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 bestselling 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.
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1356, like most other Bernard Cornwell books, is a page-turner, and his skill in bringing the final battle to strong, valorous and bloody life cannot be questioned. Thomas of Hookton may not be as well-realized a character as other Cornwell heroes, but he fights bravely and well against ridiculous odds.Read Full Review of 1356: A Novel
...if you were even mildly miffed about the lack of full-on battle scenes in Heretic, 1356 makes up for it, culminating (as the date suggests) in the Battle of Poitiers. This means that, for those readers who have just discovered Bernard Cornwell, you're in for a treat: battle scenes are one of his specialities.Read Full Review of 1356: A Novel
Bernard Cornwell has said that he does not think Poitiers has received the recognition it deserves and that Crecy and Agincourt are better known by those interested in this period. This novel will go a long way in redressing that balance and does so in an exciting and stimulating way.Read Full Review of 1356: A Novel
Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction.Read Full Review of 1356: A Novel
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