Bernard Cornwell

The creator of the Sharpe series of historical novels.

Bernard Cornwell

Biography

Date of birth: 23 February 1944

Bernard Cornwell is an English author who mostly writes historical novels. He was born in London in 1944, his father was a Canadian airman and his mother a member of the Britain's Women's Auxiliary Airforce. He was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a strict religious set called the Peculiar People. When he left for university he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwell. He worked at BBC Television for ten years, starting as a researcher for Nationwide and ending as Head of Current Affairs Teleivison for the BBC in Northern Ireland.

While working in Belfast he met his wife-to-be, a visiting American with whom he moved to America. He was refused a Green Card upon arrival so decided to take up writing as it did not require a working permit. The first novel he wrote was Sharpe's Tiger, the first in the hugely successful Sharpe series.

He has written many more novels since and still lives in America with his wife.

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The Empty Throne

The Empty Throne

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The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler. England is...
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The Empty Throne - The Warrior Chronicles 8

The Empty Throne - The Warrior Chronicles 8 (Hardback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Hardback 320 pages
Published: 23/10/2014
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The Pagan Lord - The Warrior Chronicles 7

The Pagan Lord - The Warrior Chronicles 7 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 22/05/2014
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Death of Kings - The Warrior Chronicles 6

Death of Kings - The Warrior Chronicles 6 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 24/05/2012
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The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation. Alfred, the great king, is said to be dying.... Read more

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The Burning Land - The Warrior Chronicles 5

The Burning Land - The Warrior Chronicles 5 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 488 pages
Published: 27/05/2010
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The latest in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. In the last years of the ninth century, King... Read more

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Sword Song

Sword Song (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 06/05/2008
Publisher: Harper

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The fourth in the bestselling Alfred series from number one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. The year is 885, and England is at peace,... Read more

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The Lords of the North - The Warrior Chronicles 3

The Lords of the North - The Warrior Chronicles 3 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 02/12/2006
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Enter a world where bloody battles, and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third... Read more

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The Pale Horseman - The Warrior Chronicles 2 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 22/05/2006
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Continuing the outstanding success of The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman is the second installment of Bernard Cornwell's fantastic series,... Read more

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The Last Kingdom - The Warrior Chronicles 1

The Last Kingdom - The Warrior Chronicles 1 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 03/10/2005
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The first book in a brand new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred. Uhtred is an English boy, born into the... Read more

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1356

1356 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Go with God and Fight Like the Devil. The remarkable new novel by Britain's master storyteller, which culminates at the Battle of Poitiers. ... Read more

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Heretic - The Grail Quest v. 3

Heretic - The Grail Quest v. 3 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 28/05/2009
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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the number one bestseller Vagabond, this is the third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's GRAIL QUEST series,... Read more

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Vagabond - The Grail Quest 2

Vagabond - The Grail Quest 2 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 28/05/2009
Publisher: Harper

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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Harlequin, this is the second instalment in Bernard Cornwell's GRAIL QUEST series, in a... Read more

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Harlequin - The Grail Quest 1

Harlequin - The Grail Quest 1 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 28/05/2009
Publisher: Harper

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The first book in Bernard Cornwell's bestselling GRAIL QUEST series, in a bright and bold repackage. The year is 1342. The English, led by... Read more

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Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 - The Sharpe Series 1

Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 - The Sharpe Series 1 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of... Read more

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Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 - The Sharpe Series 2

Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 - The Sharpe Series 2 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde. The paths of treachery all... Read more

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Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 - The Sharpe Series 3

Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 - The Sharpe Series 3 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at... Read more

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Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 - The Sharpe Series 4

Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 - The Sharpe Series 4 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape... Read more

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Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 - The Sharpe Series 5

Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 - The Sharpe Series 5 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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Richard Sharpe is sent to Copenhagen to deliver a bribe to stop the Danes handing over possession of their battle fleet to the French. It seems very... Read more

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Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 - The Sharpe Series 6

Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 - The Sharpe Series 6 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of riflemen join the assault of a strong French force holding the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela.... Read more

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Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809 - The Sharpe Series 7

Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809 - The Sharpe Series 7 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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A small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe meets the future Duke of Wellington. Sharpe... Read more

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Sharpe's Eagle: The Talavera Campaign, July 1809 - The Sharpe Series 8

Sharpe's Eagle: The Talavera Campaign, July 1809 - The Sharpe Series 8 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous... Read more

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Sharpe's Christmas

Sharpe's Christmas (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 104 pages
Published: 03/09/2003
Publisher: The Sharpe Appreciation Society

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Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 - The Sharpe Series 9

Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 - The Sharpe Series 9 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Captain Sharpe,s task is to recover from a feared guerilla leader the gold Wellington so desperately needs. The enemy he faces strikes terror into... Read more

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Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810 - The Sharpe Series 10

Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810 - The Sharpe Series 10 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Richard Sharpe, with enemies on every side, survives Marshall Massena,s attack and ends at the lines of Torres Vedras. Sharpe,s job as Captain of... Read more

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Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811 - The Sharpe Series 11

Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811 - The Sharpe Series 11 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Captain Sharpe has to protect a philandering diplomat and, deserted by his ally, faces the enemy. In the winter of 1811, the war seems lost. Spain... Read more

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Sharpe's Battle: The Battle of Fuentes De Onoro, May 1811 - The Sharpe Series 12

Sharpe's Battle: The Battle of Fuentes De Onoro, May 1811 - The Sharpe Series 12 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Richard Sharpe is fighting for his Irish battalion and his own honour through the blood-stained streets of the town. Quartered in a crumbling... Read more

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Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 - The Sharpe Series 13

Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 - The Sharpe Series 13 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress. It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He... Read more

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Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 - The Sharpe Series 14

Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 - The Sharpe Series 14 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Richard Sharpe, who alone can recognise the top French spy, is under orders to capture him alive. Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time... Read more

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Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 - The Sharpe Series

Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 - The Sharpe Series (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2012
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Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy. Newly promoted, he is given the task of... Read more

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Sharpe's Honour: The Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813 - The Sharpe Series 16

Sharpe's Honour: The Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813 - The Sharpe Series 16 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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Major Sharpe finds himself a fugitive, hunted by enemy and ally alike. Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the army's campaign with... Read more

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Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813 - The Sharpe Series 17

Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813 - The Sharpe Series 17 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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Richard Sharpe returns to England to save the regiment. Major Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats... Read more

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Sharpe's Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814 - The Sharpe Series 18

Sharpe's Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814 - The Sharpe Series 18 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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Richard Sharpe, abandoned in enemy territory, has to trust in assistance from a hostile American privateer. The invasion of France is under way and... Read more

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Sharpe's Revenge: The Peace of 1814 - The Sharpe Series 19

Sharpe's Revenge: The Peace of 1814 - The Sharpe Series 19 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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Richard Sharpe triumphs in the last battle of the war, only to find himself in worse peril when charged to recover Napoleon's treasure. It is... Read more

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Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 - The Sharpe Series 20

Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 - The Sharpe Series 20 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe, sidelined on the Royal staff, magnificently siezes command at the final moment of the great victory. It is 1815. Sharpe... Read more

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Sharpe's Devil: Napoleon and South America, 1820-1821 - The Sharpe Series 21

Sharpe's Devil: Napoleon and South America, 1820-1821 - The Sharpe Series 21 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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Richard Sharpe, asked to help an old friend, meets, at last, the greatest enemy. Five years after the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe's peaceful... Read more

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A Crowning Mercy

A Crowning Mercy (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 24/11/2003
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A highly entertaining, wonderfully colourful story, now revealed to be written by one of our favourite historical novelists. In mid... Read more

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Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 07/02/2005
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A highly entertaining, wonderfully colourful story, now revealed to be written by one of our favourite historical novelists. The gilded family had... Read more

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Rebel - The Starbuck Chronicles 1

Rebel - The Starbuck Chronicles 1 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
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The first book in Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series on the American Civil War. It is summer 1861. The armies of North and South stand on the... Read more

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Copperhead - The Starbuck Chronicles 2

Copperhead - The Starbuck Chronicles 2 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
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The second book in Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series on the American Civil War. Nathanial Starbuck is a Copperhead: a northerner fighting... Read more

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Battle Flag - The Starbuck Chronicles 3

Battle Flag - The Starbuck Chronicles 3 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
Publisher: Harper

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Third volume in the bestselling Starbuck Chronicles. The battle for control of Richmond, the Confederate capital, continues through the hot summer... Read more


The Bloody Ground - The Starbuck Chronicles 4

The Bloody Ground - The Starbuck Chronicles 4 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
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The fourth volume of Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series on the American Civil War and featuring rebel Nathaniel Starbuck - a yankee fighting... Read more

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The Winter King: a Novel of Arthur

The Winter King: a Novel of Arthur (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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In the dark ages, a legendary warrior struggles to unite Britain ...Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his... Read more

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Enemy of God - A Novel of Arthur 2

Enemy of God - A Novel of Arthur 2 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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The Warrior King has brought peace to Britain - but for how long? Following a hard-fought victory, Arthur appears to have at last won the unity of... Read more

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Excalibur - A Novel of Arthur 3

Excalibur - A Novel of Arthur 3 (Paperback)

by Bernard Cornwell

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 07/07/2011
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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... Read more

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