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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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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-08-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    John 08-22-16
    John 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book , poor narrator."

    I do not want to hurt Jack Hawkins feelings however his talents lie elsewhere. You owe it to yourself to listen to John Lee or Charles Keating narrations of Bernard Cornwell books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "he does it again!"

    I have read the Saxon chronicles twice, Arthur books twice and just finished all of the grail. I can't get enough of Cornwell. he puts you directly into the battles! Sharpes here I come!

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    Peggy 09-04-17
    Peggy 09-04-17
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    "Exciting and Intriguing Story!"

    I always enjoy a good historical novel and this one is. I didn't want to stop listening to it! The narrator's voice was a pleasure to listen to. He kept the story interesting and exciting! I have read other novels by Bernard Cornwell which is why I chose this book. He is an excellent author and storyteller!

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    Robert J Farrell 07-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Ruined by performance"
    Would you try another book from Bernard Cornwell and/or Jack Hawkins?

    A predictably good Cornwell story that is absolutely ruined by an awful performance by Jack Hawkins. I have listened to over thirty audio books written by Cornwell. I have enjoyed some performances more than others, but I have never thought that any performance took away from the story until I listened to this one. When Hawkins narrates and voices the protagonist, he does so in a monotone that is lifeless and imperceptible from what one would hear from a teenager reading aloud. Curiously, he does an adequate job in voicing characters with accents such as the French and Scottish.


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    Robb Miller United States 12-14-16
    Robb Miller United States 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific"

    Love the character Thomas. Hope for more of his adventures. Reader was also fantastic. highly recommend.

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    Todd 12-08-16
    Todd 12-08-16
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    "Awesome book. No historical notes in audible"

    Audible, the best part of a Cornwell novel is the historical note. Why don't you record those for his novels?

    Where can I find the in text form to read?

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    Jill Albert Lea, MN, United States 09-29-16
    Jill Albert Lea, MN, United States 09-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding performance. Jack Hawkins is the best!!"

    The narration was absolutely amazing. The character of Keane added some levity to the story. Thomas is a great hero. Well written! Well performed!!

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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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