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
I am addicted to Cornwell and his wonderful way of illustrating history. i never thought I'd enjoy battles and fighting. However, Jack Hawkins, the narrator, mumbled his way through in a hasty montone that often had me drifting away, even during exciting moments. Also, the accents he gave characters were too thick. It's hard to listen or understand dialog that way. Accents should only be a flavor of the real thing. He ruined an otherwise exciting story.
The narrator did a superb job and really added an extra layer to the story.
Mr Cornwell is the master of historical fiction of this period in my opinion. It is well researched and has a fascinating story line.
He has a voice that is very easy to listen to and you don't find yourself judging his voices of different characters.
I don't know... given the types of people they are a night out that included a few drinks may end up in a deadly alehouse brawl.
It was a great story in a great series, But in the end it felt like the author was rushing to the conclusion. There were major characters that you were wondering about from the previous series that were explained away in a rather lackluster way and while the climatic battle was very exciting the "ride of into the sunset moment to end the series was lackluster. the last encounter with the main antagonist was very bland and major characters went away with just a few sentences that brusquely dismissed them. Perhapes there is more to come from Thomas of Hookton which would make my day, but the book reads like it is the finale and there is no mention of the fate of the heros after the end of the battle.
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
A huge fan of Cornwell's Arthurian Warlord Trilogy I have been waiting some time for Cornwell to write as good a book series. But while I applaud his efforts and evident joy of historical British fiction he has yet to re-achieve Winter King greatness.
The Archer series is better than the Viking series, but I grow weary of characters who are both good at fighting and want to fight and seldom lose. Cornwell's heroes, with the exception of Dervelt (msp?) become too proficient at killing their foes too quickly. The characters do not develop that much or they have little room for development and instead just become increasingly arrogant. This is either the result of Cornwell's eagerness to get on with the plot or his impatience developing the story. Or maybe he just wants to sell books. Hello James Patterson.
1356 is good because if you like Cornwell and you don't really care much for surprises, then you don't have to worry because guess what. Yeah, you guessed it.
If you are interested in the 100 years war and enjoy historical fiction, then this is the book for you! Don't think twice, buy it and step back into history!
I hope there will be more by books in this series. I do love these stories. Cornwell is a great weaver of tales
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Really enjoyed Agincourt so I decided to give this one a try too. No regrets! Bernard Cornwell does a fantastic job with the battle scenes, really bringing them to life. It was a little hard to get behind some of the characters but all in all this was an entertaining story well worth listening to.
The performance by Jack Hawkins was very good. He brought life to the characters and flawlessly handled the various voices and accents.
Cornwell wrote the book so everyone knows that the story will be amazing. However, this amazing plot is magnificently narrated by Jack Hawkins. His voices for the characters are varied, realistic and completely add to the story. He does Scottish characters, French women, boys, British men and women, Irish character, unread commonors, princes, French, Latin, English - his narration and accents are phenomenal.I hope that the book publishers re-make the abridged versions into unabridged and have Mr. Hawkins narrate. He is exceptional.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
Thomas of Hookton becomes a Knight. I loved the Grail Quest series and, if possible, this novel topped those. I initially read this before the Grail Quest novels (I honestly wasn't aware they existed) and immediately devoured the other three novels and then read this again to understand all that I missed the first go around.
The author has written numerous books similar to 1356, though I consider this among the top two or three of his novels, and with one exception, the best of his non-Sharpe novels (the exception being The Pagan Lord).
The battle scene at the end, which does a great job of bringing a medieval battle to life in the mind's eye of the reader.
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