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Praise for THE BURNING LAND: 'Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed, The Times Praise for AZINCOURT: 'This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail 'The historical blockbuster of the year' Evening Standard 'If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past, Daily Telegraph 'A runaway success, Observer Praise for Bernard Cornwell: 'The characterisation, as ever, is excellent...And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war, Sunday Telegraph This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution, News of the World 'He,s called a master story-teller. Really he,s cleverer than that, Telegraph
It has long been my contention that the historical novel and the epic fantasy are sisters under the skin, that the two genres have much in common. My series owes a lot to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and the other great fantasists who came before me, but I've also read and enjoyed the work of historical novelists. Who were your own influences? Was historical fiction always your great passion? Did you ever read fantasy?
You're right - fantasy and historical novels are twins - and I've never been fond of the label 'fantasy' which is too broad a brush and has a fey quality. It seems to me you write historical novels in an invented world which is grounded in historical reality (if the books are set in the future then 'fantasy' magically becomes sci-fi). So I've been influenced by all three: fantasy, sci-fi and historical novels, though the largest influence has to be C.S. Forester's Hornblower books.
A familiar theme in a lot of epic fantasy is the conflict between good and evil. The villains are often Dark Lords of various ilks, with demonic henchmen and hordes of twisted, malformed underlings clad in black. The heroes are noble, brave, chaste, and very fair to look upon. Yes, Tolkien made something grand and glorious from that, but in the hands of lesser writers, well ... let's just say that sort of fantasy has lost its interest for me. It is the grey characters who interest me the most. Those are the sort I prefer to write about... and read about. It seems to me that you share that affinity. What is it about flawed characters that makes them more interesting than conventional heroes?
Maybe all our heroes are reflections of ourselves? I'm not claiming to be Richard Sharpe (God forbid), but I'm sure parts of my personality leaked into him (he's very grumpy in the morning). And perhaps flawed characters are more interesting because they are forced to make a choice . . . a conventionally good character will always do the moral, right thing. Boring. Sharpe often does the right thing, but usually for the wrong reasons, and that's much more interesting!
When Tolkien began writing The Lord of the Rings, it was intended as a sequel to The Hobbit. "The tale grew in the telling," he said later, when LOTR had grown into the trilogy we know today. That's a line I have often had occasion to quote over the years, as my own Song of Ice and Fire swelled from the three books I had originally sold to the seven books (five published, two more to write) I'm now producing. Much of your own work has taken the form of multi-part series. Are your tales too 'growing in the telling,' or do you know how long your journeys will take before you set out? Did you know how many books Uhtred's story would require, when you first sat down to write about him?
No idea! I don't even know what will happen in the next chapter, let alone the next book, and have no idea how many books there might be in a series. E.L. Doctorow said something I like which is that writing a novel is a bit like driving down an unfamiliar country road at night and you can only see as far ahead as your somewhat feeble headlamps show. I write into the darkness. I guess the joy of reading a book is to find out what happens, and for me that's the joy of writing one too!
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This is one in a wonderfully compelling series of books. Just love them all! This is a series about Alfred the Great through the eyes of a wonderfully colorful character named... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 17 Monaten von MBC veröffentlicht
The story of "Uthed of Bebbanburg" continues. Exiting and great story. Cornwell is one of the best historical story tellers. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. November 2013 von Richard
Die Transaktion hat prima geklappt, gerne jederzeit wieder mit Ihnen. Der Artikel ist wie beschrieben und ist problemlos bei mir angekommen.Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2013 von Sonka Haug
Die Geschichte zieht sich etwas in die Länge. Ich habe das Gefühl, dass man sich bei der ganzen Serie immer im Kreise dreht.Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2013 von dagmar sudki
Bernard Cornwell bietet hier wie immer historische Tatsachen vermischt mit ein bisschen eigener Phantasie. Das Buch ist leicht zu lesen und macht wie immer Lust auf mehr. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2013 von Miyu
I am a big fan of Uhtred saga but this book is definitely the weakest in the series. The plot dabbles along without real heights and lows. Lacks fresh ideas; seen it all before. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Januar 2013 von stechmann
Es wird hier immer wieder geurteilt, Bernhard Corwell wäre kein Kandidat für den Pulitzer-Preis. Stimmt! Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. August 2012 von Ostfalier
Wie fast alle Bernard Cornwell Bücher gut recherchiert und sehr spannend und mitreissend geschrieben. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2011 von Michael Buergener