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 listen to a book or two each month. Mostly fiction mysteries. Been avid book listener for over 20 years!
I love how the story builds and all the plots and sub plots come together. Plus it is fun learning about another time and place. Would recommend this to anyone that loves historical fiction. wonderful performance also by reader.
This book is not an historical novel. It is absolute fiction. As fiction it is perhaps excellent. As history it is absolute b....
Nope, never read or listened to another Bernard Cornwell book.
I would seek more books read by Jack Hawkins, his presentation is excellent.
OK, I would probably go see the movie as an adventure/ action film. As an accurate portrayal of history it would be a waste of time.
Well read, well written, total time waster.
Yes, as with the other Cornwell books, he brings a period in world history to life in a most realistic way.
Excellent performance standing in place of all the characters in the book.
I hope Cornwell writes another soon.
Bernard Cornwell brings us another romp though history that otherwise we would be oblivious to. His ability to mix entertainment with history is unique to just a few select authors. That is why I have never read nor heard a bad book by Bernard.
Over the years I have grown to appreciate Cromwell's work and although this may not be his best effort it is still worth the cost of a token. Most of the characters are very well developed and he picks up a couple of new followers who could easily add interest in future episodes (hope). The action is at times gory but that period in history was quite barbaric.
I wasn’t sure of Jack Hawkins narration and it did take some time to get comfortable with. His Scottish accent is unforgivable but forgettable.
Overall this book is a pleasant distraction.
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
This story is so boring and impossible to follow. I usually don;t write bad reviews, but this was terrible.
No... generally...I love historical fiction!
Why not? There was nothing wrong with Jack Hawkins performance.
The narration by Jack Hawkins was good.
The characters are too cliché. For the most part, they act and react as if taken from a 20th or 21st century setting. Cornwell attempts to be historically authentic by attaching medieval chivalry values to certain characters but he does not do so convincingly. These attempts at historical authenticity do not feel necessary for moving the story along. They are not integral enough to the novel and therefore feel like anachronistic afterthoughts. Besides, the plot is too simple. Lack of mystery makes the novel un-interesting. Quite simply... boring!
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