Inspiring quotes by Bernard Cornwell

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Bernard Cornwell

  • The bards sing of love, they celebrate slaughter, they extol kings and flatter queens, but were I a poet I would write in praise of friendship.
  • He tolerated his fellow Englishmen, but the Welsh were cabbage-farting dwarves, the Scots were scabby arse-suckers, and the French were shriveled turds.
  • The preachers tell us that pride is a great sin, but the preachers are wrong. Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation… Men die, they said, but reputation does not die.
  • All those separate people were a part of my life, strings strung on the frame of Uhtred, and though they were separate they affected one another and together they would make the music of my life.
  • Doubtless there were insanely frenzied warriors, but there is no evidence that lunatic nudists made regular appearances on the battlefield.
  • There is such joy in chaos. Stow all the world’s evils behind a door and tell men that they must never, ever, open the door, and it will be opened because there is pure joy in destruction.
  • We are all lonely and all seek a hand to hold in the darkness. It is not the harp, but the hand that plays it.
  • She was as faithful as a morning mist, as hard as a sword-bayonet, and that, he thought, made her a suitable reward for a soldier.
  • It was an unsettling thought, that somehow we were sliding back into the smoky dark and that never again would man make something so perfect as this small building.
  • You’re not a Christian, are you?” “No.” “You should consider it. We may not offer too many earthly delights, but our lives after death are certainly worth having.

Bernard Cornwell, born on February 23, 1944, is a prolific and acclaimed British author known for his historical novels, particularly the popular “Sharpe” series. He was adopted by a family in Essex, England, and later worked as a television producer before becoming a full-time writer.

Cornwell’s literary career took off with the publication of his first novel, “Sharpe’s Eagle,” in 1981, introducing the iconic Richard Sharpe, a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. This book marked the beginning of a highly successful series spanning over 20 novels, exploring Sharpe’s military exploits and adventures. Cornwell’s meticulous research and vivid storytelling captivate readers, offering a rich tapestry of historical detail and thrilling narratives.

Beyond the “Sharpe” series, Cornwell has written other historical fiction sagas, including “The Last Kingdom,” set during the time of the Viking invasions in England, which was adapted into a successful television series. His storytelling prowess and ability to bring historical periods to life through compelling characters and vivid settings have earned him a dedicated following and critical acclaim.

Cornwell’s works have been celebrated for their authenticity, blending historical accuracy with engaging storytelling, making him a preeminent figure in the realm of historical fiction.

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