- Audio CD: 10 pages
- Publisher: HarperAu; Unabridged edition (January 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062237640
- ISBN-13: 978-0062237644
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 760 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although definitely a stand-alone, Cornwell’s latest foray into the dark days of the Hundred Years’ War features the reappearance of the rascally Thomas of Hookton, aka Le Batard, the main character of his enormously popular Grail Quest trilogy. As Thomas and his band of not-so-merry mercenaries roam the ravaged French countryside in search of pillage and plunder, they are bidden by the Earl of Northhampton to unearth the lost sword of Saint Peter, a mythic weapon purported to bestow on its owner tremendous powers for either good or evil. Naturally, the French are also seeking this holy relic, and all roads lead to Poitiers, where the badly outnumbered English forces wage a fierce battle against their enemies, resulting in one of the most improbably astounding victories of the protracted conflict. In addition to carving out another action-packed martial adventure, Cornwell spotlights one of the most significant but often overlooked battles of the era. High Demand Backstory: Cornwell, the master of martial fiction never lacks an audience and the reappearence of the engaging hero of the Grail Quest provides an added incentive to revisit the pivotal Battle of Poitiers. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“The first must-read of 2013 arrives….Bernard Cornwell is a master of combining a thumping good tale with a fascinating history lesson.” (Reader's Digest)
“In addition to carving out another action-packed martial adventure, Cornwell spotlights one of the most significant but often overlooked battles of the era.” (Booklist)
“No one picks a fight like Cornwell, who here does for the Battle of Poitiers what he did for the bloody fray that was Agincourt in the book of that name.” (Library Journal)
“A master of action-packed historical fiction…a vivid, exciting portrayal of medieval warfare….Nobody writes battle scenes like Cornwell, accurately conveying the utter savagery of close combat with sword, ax, and mace, and the gruesome aftermath.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present.” (George R.R. Martin)
“Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell - action set six hundred years ago is as fresh and vital as six days ago, with rough, tough men at war, proving once again that nothing changes... least of all great storytelling.” (Lee Child)
“The reigning king of historical fiction.” (USA Today)
“Bernard Cornwell is a gifted and prolific historical novelist who seems at home in virtually every era….A lively, accessible account of a remote moment in European history, a book in which Cornwell’s gifts as scholar and storyteller come together spectacularly.” (Bill Sheehan, Washington Post)
“Tired of waiting for another of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books? Cornwell’s latest novel may be your best option.” (Billy Heller, New York Post)
“Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction.” (McClatchy News) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The author is very knowledgable about the long bow and the wars of the era and gives an entertaining narrative with descriptions that demonstrate significant scholarly and deep research.
The Black Prince is there charming and manly and warlike ,not like the French King who is a Bon viveur eating of gold plates and preferring the soft life with entertainments as those French are anyway.
The culmination of the story is of course the battle of Poitiers written in a fascinating impressionistic way that gives the reader the participating feeling.It was a great battle and B.C. Is a worthy Bard of the epic.
Sir Thomas Hookton, the great bowman leader,once again saves fair ladies,kills evil men and fights the good fight for England ,Saint George,and some considerable plunder that will hopefully secure him ale and venison in his old age.
Overall a very entertaining story that makes us regret that only Crecy .Poitiers and Agincourt were the Great English Victories of those times because otherwise we would have more novels of the kind by the same author ,that I have to admit,I follow in every new novel and never regretted.Enjoy.
Fans of Cornwell's Grail Trilogy will be happy to see the return of Thomas of Hookton, the young scholar-turned-hellequin whose journey toward mastery in the craft of war - and to the finding of the greatest Christian holy relic of the Middle Ages, the Grail - was recounted in those books. Thomas is now the leader of a mercenary warband, accompanied by some of his hell-raising companions from his early days in Brittany under Will Skeat, and by his French wife, Genevieve. Cornwell brings back Thomas' one-time comrade-in-arms, the young Scotsman Robbie Douglas, to close the circle on their estranged friendship; also returning to the orbit of Thomas' life in this story is the rapacious and ambitious Cardinal Bessierès, who is once again in search of a holy relic - the sword of St Peter, called "La Malice".
The return of Bessières, and the repetition of the holy relic theme from the Grail Trilogy books, make "1356" feel somewhat formulaic, but that sense does not intrude while reading the book, or at least it didn't for me - it was only after I had finished that it struck me. While the reader is engrossed in the story, with its action, danger, and colorful dialogue, all that matters is the tale itself. A handful of new characters, including an Irishman named Keane - a reluctant divinity student; a young monk, Brother Michael, who doesn't really want to be a monk;, and Roland de Verrec, a supremely skillful knight who has read too many romantic tales of chivalry, are fine examples of Cornwell's skill in crafting personalities for his characters and bringing them to life. "1356" feels, in the aftermath, a bit like a return to the Grail stories all crammed into one volume, and the actual battle gets somewhat short shrift in favor of the search for "La Malice" and the renewed conflict between Thomas and Cardinal Bessières, it is nevertheless a rousing read and a worthy addition to the collection of any Cornwell fan.
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.
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