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1356: A Novel | [Bernard Cornwell]

1356: A Novel

On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.
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Publisher's Summary

Bernard Cornwell, the "master of martial fiction" (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in 1356, a thrilling stand-alone novel. On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers.

In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

In the vein of Cornwell's best-selling Agincourt, 1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable characters - both villainous and heroic - transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.

©2012 Bernard Cornwell (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 01-17-13
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I loved this book. The narration was clear and distinct, and the story was well told. About my only dismay was when I realized that this actually the fourth book of the Grail Quest series, and then I was seriously annoyed to find that books 1-3 are only available as abridged versions.
    I honestly don't know why publishers waste their time or effort with abridged versions, I personally won't waste time or money on abridged versions.
    Maybe someday someone at Audible will realize that there is a HUGE market for unabridged books.

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 01-14-13
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 01-14-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Excitingly descriptive medieval battles"

    Thomas of Hookton continues his battle against Christian relics. As you listen to the battle scenes you may have to duck to avoid the splatter of blood flying. A quite excellent tale of dastardly Royals, Clerics and varlets and god awful justice handed out. I am still trying to decide if I like this better than the Sharpe sagas. Well worth the credit and maybe even another.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-08-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The end of the 100 years war"

    I am a great fan of Bernard Cornwell. This is book 5 in The Grail Quest series. I have read them in order but each book can stand alone. This book covers the weeks before the September 19, 1356 Battle of Poitiers and the battle itself and the capture of King John II of France. Cornwell builds the character of each of the key people in the story. Our hero is Thomas of Hookton head of the Helleguin. He and his wife Genevieve have a run in with the evil Count of Labrouillade and a church cardinal. The story is full of pomp and passion, action, suspense and great battle scenes. Cornwell is the master of writing battle scenes that come alive to the reader. Can not wait for the next book in the series, I hope there is more but with the ending of the war maybe not. Jack Hawkins did an excellent job narrating the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda 01-24-13
    Glenda 01-24-13
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    A good book. Not up to "Agincourt" by Bernard Cornwell and performed by Charles Keating, but how many are? My kind of story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 02-12-13
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 02-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "First class story; first class performance"

    Before I review the novel, let me write something about Jack Hawkins. I don't know how many people check the "sample" audio before they decide to purchase a book, but in this case don't be fooled by the short sample. It reflects nothing of the magnificent voices of Jack Hawkins. I know the term has been used many times, but he truly brings the Cornwell characters to life. I wish he had narrated all the author's books.
    "1356" despite its blood and gore, is an incredible story with Thomas of Hookton, a leader of a group of mercenary archers, "the Hellequin" as its central character. This book culminates in the Battle of Poitiers, a rather unknown English victory is the 100 years war. But it is more than a tale of war; it is a tale of love between husband and wife (Thomas and Genevieve), a tale of hate between the Count of Labrouillade, a disgusting specimen of a man and his wife who sensibly runs off with another man, and it is a tale of a demonic priest, an ambitious cardinal and other corrupted and corruptible churchmen. It is also a quest story, this time for the sword that St Peter used to cut off the ear of an enemy. In fact, for those following Cornwell's quest novels, this is the fifth.
    I highly recommend this book/

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Honolulu, HI 01-17-13
    Leonard Honolulu, HI 01-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Love to Bungee!!

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    "A First Class Yarn!!!!"

    I've always been a fan of Cornwell's medieval novels and this is the first one that I have had the pleasure of enjoying as an audiobook. The story is great and Jack Hawkin's narration is first class. Can't wait for the next installment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 02-04-13
    Stephen United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "1356: French Deja Vu All Over Again"
    Any additional comments?

    1356 is a mix of the Grail Series that featured Thomas of Hookton and Agincourt. Both books ended with a battle where the outnumbered English army defeats a seemingly unbeatable French army outside a small town in France.

    In the process, Thomas seeks the sword of Peter, rescures a captured woman; defeats a foe out to destroy him personally; and gets around to playing a key role in winning the battle.

    Instead of seeking the Holy Grail, in this book, Thomas seeks the Sword of Peter. There was a belief back in the Middle Ages that a Holy Relic contained great power and the person who owned the relic would be able to use that relic's power for their own personal benefit. Therefore, the owner of the Sword of Peter (the one used to cut off the ear of the slave when Jesus was captured by the Romans) would be unbeatable in battle.

    Each of Bernard Cornwell's series have a unique flavor. Their hero is a current or past military figure with his own strengths and weaknesses. That hero must learn to think of others beyond himself. That hero has a foe who personally dislikes him and decides to kill him. Cornwell does a great job is revealing the hero and making him likable without making him unbelievable.

    I am a big fan of Cornwell and enjoyed this book. The format is more in keeping with the Grail Series that feaures Thomas and the book would seem to be #4 in the series.

    If you like English history with a definite military flavor, you will enjoy this book. And the ending regarding the destiny of the sword was most unique and creative.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth St. Johns, FL, United States 01-21-13
    Elizabeth St. Johns, FL, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing and Captiving from the first minute!"

    I was not sure I would like this book since it's not my usual genre, but the story seemed to have so many facets, that I was willing to take a chance. Especially since the last 4 or 5 books I downloaded were adequate at best. The narrator is the best I have ever heard. His tone is smooth and voice changes for different characters is unique and makes it much easier to follow this incredible and exciting story. I didn't want the 11 hours to be over and was constantly surprised and amazed at the detail and touching stories of each characters life that the author had a never ending supply of. You would feel like you were at the edge of story being told watching it unfold. I can't wait to see what other fabulous books this author has and I hope he uses the same narrator for all of them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 02-17-13
    Stuart 02-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Absolutely wonderful"

    I have always enjoyed Mr. Cornwell's books. I went through the Sharpe's series and wanted to tell him"more". I read all of those and was thoroughly pleased. I have some series I read and some on audible. I don't know why I purchased Agincourt and 1356 on audible but I couldn't be more pleased. Having a teen who thinks the most mundane is " awesome" I hesitate to use superlatives. The narrator made a wonderful story wonderous. If you enjoy Cornwell and historical fiction then this is well worth the listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonthan C. Cons Porter, ME USA 02-10-13
    Jonthan C. Cons Porter, ME USA 02-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about 1356?

    Being drawn into the ambiance of 14th century war and intrigue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1356?

    The scene with Thomas, the fresco painter, the cardinal and the priest in the chapel was hilarious.


    What three words best describe Jack Hawkins’s performance?

    Almost just right


    Any additional comments?

    Hawkins is great, however he repeatedly irritates with a two of my pet peeves: the pronunciation of "all" as "auwlll" (it's amaziing how many words have that ending) and pronouncing the word, "vuLnerable" as "vuNNerable."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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