an older article but interesting nonetheless...
Europe Intelligence Wire, Oct 6, 2005 pNA
'I'm just the story-teller '.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2005 Financial Times Ltd.
(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: NICK MORRISON
It was his failure to get a Green Card that prompted Bernard Cornwell to write his first novel, but his historical thrillers have sold more than 20 million copies. He tells NICK MORRISON how he got started - and what he makes of the TV adaptations of his Sharpe series
BERNARD Cornwell had always felt a bond with Bamburgh Castle. On previous visits to Northumberland he had gazed on it in awe, but it was with something more than mere admiration. It was only after he met his natural father that he discovered the castle had once belonged to his ancestors.
"I had been on holiday there and I found I was drawn to it, and it was only later I discovered the connection, " he says. "I found out we were directly descended from the guys who ruled Northumbria.
"They owned Bamburgh Castle, which wasn't a castle then, it was a wooden fort. Of course it was 1100 years ago."
His reunion with his father four years ago and the revelations over his ancestry provided inspiration for his new series of historical novels, a departure from the Napoleonic Wars-set Sharpe series. ( Collapse )