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Old April 16th, 2016, 05:37 AM   #31
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Just don't read his Waterloo. Too biased, he obviously dislikes the Dutch-Belgians and openly hates the Prince of Orange. The book reads well, but his views in it are almost as old as the battle and outdated. I don't know how his other works are, I see he wrote a lot of different stuff, but he sure isn't my cup of tea. I didn't know it when I bought the book (Waterloo), but when I learned that it's the guy who wrote Sharpe ...
I liked his Waterloo book. It's the third one I have read on the subject and I thought his explanation of the battle was very good and simple to understand. It might have been because he is a good wordsmith who has the talent to explain and simplify.
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I liked his Waterloo book. It's the third one I have read on the subject and I thought his explanation of the battle was very good and simple to understand. It might have been because he is a good wordsmith who has the talent to explain and simplify.
It read well, I won't deny it, but IMO he does unjustice to Dutch-Belgian troops.
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It read well, I won't deny it, but IMO he does unjustice to Dutch-Belgian troops.

Cornwell did take many shots at "slim willy".

I did a quick search and found other British have been critical.

Waterloo Cowards : Belgian & Dutch Troops : Prince of Orange
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Cornwell did take many shots at "slim willy".

I did a quick search and found other British have been critical.

Waterloo Cowards : Belgian & Dutch Troops : Prince of Orange
He does, although I can see why he may dislike the Prince. It's his bashing of the whole army of the Kingdom of the Netherlands that bothers me. He seems to have that old mentality where every side talks highly only about themselves, even if the victory (like in the case of Waterloo) was a joint accomplishment. Waterloo was won by the Brits, Prussians, Dutch-Belgians, Hannoverians, Braunschweigers and Nassauers. Idk if it's just me, but it seems Cornwell wants us to believe it was the Brits alone, as all the others run away anyway or Slender Billy got them all killed. Oh, and some Prussians running around there about. That's not what I expect from an objective historian, but perhaps that's my problem. He's an author.

I know that link, found it interesting. Otherwise we discussed this very issue on the forum sometime in the past. Perhaps you'd like to check it out, bring out a new point or ask something. Or not.
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Edward Rutherford's Sarum and The Forest. Two epic collections of historical short stories and novellas involving the descendants of five or fictional families. He begins in say 10,000BC and creates three families, and then each successive story includes the descendants of each of these families dealing within certain time frames and making note of earlier stories.
I've read several of Rutherfurd's books, and enjoyed them. However, I've caught him more than once playing a bit loose with details of history if it's convenient for his writing. It makes me wonder how much else has passed by unnoticed due to my lack of expertise.

For sea adventure series, I can recommend the Expedient series by Peter Smalley as well as Julian Stockwin's Kydd series

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it seems Cornwell wants us to believe it was the Brits alone, as all the others run away anyway or Slender Billy got them all killed. Oh, and some Prussians running around there about. That's not what I expect from an objective historian, but perhaps that's my problem. He's an author.
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I think that you have hit the nail squarely on the head. Like many others, Cornwell is basically a story teller, and the Sharpe books have a particular time frame and geographic setting, but as Sharpe didn't actually exist, it is not unreasonable for Cornwell to take fairly liberal liberties with history provided that he doesn't go to ridiculous lengths - like Napoleon winning at Waterloo for example.
We know that William of Orange - from reputable contemporary sources - was wounded at Waterloo. What better piece of heroic fiction than for Sharpe to be responsible for that wound to prevent William making any more catastrophic decisions costing men's lives? (Must re-read William's actual contribution sometime as opposed to Cornwell - vague memory tells me that he wasn't all that good)
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My favorite historical fiction novel of all time is "Whom the Gods Would Destroy" by Richard Powell. It's a great re-telling of the Trojan War epic. If you want to see Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, Aeneas, Helen, Great Ajax, and the rest of the gang come to life, pick up a copy.

Powell was a popular author in the 1950s and 60s. He was also a newspaper man, creative writing teacher at Syracuse, and MacArthur's press correspondent during WWII. His most famous novel was "The Philadelphian," which was turned into a movie starring Paul Newman.

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I have not read his Viking books but I did watch the show The Last Kingdom. It was okay, could have been better. I hope the book does not reflect this above average show.

He does Arthurian Legends too? I might have to check that out. I love Arthurian Legends.
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Cornwell's King Arthur trilogy, called the Warlord Chronicles is among his best. The first book is called "The Winter King."

He gives the characters a fresh interpretation. For example, Merlin is a druid, and although people think he has magical powers, it's more a matter that he understands nature. In one scene where Arthur and his knights are surrounded and outnumbered, Merlin advises them to wait till morning when he knows a fog will appear in the swamp area where they're hiding allowing them to escape. The men think Merlin conjured the fog, but the reader knows Merlin is just smart and clever.
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Clever way of redoing an old story. I'll check it out. No guarantees that I will have time to read it though. My reading list is yuuuuge.
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