Red Pill Authors: English History

The next entry in the series of red pill authors is a man who is known for his gripping historical fiction. He deals mainly with historical figures of the British Isles, which so happens to be my favorite historical topic seeing as how that’s where most of my family comes from. So here we go.

Bernard Cornwell

Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don’t take chances then you’ll never have a winning hand, and I’ve no regrets.

Cornwall began writing after moving to the United States from England. He was refused a green card so he decided to try writing since it didn’t require a license to make money. His first series was the “Sharpe” books, which follow a British rifleman through the campaigns of Lord Wellington, from India to Waterloo. A trilogy of King Arthur, an ongoing series about the Danish invasion of England (Saxon Tales), another trilogy set in the 14th century (Grail Quest), and an unfinished series following a Yankee fighting for the South in the Civil War (Starbuck) followed. There are also several stand alone books.

His “Sharpe” books were adapted into a TV series and there is currently a series based on the “Saxon Tales” called “The Last Kingdom”.

Impact

What stands out about his works is the sheer “manliness” of his characters. There are very few, if any, mincing, fay men. The men of Cornwell’s works are take charge. They start at the bottom and through sheer will and by taking advantage of opportunities as they arise, these men become great and influential.

His protagonists usually start off being either young or inexperienced, which makes their growth through the books a wonder to behold. Without spoiling too much, let me use the “Saxon Tales” protagonist, Uther, as an example. He starts out as the youngest son of a Saxon warlord who sees his father killed and is taken into captivity by the Danes. I believe he is around twelve. He stays captive for awhile but manages to escape and begins to hone the skills that will benefit him greatly in this time, that of a warrior.

Uther grows into the most feared man in England. He plays a part in crowning rulers and dethroning others. He thumbs his nose at one of the most powerful institutions of his time, the church, even going so far as disowning a son who becomes a monk. Uther, like all of the Cornwell protagonists, stands on his own feet and does not back down when he knows he is in the right.

“She is a woman, and what women want, they get, and if the world and all it holds must be broken in the getting, then so be it.”

He’s referring to Guinevere in the passage above and how Arthur’s softness and pandering to her causes him to lose respect with his men and, in the end, causes her to cuckold him. I will say this, though, once Arthur’s eye’s are opened to her true nature he doesn’t hold back.

Cornwell’s work has received criticism as portraying the Dark Ages as the “Dirt Ages” because he accentuates the grimness and filth of those times. His portrayal of women is accurate. They are not warrior princesses who save the day, actually most of the so-called beautiful women in his stories end up being duplicitous and the protagonists usually suffer because of it.

Richard Sharpe, for example, has his wife spending all the money he looted from an Indian prince in battle while he is off fighting in Spain. Then she divorces him and marries the man she was cheating on him with. But justice is served in the final book.

The closest one to a independent “womyn” is Aethelflaed and she is portrayed as she was in real life, the de facto ruler of Mercia. I have no issue with him on this.

“There’s a time for caution,’ I said, ‘and a time to just kill the bastards.”

If you like warfare and vivid description of its’ actions and repercussions, look no further. In my opinion, no one does a medieval battle scene better than Bernard Cornwell. From the horror and confusion of battle to the stark portrayal of the effects of cold metal meeting warm flesh, no one does this better. Brutal and realistic. Just like I like it.

Bernard Cornwell has a knack for drawing you into the story. He has been accused of being heavy on character and short on historical detail. Personally, if I want the heavy historical detail I’ll read a non-fiction account, but Cornwell teaches lessons with his stories. It’s not just dry facts on a page, but historical figures bleed and cry and revenge on his pages.

I remember reading the Arthur trilogy and being frustrated with Arthur for not cracking down on Guinevere and allowing her to make him look a fool. And I was reading this as a 14-year old. It opened my eyes to what a woman can do to a man’s reputation if left unchecked.

“The bards sing of love, they celebrate slaughter, they extol kings and flatter queens, but were I a poet I would write in praise of friendship.”

Another characteristic of these books is the protagonist always develops a deep bond with the men around him and usually one  becomes essentially his brother. The bonds of masculine friendship are greater than any other in his books. Family may betray you. A woman will cheat you. But your battle brother will always stand by you. A true friend is priceless.

Conclusion

“Violence may not be good, my friend, but it has a certain efficiency in the resolution of otherwise insoluble problems.”

This author is worth a try if you like history, warfare, or just a good read where you learn a little something. The ZFG attitude of the protagonists inspires me and the camaraderie of men who face death and toil together gives me hope that with the right friends and attitude the world can be my oyster.

If you want your history heavy on snark and white guilt, look elsewhere.

“I had the arrogant confidence of a man born to battle. I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred, son of another Uhtred, and we had not held Bebbanburg and its lands by whimpering at altars. We are warriors.”

As always, thanks for reading.

 

 

Author: J J

Married father of three who both he and his wife were virgins at marriage. Raised by a prophet who foretold the end result of feminism. Raising his family to love God and each other and stay pure in this filthy world. Wife is stay at home mom and loves it. Leads youth at church and wants to spread truth as much as possible

  • cheeseburgercheeseburger

    never heard of this author…you an english prof or just an avid reader?

    • Discovered him with a library book when I was 14. English medieval history is my favorite so he fits right in my niche

  • Consolation_of_Philosophy

    Sold.

  • jammyjaybird

    In a word: fearlessness. I wish more people were fearless.

    But it comes in many forms. There is intellectual fearlessness, entrepreneurial fearlessness, creative fearlessness, and even emotional fearlessness. I admire all of them.

    • That’s it exactly. These men are absolutely unafraid to do what they feel needs to be done.

    • Dominus Antonius

      It’s the fear of failure. To give all and fail, hurts much less than the agony of never trying and forever wondering “What could’ve been?”.

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    Never heard of him, sounds good though, if I learn how to read I will check him out.

    • Keep trying. You’ll pass 2nd grade eventually

      • bem

        dik…..

  • Marius Aetius Lucullus

    sounds like he has some interesting reads Jive, would like to read the Saxon Tales & King Arthur for sure

    • The Arthur books are my favorites. They’re Cornwell’s favorite too

  • T-money

    Yo, this is off topic and I just found this place, but wtf happened to RoK? Its like Roosh put his second shirt with his face logo up for sale and we all ripped him for it and then he banned us. Now his frequently posts comments on articles as a means to drive up engagement.

    • John Galt

      That is an ongoing question, but Roosh acted (for whatever reasons) and the consequences are still falling out. Shame, but it was always his house (to torch).

      • KingEdward

        I think he was jealous. LOLKnee and GOJ were getting more attention than he was. It’s just like the idiots who don’t like Jews. They’re jealous…. instead of saying “That Einstein was a real smart guy.” They make up conspiracy theories. Pure Envy.

    • UWOTM8

      It’s better here anyway. Most articles there are meant for hysteria.

      • Quite honestly, the continuous outrage/hysteria game gets tiresome after a while. I don’t read many sites like that anymore simply because it’s too emotionally draining.

        • Beartastico

          And well I don’t but I… ummm… have chickens to feed?

        • Dominus Antonius

          I enjoy this site far more than ROK because it focuses on issues we actually have the power to change. Keep doing what you guys do.

    • Dominus Antonius

      His actions reek of mid life crisis. Traveling to the 3rd World in search of tail is cool when you are 20, not so much when you are approaching 40 with no meaningful career, intimate relationships, nor familial legacy to show for. Instead of reaching out for help, he gave us all the boot. Good riddance, I say.

      • T-money

        I can empathise with the alleged mid life crisis, but banning scores of dedicated readers and customers for ripping him one time (it’s what men do and what professionals always have to deal with,( see Trump or any NFL coach)) is the epitome if sensitive and dare I say feminine in nature.

    • pauldrake

      ROK had a long standing problem of being thin skinned to certain types of criticism. I was banned years ago for taking a major author there to task for his love of gangsta rap. As far as I can tell no one stuck up for me. I was under the impression that Roosh was not responsible or at least not the main culprit in the recent major purges that occurred on the ROK forum. That is why he is acting as mod now. If I’m wrong so be it. At least there is this place to serve our numbers which grow exponentially as the west rots a little bit more with each passing year.

      As for the topic at hand, I must admit my embarrassment at not being familiar with this particular author. My humble thanks to JJ for educating me. Now it is up to me to read at least some of his works which I of course plan to do.

      • T-money

        One of the good things about ROK is that once in a while an author would get called out on a shit article and the dissent would get a lot of upvotes. No one disregarded the authors previous work, or took the authors character to task, just healthy disagreement and life would move on.

  • B1k3_Ch41N

    URGENT: Disqus just had a data breach so if you have your work email or personal email attached to your account I would do something about it!

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      tender my resignation?

  • bem

    Well done, Jive; didnt’ know you could read or write.

  • Mick Dundee

    CHOSEN MEN!
    – Richard Sharpe
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iCkS9S7b8uc

    The excellent Sharpe series is on youtube, the books are equally excellent.

  • Bernard Cornwall is one of my favorite authors. I don’t know his upbringing, but he has a knack for developing and portraying the ‘band of brothers’ aspect of men who toil in common cause as well as the importance of honor. Most of the characters are involved in combat one way or another which makes this easier (in my mind), but brotherhood and honor is the heart and soul of his books.

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