1356 by Bernard Cornwell
A Novel


6 Critic Reviews

...a vivid, exciting portrayal of medieval warfare...
-Publishers Weekly


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.


About Bernard Cornwell

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Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and, most recently, The Burning Land; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
Published January 8, 2013 by Harper. 627 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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on Nov 14 2012

Best for fans of historical fiction who have both a taste for the Hundred Years’ War and some base-line knowledge that will allow them to enjoy this swashbuckling recreation.

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on Oct 29 2012

...a vivid, exciting portrayal of medieval warfare...

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Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds on Jan 10 2013

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.

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Reviewed by Ani Johnson on Sep 01 2012

...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.

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Reviewed by Ray Taylor on Nov 01 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Tish Wells on Jan 06 2013

Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction.

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