Charles Cordell – Author

Charles Cordell is the author of English Civil War historical fiction series Divided Kingdom, including the novel God’s Vindictive Wrath. This is the website for his books, English Civil War historical notes, news and events, the Divided Kingdom Readers’ Club and more.

God's Vindictive Wrath by CHARLES CORDELL

God’s Vindictive Wrath

From the carnage of Edgehill to the barricades at Brentford – ordinary men and women face each other and the brutal reality of civil war in Britain. All have answered a call to save England. Now only an English mile separates them on the battlefield.

‘Stirring. A great read! You can almost hear the roar of cannon and the thunder of hooves. Do not miss this evocative account of the start of the English Civil War.’

Ben Kane, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion, Hannibal, Spartacus and The Lionheart series

‘Charles Cordell, a former soldier, writes with bravura confidence.’

Antonia Senior, The Times

The Keys of Hell and Death

The Keys of Hell and Death - an English Civil War novel

From the brutal Battle of Lansdown Hill to the Storming of Bristol in 1643, The Keys of Hell and Death are coming – out 2 June 2024.

FREE eBook Short Story

Desecration - Winchester 1642 - an English Civil War short story

Desecration is a FREE ebook short story. It is exclusive to members of the Divided Kingdom Readers’ Club. Click too download this ebook and join the Clubmen now.

Historical Notes & Maps

Map of London showing English Civil War fortifications
London – English Civil War Fortifications

Read historical notes and maps to accompany God’s Vindictive Wrath and Desecration. These cover: the Little Ice Age and The General Crisis of the 17th Century; the English Revolution and causes of war in 1642; Early Modern warfare; the battles of Edgehill, Aylesbury, Brentford and Turnham Green; the Storming of Winchester; and more.

Talks & Walks

Charles Cordell at the book launch after party for God's Vindictive Wrath

Let Charles Cordell support you and your projects. Available for talks and battlefield walks. If you would like the author to join you, click for more.

News & Events

Readers’ Club

Charles Cordell - author with English Civil War re-enactors at Waterstones

Join the Divided Kingdom Readers’ Club for FREE access to exclusive short stories, opportunities to meet the author and more. Click for more.

Charles Cordell – the Author

I am a writer with experience as a soldier and diplomat on the ground in the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, the Sahel and West Africa. I have seen humanity at its best, its worst and its most desperate. My writing draws on my time spent in the fraying margins of civilisation, as well as a long study of the Great Crisis of the 17th century.

If you want to know a little more, please do visit the About Page which includes more about the author, this website, partners in publishing and the Service Charities I support. If that does not give you enough, please do join the Readers’ Club for more, exclusive content, or simply follow Charles Cordell Author and/or #DividedKingdomBooks on social media at:

Divided Kingdom – the Books

God’s Vindictive Wrath has been endorsed by Ben Kane (Sunday Times bestselling author), Michael Arnold (author of the Civil War Chronicles), a senior British Army general and Professor Ronald Hutton. It has been reviewed in The Times and its writing described as ‘excellent’, ‘strong and vivid’, ‘impressively rendered’, with descriptive prose of ‘exceptional quality’. Please do check out the reviews. Historical Notes to accompany the text can be found at English Civil War Notes and Maps.

The Keys of Hell and Death – book #2 in the Divided Kingdom series – is complete and in editing with the publisher. It should be published in Spring 2024. I am now writing book #3. Do check out the Books page for more details.

In the meantime, you might enjoy Desecration, set around the Storming of Winchester in December 1642. This ebook short story is FREE to download.

I very much hope you appreciate and enjoy these books. However, they will not be for all readers. They are historically authentic. But they are also brutally real. I do not believe in hiding the realities of war. They are not to be trivialised.

If you are unsure if these books are for you, please try the First Chapters for FREE or download the ebook at: FREE eBook.

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