From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperbackA??a thrilling tale of danger and conquest at the Battle of Poitiers, 1356 is A??a book in which CornwellA??s gifts as scholar and storyteller come together spectacularly.A? (Washington Post)
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 struggleA??one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred YearsA?? 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 CornwellA??s bestselling Agincourt, 1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable charactersA??both villainous and heroicA??transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.
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by Bernard Cornwell
"In this stand-alone novel set during the Hundred Years' War, Thomas of Hookton, hero of Cornwell's Grail Quest trilogy, returns with his band of mercenaries in pursuit of la malis--the sword of Saint Peter--a holy relic said to bestow great power. Naturally, others are also in pursuit and are determined to win the sword at any cost. Jack Hawkins delivers a stunning performance of this dramatic novel of political intrigue and military battle. Throughout, he effortlessly distinguishes characters from all over Western Europe through various accents. Hawkins's thoughtful reading reveals the emotions of the characters, enhancing their portrayals. His performance is full of energy during Cornwell's signature battle scenes, offering the listener a visceral experience of war. A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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