- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 8, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A2ZINAM
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1356: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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This story has a lot of the tropes we have come to expect in a Cornwell story. There are of course desperate fights and escapes from perilous situations. And then there are evil men. The most malefic men in the book are a Cardinal of the church and his henchmen. They are almost matched in their vileness by the Count of Labrouillade, who is a pig of a man. As in all the Thomas of Hookton stories, there is also a holy relic. In this story, it is la Malice, a sword that was supposedly used by Peter to defend Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Cornwell hangs this story on the struggle to possess la Malice.
The story reaches its climax at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. Cornwell shows us the battle by involving Thomas and his men in desperate and bloody fighting at various crucial points.
While not as good in my opinion as the Grail Quest trilogy, 1356 is quite entertaining, and it was nice to read another Thomas of Hookton story.
I find Cornwell's books difficult to read because of the excessively long paragraphs. Most of his paragraphs should have been cut into three or four instead of one. This makes concentration on the book more difficult for me, not to mention more difficult to maintain your place, especially if my reading is interrupted by life. Nevertheless, Cornwell is a great storyteller and I enjoy his books.
am a big fan now.. particularly his novels set in early England and through the Hundred
Years War timeline. These are not "IVANHOE" - type novels. The subject matter and
situations are Adult .. but elicit a more true-to-reality representation of life and times during the
Middle Ages and earlier.
Now, on to the possible heresy of his wife and Thomas of Hookton's own condemnation by the Church....please, I got the gist of it after the first six renditions of the story.
C'mon Bernard....you're better than this!!
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