Warriors of the Storm

Bernard Cornwell says he’s writing “the tale of England’s making” through his series of historical novels known as the Saxon Tales. The latest one has just published, Warriors of the Storm.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cornwell discusses the challenges of writing about England before the Norman Conquest of 1066, why he’s happy to let other writers control the BBC America television series based on his books, and how he wound up living in the United States as an American citizen.

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  1. Capt. Aubrey Inactive
    Capt. Aubrey
    @CaptAubrey

    I adore this series. By making the hero a pagan Englishman and setting up a conflict with Alfred and the Church it gives an appearance of moral equivalence but to me at least it accentuates the way that the rule of law, literacy and Christianity grew in a peculiarly English way.

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  2. HalapenyoHarry Inactive
    HalapenyoHarry
    @HalapenyoHarry

    I am a giant fan of Cornwell’s Sharpe novels.  They are the ground counterpart to the Aubrey/Maturin series and just as as excellently written.  I’ve been wanting to get into this new series as well and listening to the podcast gave me just the motivation.  Thanks for interviewing this wonderful Author.

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  3. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Forgive me but I found Alfred the Great to be the good guy. At least in the T.V. show. He was very self-serving to be sure but he was under unimaginable pressure from all sides and he responded to it with intelligence, piety and decency.

    Also, I don’t know if a Saxon could count as an Englishman in this novel. His ancestry on Brittany in not even a century.

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  4. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Alfred the Great was enough of a scholar and linguist to translate some of Augustine’s writings into English.

    A great king indeed.

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