862

Novels
2009. Azincourt
2010. The Fort
1988. Wildtrack

Sharpe
[In historical order of campaign, earliest to latest]
1997. Sharpe's Tiger. Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringaptam, 1799
1998. Sharpe's Triumph. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803
1999. Sharpe's Fortress. Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803
2000. Sharpe's Trafalgar. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October, 1805
2001. Sharpe's Prey. Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807
1988. Sharpe's Rifles. Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, 1809
2003. Sharpe's Havoc. Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809
1981. Sharpe's Eagle. Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809
1981. Sharpe's Gold. Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810
2004. Sharpe's Escape. Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1811
2006. Sharpe's Fury. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811
1995. Sharpe's Battle. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811
1982. Sharpe's Company. Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April, 1812
1983. Sharpe's Sword. Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign, June and July, 1812
1984. Sharpe's Enemy. Richard Sharpe and the Defence of Portugal, Christmas, 1812
1985. Sharpe's Honour. Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June, 1813
1986. Sharpe's Regiment. Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November, 1813
1987. Sharpe's Siege. Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814
1990. Sharpe's Waterloo. Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815

Warlord Chronicles
1997. Excalibur. A Novel of Arthur (Warlord Chronicles, Volume 3

About the Author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London and raised in South Essex. Having graduated from London University, he worked for BBC TV for many years, mostly as a producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department for the BBC in Northern Ireland. In 1978, he became editor of Thames Television's Thames at Six. His wife is American and he now lives in the United States

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Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Tiger", published in 1997 in Great Britain, in paperback, 304pp, ISBN 000225011x. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Storyline: This is the novel that Sharpe fans have been waiting for - this novel describes the adventures of the raw young private soldier Richard Sharpe in India, before the Peninsular War

Sharpe and the rest of his battalion, along with the rising star of the general staff, Arthur Wellesley, are about to embark on the siege of Seringapatam, island citadel of the Tippoo of Mysore. The British must remove this potentate from his tiger throne, but he has gone to extraordinary lengths to defend his city from attack. And always he is surrounded by tigers, both living and ornamental...any prisoner of the Tippoo can expect a savage end.

When a senior British officer is captured by the Tippoo's forces, Sharpe is offered a chance to attempt a rescue, a chance he snatches in order to escape from the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill. But in fleeing Hakeswill, he enters the confusing, exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo and Sharpe will need all his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

With the same meticulous research and attention to detail that distinguishes the rest of the bestselling series of Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell has recreated the 1799 campaign against Seringapatam which made the British masters of Southern India, a campaign that pitted brutalized soldiers against an ancient and splendid civilization

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Triumph" published in 1999 in paperback, 382pp, ISBN 0006510302. Condition: very good condition, well looked-after copy. Price: £2.30, not including post and packing, which is £3.25. First class post is available; international postage is available
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Storyline: India, 1803. Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery by an English officer who has defected from the East India Company to join the Mahratta Confederation. In the hunt for the renegade Englishman, Sharpe penetrates deep into the enemy's territory where he faces temptations more subtle than he has ever dreamed of. And behind him, relentlessly stalking him, comes his worst enemy, the baleful, twitching Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill who is determined to break Sharpe once and for all.
The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye where Sir Arthur Wellesley, with a tiny British Army, faces the Mahratta horde. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley decides to fight, and Sharpe is plunged into the white heat of a battle that will make Wellesley's reputation. It will make Sharpe's name too, but only if he can survive the carnage and killing frenzy, for it is at Assaye that he at last realizes his ambition and has a chance to seize it

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Fortress", published in 2000 in Great Britain by HarperCollins in paperback, 367pp, ISBN 0006510310. Condition: Very good with some light tanning (browning) to internal pages. Price: £2.00, not including post and packing, which is £3.25 for UK orders; more for overseas customers
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Storyline: It is December 1803, and Richard Sharpe is now an officer in Sir Arthur Wellesley's army, which is seeking to end the Mahratta War. Relegated to a tedious job in the baggage train, Sharpe discovers a treason conjured up by his old enemy, Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, but in uncovering this Sharpe finds himself alone and under dreadful threat. He falls back on his fighting ability to regain his confidence and his treasure, the jewels of the Tippoo Sultan, which have been stolen from him.

The search for revenge on the men who robbed him takes him to Gawilghur, a seemingly impregnable fortress poised high above the Deccan Plain. Bolstering its defences is the renegade Englishman, William Dodd, who escaped from Sharpe in Sharpe's Triumph. Dodd is confident that no redcoat can reach him, but Sharpe is desperate and so he joins Wellesley's troops as they surge across the neck of land that leads to the breaches. There in the horror of Gawilghur's ravine, dominated by walls and guns, he will fight as he has never fought before

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Trafalgar. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805," published in 2000 in Great Britain by HarperCollins in paperback, 372pp, ISBN 0006513093. Condition: very good, well looked-after copy. Has some very light reading creases down the spine (hardly noticeable). Price: £2.20, not including post and packing, which is £3.25 (more for overseas customers)
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Storyline: It is 1805 and Ensign Richard Sharpe is on his way home from India. The voyage should be a period of rest, but his ship is riven with treachery and threatened by a formidable French warship, the Revenant, which is terrorizing British shipping in the Indian Ocean. An old opponent of Sharpe's is aboard his ship, and the voyage is further disturbed by the Lady Grace Hale, apparently as unreachable as she is beautiful.

Sharpe also has friends, notably a captain of the Royal Navy who is hunting the Revenant and who rescues Sharpe when all seems lost. The hunt turns into a stern chase as the French warship races home, carrying a treaty that could ignite India into a new war against the British. When the Revenant encounters the combined French and Spanish fleets off Cadiz, it seems that Sharpe's enemies have found safety, even as his enemies on board appear to have him trapped.

Yet over the horizon is another fleet, led by Nelson, and Sharpe's revenge will come in a savage climax when the two armadas meet on a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Prey", published in 2001 in Great Britain by Harper Collins in paperback, 338pp, ISBN 0006513107. Condition: very good, well looked-after. Price: £3.00, not including postage and packing, which is £3.25 for UK buyers. International and First Class delivery services available
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Storyline: It is 1807 and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, recently returned to England, is offered a new job: go to Copenhagen, help the Honourable John Lavisser deliver a bribe, and so stop a war. It seems very easy.

But nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every warship that the French lost at Trafalgar and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it. The British must stop them.

Sharpe is ordered to protect Lavisser against the French agents who infest the Danish capital. It is a shadow war of spies and brutality in which Sharpe is a sacrificial pawn. But sometimes pawns can change the game.

As the Danish army attempts to raise the British siege, it is met by Sir Arthur Wellesley with a force of redcoats and riflemen. Copenhagen is doomed. In nights of merciless British bomardment

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Rifles. Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, 1809", published in 1998 in Great Britain by Collins, 352pp, ISBN 0006176976. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Storyline: Meet Richard Sharpe. A Great British Hero. It is the bitter winter of 1809. Britain's forces are retreating towards Corunna, with Napoleon's victorious armies in pursuit. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the British army and surrounded by enemy troops.

Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of a Spanish cavalry officer, but his assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force. Only Sharpe can snatch victory from clear disaster


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Storyline: It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stranded when the French invade Northern Portugal. Sharpe is cut off and tries to fight his way back to the British lines, but instead is led into treacherous danger.

When the future Duke of Wellington arrives to take command, he immediately mounts his own counter-attack. Sharpe becomes the hunter rather than the hunted. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm-lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes a terrible revenge

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Eagle. Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign", published in 1994 in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers, 328pp, ISBN 0006173136. Condition: very good, but with a crease to the bottom right corner on the front cover. A nice copy. Price: £2.99, not including post and packing, which is £1.70 for UK customers, more for overseas buyers
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Storyline: Bold, professional, ruthless – hero and man of action

Sharpe only asked three things of his men. 1) That they fought as he did with a ruthless professionalism; 2) That they stole only from the enemy and the dead, unless they were starving and 3) They never got drunk without his permission.

Richard Sharpe is having a difficult war. Excluded from promotion because he is always on the battlefield, up against pompous, incompetent colonels, and worst, suddenly finding himself at the head of an inexperienced company who use all twenty five drill book approved movements to load and fire their muskets.

A soldier like Sharpe can't be kept down though and his promotion to Captain, when it comes, makes a dangerous enemy in the upper ranks. As Sharpe approaches bloody battle in Talavera, he knows he is fighting for his own honour and that of his men.

Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Gold", published in 1993 in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers, 303pp, ISBN 0006173144. Condition: very good, well looked-after. Price: £2.99, not including post & packing, which is £1.70 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers
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Storyline: Wellington must call on the only man brave and ruthless enough to win at any cost--Richard Sharpe. Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular army - vastly outnumbered, with its coffers empty - is on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government has fallen, and the last Spanish armies have been crushed by the French. But Wellington has one hope left: in the dangerous Portuguese hills lies a fortune in gold, enough gold perhaps to turn the Peninsular War around. And he knows of one fighting man capable of stealing it: Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex Regiment. Sharpe embarks on a secret mission that pits him against the French army; El Catolico, the fanatical Spanish guerrilla leader; and El Catolico's lover, the beautiful but deadly Teresa. This fifth novel in the bestselling historical fiction series takes the charismatic Richard Sharpe all the way from Talavera to the glory of Waterloo, on a mission that is unlike any form of warfare he has known in his long and embattled career as a soldier fighting his way up through the ranks. But Sharpe is determined to succeed, even if it means turning against his own side

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Escape. Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign", published in 2004 by Harper, 450pp, ISBN 0007120141. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Storyline: It is 1810 and the French are again attempting to invade Portugal. Ahead of the French forces is a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

Sharpe, however, is in difficulties. His job is under threat and, with enemies on every side, he has new opposition from a Portuguese warlord (Ferragus) against whom he wages a private war, fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra.

Sharpe is by now the Captain of the South Essex's Light Company but his leadership is challenged by a newly arrive Lieutenant Slingsby, who has been placed there by the South Essex's commander, Col. Lawford (who happens to be Slingsby's brother in-law). Early on in the book, Sharpe is out patrolling, and stumbles across some Portuguese and a cache of foodstuffs at a signaling tower. He destroys the supplies, per his standing orders, but not before getting into a vicious fight with the menacing Portuguese owner of the goods.

This Portuguese warlord is Ferragus, an ex-pirate, ex-slaver, and all-around successful gangster whose brother happens to be a Major of Intelligence for the Portuguese Army. These two brothers become Sharpe's arch-enemies, while Slingsby and Col. Lawford form the usual army irritants. Following Sharpe's initial victory, Ferragus vows to get even, and finds his chance in the chaos that results when the British pull out of Coimbra just before the French arrive.

Sharpe's Escape begins on the great, majestic and gaunt ridge of Bussaco, where a joint British and Portuguese army meets Marshall Massena's crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal rapidly die.

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Fury. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811", published in 2007 in Great Britain by Harper in paperback, 378pp, ISBN 9780007120161. Condition: Good+ condition with some rubbing to the cover edges and corners and some slight foxing (tanning or browning) to the internal pages. Price: £2.99, not including post and packing, which is £3.25 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers
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Storyline: In the winter of 1811 the war against the French seems a lost cause. All of Spain has fallen except for Cadiz (the Spanish capital), which is now under siege. Wellington and the British army are in Portugal, waiting for spring to herald a renewal of the conflict.

Richard Sharpe and his company are part of a small expeditionary force sent to break a bridge across the River Guadiana. What begins as a brilliant piece of soldiering turns into disaster, thanks to the brutal savagery of the French Colonel Vandal who is leading his battalion to join the siege of Cadiz. Sharpe extricates a handful of men from the debacle, but is driven south into the threatened city.

There in Cadiz, Sharpe discovers more than one enemy. Many Spaniards doubt Britain's motives and believe their future would be brighter if they made peace with the French. A Spanish priest, Father Salvador Montseny, secures a powerful weapon to break the Spanish-British alliance apart - Caterina Veronica Blazquez - and the letters she has received from Wellesley, the English ambassador. The priest has no scruples about employing blackmail, and Sharpe must apply intelligence, intrigue and skullduggery to destroy the letters before they destroy the alliance.

Yet, the alliance will only survive if the French siege can be lifted. A joint allied army marches from the city under the command of British General Thomas Graham and Spanish Aristocrat General Lapena to take on the more powerful French. This brilliant piece of soldiering turns to disaster because the Spanish refuse to fight leaving a small British force trapped by the French. The only hope now lies with the outnumbered redcoats who, on a hill beside the sea, refuse to admit defeat. And there, in the sweltering horror of Barossa, Sharpe finds his arch-enemy Colonel Vandal again

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Battle. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811", published in 1996 in Great Britain, 391pp, ISBN 0006473245. Condition: very good with some slight rubbing to the top and bottom right hand corners of the front cover. Price: £2.99, not including post and packing, which is £3.25 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers
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Storyline: In the spring of 1811, while quartered in the crumbling Portuguese fort of San Isidro, Richard Sharpe and his men are attacked by an elite French unit commanded by the formidable Brigadier Loup, and suffer heavy losses. Sharpe has already clashed once with Loup, and the Frenchman has sworn to have his revenge.

After the attack, Sharpe is faced with the ruin of his career and reputation, as the army’s high command blames him for the disaster. With thousands of French troops massing at a tiny village nearby, Sharpe’s only hope is to redeem himself on the battlefield. To save his honour, Sharpe must lead his men to battle in the narrow streets of Fuentes de Oñoro.

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Company. Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April, 1812", published in 1982 in Great Britain in paperback, 280pp, ISBN 0006165737. Condition: very good, clean and tidy condition. Price: �2.99, not including post and packing, which is �3.25 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers
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Storyline: It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost his command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy, the ruthless, indestructible Hakeswill, joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe. But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way - a desperate choice - is to volunteer for the Forlorn Hope, to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death or, just possibly, to heroic glory

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Storyline: Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time his enemy is just one man - the ruthless Colonel Leroux. Sharpe's mission is to safeguard El Mirador, a spy whose network of agents is vital to British victory. Sharpe is forced into a new world of political and military intrigue. And in the unfamiliar surroundings of aristocratic Spanish society, his only guide is La Marquesa - a woman with her own secrets to conceal...

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Storyline: The newly promoted Major Richard Sharpe is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women who have been held hostage up in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, bitter enemy of Sharpe.

Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence, but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. Surrendering or accepting defect would mean the end of the war for the allied armies

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Honour. Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June, 1813". Published in 1994 in Great Britain by HarperCollins in paperback, 374pp, ISBN 0006171982. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Storyline: Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the army's new campaign with grim expectancy. Victory depends on the increasingly fragile alliance between Britain and Spain - an alliance that must be maintained at any cost.

But Sharpe's enemy, the French intelligence officer, Pierre Ducos, seizes a chance to destroy the alliance and take personal revenge on Sharpe. And when the lovely spy, La Marquesa, takes a hand in the game, Sharpe finds himself caught in a web of deadly intrigue and becomes a fugitive, hunted by enemy and ally alike...


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Synopsis: Major Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England, the regiment will be disbanded. Determined not to see his regiment die, Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors, any one of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word.

Sharpe is forced into the most desperate gamble of his life - and not even influence of the Prince Regent may be enough to save him

Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Siege" published in 1993 in Great Britain in paperback, 319pp, ISBN 0006175244. Condition: very good, well looked-after. Price: £4.30, not including post and packing, which is £1.70 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers
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Storyline: The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast. It is to be one of the most dangerous missions of Sharpe's career.

Through the incompetence of a recklessly ambitious naval commander and the machinations of his old enemy, French spymaster Dierre Ducos, Sharpe finds himself abandoned in the heart of enemy territory, facing overwhelming forces and the very real prospect of defeat. He has no alternative but to trust his fortunes to an American privateer - a man who has no love for the British invaders.

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Storyline: It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the inexperienced and incompetent young Frog, William, Prince of Orange, who has been given command of a large proportion of the Allied Force. More concerned with cutting a dash at a grand society ball in Brussels, the Young Frog refuses to listen to Sharpe's scouting reports of an enormous army marching towards them with the lately returned Napoleon at its head.

When the Battle of Waterloo commences, Sharpe has to stand by and watch military folly on a grand scale. But at the height of the conflict, just as victory seems impossible, he makes a momentous decision. With his usual skill, courage and determination, he takes command and the most hard-fought and bloody battle of his career becomes Sharpe's own magnificent triumph

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  • Harlequin (Grail Quest Series Volume 1) [top]
    First published in 2000 (1st Edition) in Great Britain by HarperCollins Publishers in hardback with dustjacket, 372pp, ISBN 0002259656. Jacket illustration by Bill Gregory
    Published in 2001 in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers in paperback, 485pp, ISBN 0006513840. Cover illustration by Bill Gregory. Coats of arms taken from the 'Lives of the Offas' by Mathew Paris, reproduced by permission of the British Library (Cott.Nero.D.I./Folio 171v)

Contents:
Prologue

Part One: Brittany
Part Two: Normandy
Part Three: Crécy
Historical Note

Storyline: Harlequins are lost souls, so loved by the devil that he would not take them to hell, but left them to roam the earth. In French, the word is hellequin – the name given to the English archers who crossed the Channel to lay waste the towns and countryside.

Thomas of Hookton is one of those archers. When his village is sacked by French raiders, he makes a promise to God: to retrieve the relic stolen from Hookton’s church. Escaping his father’s ambitions for him to become a priest, he joins the army of King Edward III as an archer. The King and his son The Black Prince are going to France with a great force of knights and men-at-arms; it is led by great lords, but it is the archers, the common men, who will decide the success or failure of the invasion.

Thomas, his previous world and promises forgotten, revels in the life of an army at war and, even among those fighting men, becomes known for his wildness and his fearsome skills. He falls in love with a Breton widow, one of the enemy and of a different class, and his pursuit of her makes him into a fugitive, hunted by the French and English alike. But an adversary rescues him, leading him into a world where lovers become enemies and enemies become friends, where his only certainty is that somewhere, beyond a horizon smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English army, a terrible enemy awaits him. This enemy would harness the power of Chistendom’s greatest relic: the Grail itself

This book, the first book in the Grail Quest, ends in the great battle of Crécy, which marked the beginning of the 100 Years' War.

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Storyline: Thomas of Hookton, having survived the battle of Crécy, is sent by the king on a mission to discover more about his father's strange inheritance, which is rumoured to be connected to the Holy Grail. But he is not the only person pursuing it and his rivals will stop at nothing. Now the holder of great knowledge, he is in even greater danger, facing at last his enemy and cousin, the elusive Guy of Vexille

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Storyline: The year is 878 and Wessex is free from the Vikings. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now, as The Lords of the North begins, he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity and repelled by the king's insistent piety. He flees Wessex, going back north to seek revenge for the killing of his foster father and to rescue his stepsister, captured in the same raid. He needs to find his old enemy, Kjartan, a renegade Danish Lord, who lurks in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm (Durham).

Uhtred arrives in the North to discover a rebellion, chaos and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword, with which he has made a formidable reputation as a warrior. He will need the assistance of other warriors if he is to attack Dunholm and he finds Guthred, a slave who believes he is a king.

If Guthred is to rule Northumbria, he needs Uhtred and Ragnar, the Dane who is Uhtred's sworn brother. Guthred, though, is weak and yields to treachery. Uhtred ends up on a slave voyage to Iceland. His rescue comes through an unlikely alliance of his friends and enemies. In the end it is Alfred the Great of Wessex who sees profit in Northumbria's despair and looses Uhtred and Ragnar onto Dunholm, the invincible fortress on its great spur of rock in the lawless North

The Lords of the North, like Bernard Cornwell's two previous novels in this tale of England's making, is based on real events. It is a powerful story of betrayal, romance and struggle, set in an England of turmoil, upheaval and glory. Uhtred, a Northumbrian raised as a Viking, a man without lands, a warrior without a country, has become a splendid, heroic figure

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  • The Burning Land (No. 5 in "The Last Kingdom" series) [top]
    First published in 2009 in Great Britain in hardback by HarperCollins, with dustjacket, 336pp, ISBN 9780007219742. Original price when first sold: £18.99
    Author photograph on rear dustjacket flap: Kelly Campbell
    Jacket artwork by Larry Rostant, 2009
    Layout design by HarperCollins Publishers, 2009
    Book 5 of "The Last Kingdom "

Storyline: The last years of the old century were a dangerous time for England. Alfred of Wessex, a man of many victories, is in failing health, his successor is an untested youth and the Vikings, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, seize the opportunity to attack.

Uhtred, Alfred's unwilling warlord, leads the enemy into a trap and at Farnham inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings would ever suffer.

But in the aftermath of victory, Uhtred is tested both by personal tragedy and by an attack from Alfred's henchmen, jealous of his prestige and offended by his foreign ways. Uhtred breaks with Alfred, reneges on his oath and returns to the north, to his homeland, a Viking once again.

The one person who can bring Uhtred back to the Saxon cause is Aethelflaed, Alfred's daughter, who is married to a Mercian lord who wants to be her father's successor.

Uhtred takes command of the demoralised Mercian army and leads them in a desperate gamble which ends in a bloodsoaked battle beside the Thames

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Contents:
Place Names ix-xi
Map xiii

Part One: The Abbot
Part Two: Middelniht
Part Three: Rumours of War
Part Four: Ice-Sprite
Historical Note

Storyline: The years after King Alfred's death are peaceful, but at the dawn of the tenth century, Britain stands as a divided realm; the Danes rule the North, the Saxons, led by King Edward of Wessex, hold the South. The uneasy peace cannot hold.

Uhtred, the late King Alfred's celebrated warrior is out of favour with the new régime, and in one ill-considered moment of rage, he is thrown off his land and banished. He becomes an outcase, spurned by Christians and Pagans alike. Supported by a handful of loyal men, he journeys north across Britain to recapture his ancestral home and the greatest fortress of the North, Bebbanburg.

But elsewhere, the uneasy peace is breaking: the Viking Lord Cnut Longsword, most feared and savage of all the Danish lords, rises in fury at the capture of his wife and heir. This drags all the kingdoms into a bloody war which will decide whether there will be an England or a Daneland. And it is Uhtred, lord of the outcasts, who will decide the fate of the nation

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  • Copperhead: The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book Two [top]
    First published on January 3, 1994 in Great Britain by HarperCollins in hardback with dustjacket, 400pp, ISBN 9780002243094
    Published in 1994 in the United States by HarperCollins in hardback with dustjacket, 352pp, ISBN 9780060177669
    Paperback edition published in 1995 in Great Britain by HarperCollins, 494pp, ISBN 9780007804986
    Paperback edition published in 2001 in the United States by Perennial (HarperCollins), in paperback, 412pp, ISBN 006093462x. Cover design by Eric Fuentecilla; Cover photograph by Luca Pioltelli

Storyline: The beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second instalment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. It is the summer of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied but victorious at the battle of Ball's Bluff and Seven Pines. But he can't escape his Northern roots, and it is only a matter of time until he's accused of being a Yankee spy, pursued and brutally interrogated. To clear his name, he must find the real traitor - a search that will require extraordinary courage, endurance, and a perilous odyssey through enemy territory

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Storyline: Arthur's final test of courage is upon him...
Arthur has crushed Lancelot's rebellion, but at a cost. Guinevere's betrayal has left him reeling, and his Saxon enemies seek to destroy him whilst he is weak. Chaos threatens to engulf Britain, but Arthur is a military genius and a noble leader. As the battle draws near, he prepares to fight his way to victory at Mount Badon and also to win back the woman he lost.

However, in this final journey of the warlord, the intrigues of Mordred, now the adult heir to the throne of Britain, and the magics of the priestess Nimue could prove to be Arthur's downfall

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  • Wildtrack [top]
    First published in 1988 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Michael Joseph, 330pp, ISBN 0718130138
    Penguin paperback published in Great Britain in 1993, 352pp, ISBN 9780140177237
    Penguin paperback reprinted in 2011 in Great Britain by Penguin, 329pp, ISBN 9781405929394

Storyline: Trouble at Sea for an ex-War Hero...

His father in prison for fraud, his ex-wife bleeding him dry and his spine shattered by a bullet, Falklands war hero Nick Sandman, VC, has no money and no prospects. Only his boat - Sycorax - and his dream of sailing her away from his troubles are keeping him alive.

But Sycorax is as crippled as Nick. To rebuild his wrecked and stranded dream, Nick is forced into a devil's bargain with egomaniacal TV star Tony Bannister. Bannister is the owner of Wildtrack, an ocean racer, and he wants Nick to be part of the crew that will sail the ship to victory.

Bannister though, has made some powerful enemies who are out for revenge, leaving Nick caught in the middle. Can he keep Wildtrack and his dreams of escape aboard Sycorax afloat?

Cornwell, Bernard. "Azincourt", published in 2009 in Great Britain in paperback, 542pp, ISBN 9780007271221. Condition: very good with some slight rubbing to the cover edges; also some of the transparent plastic surface of the cover is peeling upwards at the edges. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing which is £3.50 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers
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  • Azincourt [top]
    First published in 2008 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by HarperCollins, 453pp, ISBN 9780007271214
    First published in 2009 in the United States as "Agincourt" in hardback with dustjacket by HarperCollins, New York, 451pp, ISBN 9780061578915
    Paperback edition published in 2009 in Great Britain by Harper, 542pp, ISBN 9780007271221

Storyline: Agincourt is one of the epic battles of history. It was fought by two badly matched armies in atrocious conditions and it resulted in an extraordinary victory, a triumph of the common man over the aristocrat, which has been celebrated ever since

The book is one of the first novels to have been written about the battle in over 100 years and makes the reader feel like they are one of the longbowmen in the army of Henry V. The archer in this story is Nicholas Hook, a man frequently in trouble back home. However, he finds his place

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  • The Fort [top]
    First published on September 30th, 2010 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by HarperCollins, 464pp, ISBN 9780007331727
    First published on September 28th, 2010 in the United States in hardback with dustjacket, 468pp, ISBN 9780061969638

    Paperback edition published in 2011 in Great Britain, 496pp, ISBN 9780007331741

Storyline: Summer 1779. Three small ships of the Royal Navy and seven hundred and fifty British soldiers. Their orders: to build a fort from which to control the New England seaboard

Forty-one American ships and over nine hundred men. Their orders: to expel the British. The story is a classic example of how the best laid plans can be disrupted by both personality and politics; and of how warfare can bring out both the best and worst in men

 
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