Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell

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in London, England, The United Kingdom
February 23, 1944




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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwell.

Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher. He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times, but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.

He then joined BBC's Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Irela...more

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The eighth book of the Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Tales,The Empty Throne, will be available in the UK on 23 October 2014 and in the US in January 2015.

The forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but instability and the threat of Viking raids still hang heavy over Britain’s kingdoms. For Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians, is dying, leaving no heir and the stage is set for rivals t...

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“Life is a jest of the Gods and there is no justice. You must learn to laugh… or else you'll weep yourself to death.”
Bernard Cornwell, The Winter King

“Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Bernard Cornwell

“Wyrd bith ful araed (Fate is inexorable).”
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