i know 'Sharpe' has been discussed to death on this forum, but has anyone read any other of Cornwells works? I'v just finished 'Sword Song' the 4th and latest in his King Alfred series, its about a pig headed (BFO) bloke named Uhtred whos good at the 'ol ultra violent with a touch of the smarts for the sneaky ops too. hes a northumberland saxon who was captured as a child by the danes and raised as a viking, a believer of old gods (Thor and Odin) who has given his oath of service to King Alfred, who is portrayed as a meglomanic pious manipulator. so you can guess at the personality and belief conflicts of the plot line. good stuff. following the same formula of his other works (another BFO pigheaded basterd whos good at killing peeps who pi*s him off) its enjoyable and easy reading (kill Uhtered kill!) another of Cornwells I'v enjoyed is the 'Starbuck' series set in the American civil war (not that there was anything civil about it), I just wish he would get around to writing the next one and finishing it off, its been a few years now. I fu*king hate it when authors leave a series hanging for ages and you are left waiting for the next book. a lot of people dont like this type of historical novel were imaginary characters are added too, or factual players from history are used in novel form, but Cornwell (and GMF too) have probably done more for teaching the general populance history than the high school curriculum has done over the last 20 years. and once again i'm left hanging for the next blo*dy book in the series to come out in paperback to find out what happens. its not easy being a peasant.