Bernard Cornwell Biography
(Author of Historical Novels)
Bernard Cornwell is an English author best known for his historical novels. A prolific writer, he has till now authored four books about the American Civil War, three about Arthur’s Britain, three about the Hundred Years’ War, and five contemporary thrillers in addition to his famous Sharpe series. He is most famous as the author of the books featuring the fictional character Richard Sharpe—an English soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. His series on Sharpe, composed of several novels and short stories, track the character’s progress in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. His Sharpe series became so popular that it was later adapted into a television series. An active and pleasant man with a cheerful demeanor, Cornwell is absolutely in love with his profession. In fact it was true love that actually led him to writing. He was living in the U.K. when he fell in love with a visiting American and followed her to the U.S. Unable to get any other job, he began writing fiction. Combining his love for writing with his love for history, he focused on writing historical novels. Eventually his books became a hit with the readers and he decided to pursue writing as a full-time profession. In addition to fiction he has also published a non-fiction work on the battle of Waterloo.