Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944. After graduating from the University of London, he worked as a teacher. He later joined the BBC’s Nationwide (news and current affairs) program and then became head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland. Following this he joined Thames Television as the editor of Thames News. In 1980, he married an American, moved to the United States, and started writing novels.
He became well known for his Sharpe novels which he based on the adventures of a rifleman character in the Napoleonic Wars. These were adapted for a television series that starred Sean Bean.
The Warlord ChroniclesEdit
However, he is also well known for his magnificent Arthurian trilogy, The Warlord Chronicles. These three books are his re-creation of Arthurian Britain – a time when the native Britons were being raided by Anglo-Saxons from the east and from the Irish in the West. Also a period of internal power struggles among the many kings and problematic struggle between the newly established Christianity and the ancient Druidic religion. The three novels in the series are:
Enemy of God; and
It is clear from the author’s notes at the end of each of these three novels that Bernard Cornwell delved deeply into many of the Arthurian legends. These books are perhaps the most realistic novelisation of a Dark Age Arthur. They are narrated from the viewpoint of an aged Christian monk, Derfel Cadarn (or Gadarn), who reputedly fought alongside Arthur (and survived) at the Battle of Camlann.
In 2006, Bernard Cornwell was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours List. For more information on Cornwell, please go to Wikipedia - Bernard Cornwell.