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1356: A Novel

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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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    Ava G 09-20-16
    Ava G 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "classic Cornwell"

    The last of the series was another book you just could not stop listening to. Jack Hawkins was great! i just wish they would keep the same Narrator through the whole series..

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    Beach Girl Florida, USA 08-01-16
    Beach Girl Florida, USA 08-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "BC did not let me down...."

    This book had me from the first chapter. Having read many of his books yet none lately I thoroughly enjoyed stepping back into his world!!!

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    Tom 06-23-16
    Tom 06-23-16
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    "not for me"

    I love Cornwell's books. This one, however, left me cold. I couldn't finish. To me, the book lacked direction. I didn't know the big picture and wish Cornwell had integrated that into the story at the beginning.

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    Jose Gomez-Rivera 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hundred Years War and St Peter's Sword"
    If you could sum up 1356 in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, imaginative, historical


    What other book might you compare 1356 to and why?

    The Archer's Tale, Heretic and Excalibur


    What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

    Good solid performance but a little too excited


    If you could take any character from 1356 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Thomas- a down to earth hero, doesn't like war although he may be addicted to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent historical novel weaving history in with imaginative fiction. The Hundred Years War is a fascinating period with deep historical consequences. Cornwell reproduces much of what makes his novels work. The sympathetic characters are well fleshed out as is the human story while the din of battle is gripping in all its brutal detail. His villains are deliciously malicious and the mythical elements towering. It is a fine read.

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    Kent Prochazka Pearland, TX United States 03-04-16
    Kent Prochazka Pearland, TX United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story. The characters get grittier."

    I loved the arc of the story. I found the historical references to make it all that much richer. the depth of the characters has increased and made it far more enjoyable to savor. if you like historical dramas this is an excellent choice. As for the narration - enjoyed him immensely his inflections were easy to understand and help to get you into the characters heads. One minor detail was it appeared to sound as though he might have had a cold during some of the reading. one thing that would have made this book even better was to have included a map in the audiobook graphic.

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    B. Canter Colorado Springs 02-29-16
    B. Canter Colorado Springs 02-29-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Sequel to the Grail Quest Trikogy"

    I originally listened to this book as a stand-alone novel. I re-listened after finishing the Grail Quest trilogy. It was much better in context with the other three.

    This narrator was not nearly as good as the narrator for the original trilogy. It would have been nice to keep the original narrator with this sequel.

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    Peter Carlson 02-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    I hadn't realized it was a continuation of the Grail series. Great performance and story.

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    Joe Rappoccio 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story told by a man with a cold"

    nasally reader. to the point of annoyance. does he have a cold? other than that it was fine, but it was extremely distracting

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-15
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    "Love Cornwell. Hate this narrator"

    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.

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    JEAN M. Halsey West Palm Beach, Fl. 09-08-15
    JEAN M. Halsey West Palm Beach, Fl. 09-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    I love all of Bernard Cornwell books he is the fabulous author and he makes history so interesting

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