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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007331843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007331840
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (784 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.’ George R.R. Martin

Praise for The Burning Land:

‘Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed’
The Times

Praise for AZINCOURT:

'This is a magnificent and gory work' Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year' Evening Standard

‘A runaway success’ Observer

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

‘The characterisation, as ever, is excellent…And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war.’ Sunday Telegraph

This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution’. News of the World

‘He’s called a master story-teller. Really he’s cleverer than that.’ Telegraph

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.


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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
After a long gap, author Bernard Cornwell re-introduces us to the characters from his "grail Quest" trilogy.

As the title suggests, this is set in 1356 during the Hundred Years War when the English had the upper hand in France. Archer Thomas Hookton, leader of a bunch of English aligned mercenaries (including a number of the deadly English archers) is given a mission to recover a holy relic which may give considerable power to whoever has it. Dodgy churchmen are also after it so Thomas and his men are involved in a game of cat and mouse with various bad guys until things come to the crunch when Thomas is with the heavily out-numbered English army at the battle of Poitiers.

It's hard to fault the author when on ground as familiar and well researched as this and it is a very entertaining book. Elements are slightly cut short as the story pushes towards Poitiers, but this remains classic Cornwell. Having said that, I detected a slight change in style, there is more swearing and character banter then usual and some very light humour at times. No complaints but it did feel slightly different.

Much to enjoy here and I certainly did.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful By adam-p-reviews on 11 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Thomas of Hookton is back in Bernard Cornwell's new book 1356 and as usual, Cornwell does not disappoint with this novel. I have been looking forward to this book release for a very long time. Cornwell's Grail Quest trilogy was the first series of books that I ever read, so Thomas of Hookton holds a dear place in my heart and I couldn't wait to see what happens to him in 1356!

1356 sees Thomas and his group of rogue archers and men-at-arms (or otherwise known as the Hellequin) fighting as mercenaries in the French countryside. Thomas and his men are content; they are becoming rich off the warring French aristocracy and are able to help Frenchmen kill Frenchmen. However, Thomas knows that war is looming and when a message arrives from his liege Lord, the Earl of Northampton, Thomas is expecting to be wielding his bow back against the King of France. But, the letter is not what Thomas is expecting. The Earl of Northampton wants Thomas and his men to find a legendary relic called La Malice. La Malice is the sword of Saint Peter. The holy sword the Saint used to defend Jesus from the Romans.

The Earl of Northampton stresses how important La Malice is and Thomas sets out to reclaim it for the Kingdom of England. However, Thomas is not the only person looking for the sword! Thomas's nemesis Cardinal Bessieres is also looking for the relic in a vain attempt to become the next Pope! Both parties intertwine within the book, but the great finale between these two, and who ends up with the sword, is decided at the Battle of Poitiers! Will it be Thomas and the English or Bessieres and the French?

As usual, this was a great read from Bernard Cornwell and I'm glad that he has returned to this series because my favourite period in history is the Hundred Years War.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Pyers Symon on 29 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
1356 is - as any history buff will know - about the Poitiers campaign which culminated in the crushing defeat of the French by the Black Prince. Cornwell reintroduces use to Thomas of Hookton - now older, married with a son. We follow his fights against the normal crop of enemies that Thomas seems to accumulate: fat counts, sadistic churchmen, power mad cardinals (plus a meeting with the Pope who at that time was resident in Avignon)... Sir Thomas (yes knighted by the Earl of Northampton!) has a group of archers by his side who follow him on his adventures picking up damsels in distress, a dodgy sword - oh and a "perfect gentle-knight" who possible takes chivalry a little bit too far....

It all ends at Poitiers - where one of the great English (ok plus Gascon and Welsh!) victories of the 100 Years War occurs.

The book stands apart from the Vagabond trilogy - prior reading is not required (although it will help if you have read them of course if only to get the characters) and is characterised by Cornwell's detail to historical accuracy (as always the historical note section at the end of the book is fascinating).

Oh: violence and blood. Lots of it ....
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Lionel Wall on 7 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Cornwell, The emergence of this book surprised and delighted me. As ever it is a page-turner and I couldn't put the book down, and yet...

There's no getting away from the fact that these 100 Years War novels are fantastic, in the literal sense. Characters appear in bewildering profusion, and to be a French nobleman or churchman was to be a venal sadist, it seems. All ends are neatly tied and all scores are settled at the Battle of Poitiers, of course, and I can't help but reflect that the culmination of the novel in a set-piece (and for the English, successful) battle is a rather too familiar and lazy device of Cornwell's these days.

Then there is the issue of yet another Holy Relic. Come on, Mr Cornwell, was this plotline really necessary? I know that Dan Brown has made this brand of mystical hokum successful but it sits badly with novels of otherwise such historical authority. The Grail Quest was a means to an end, I suppose, but there is no excuse for repeating this rather silly device.

So, for me, this was a bit too familiar a pattern for the novel to be compelling and I think my haste in reading it was mainly prompted by knowing I had to get through the nonsense to reach the account of the battle! That, of course, does not disappoint and is worth the money alone. With these novels, ironically, you always know the ending and it says something for Cornwell that the books are still so readable. Try Cornwell's "The Fort" if you've not read it for a novel where (unless you are a student of the American Wars of Independence) you will still be wondering about the military outcome. It's not everybody's cup of tea but for me it's one of BC's best and it's not wrapped up in religious and mystical flummery!

Is this a good book? Certainly.
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