• Man at Arms: The Battle of Poitiers

  • Sir John Hawkwood, Book 2
  • By: Griff Hosker
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Black Death! England has won the war with France, but the disease which rampages through the land takes both rich and poor, warrior and worker. John Hawkwood and his two companions spend the winter in the north. 

It is in the spring that he begins to mould his company into a fighting force, and he serves the Baron Mortimer on the Welsh Border. There his men learn to fight as one, and John Hawkwood begins the change from archer to man at arms. 

When the king and the Black Prince commission him to fight for them, first in an action against the Castilian pirates and then on a chevauchée through Gascony, he learns the skill of leadership.

©2020 Griff Hosker (P)2021 W F Howes

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good story, great narration
as was first book of this series, looking forward to the next.

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Man at Arms

Both of the books in the John Hawkwood series were great. I throughly enjoyed them both. Hoping there are more to come in the series.

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Engrossing story

I listen to the sample before buying an audiobook, as the quality of the narrator can make or break the story. Mr. York has embodied the tales of John Hawkwood for me and I look for his narration on all of said stories.

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Narration is key to a great story!

What a great author who takes the time and effort to bring life and emotions to the one-dimensional history taught in school.

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Excellent

As much as I enjoyed the first book, it wasn’t great. This second in series is a great book and going in my favorites.

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Too simple, doesn’t develop the story or characters

Too simplistic. Doesn’t really demonstrate how or why Hawkward was so successful. Intelligence, business-like approach to war. This story was mostly telling telling, not showing. Didn’t accurately represent military leadership or the bond between soldiers.

Id recomendable skipping this and checking out Christian Cameron, Bernard Cromwell.

I read both 1&2 of this series

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  • 08-15-22

Dreadful

Absolutely awful!
I guess it's fine if you want the title character to be an all out 80's action hero, who solves all problems, cures plagues and is the greatest at everything and anything. If you want even the slightest touch of anything more realistic or meaningful, then move along. It doesn't even give historical accuracy a nod in it's vague direction.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

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  • 09-03-22

excellent

i reviewed crecy as hawkewood being full of himself and that hasn't changed...yes he has earned the right but i find it tiresome...although it didn't take away from the story at all...i still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • 08-07-21

Little better than pulp fiction

Very disappointing. There is little by way character or character development, the narrative is one dimensional, repetitive and predictable.

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  • r1gby1983
  • 06-10-21

Good continuation of the series, bring on the next

I must admit I do appreciate when Marston York Narrates a book and it is written by Griff Hosker. I just love reading his books.
Book two carries on from book one with John Hawkwood and his band of followers. Sir John Hawkwood probably gives it away in the title but again an easy, enthralling read. Bring on the next one.