- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781850100
- ISBN-13: 978-1781850107
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.8 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Master of War Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013
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'I see flashes of brilliance that surpass Bernard Cornwell' The Bookbag.
'The 100 Years' War is the new Rome for historical adventure novels' Ben Kane.
'Page-turning and gritty' Daily Mail.
'If you only read one historical debut this year, make it this one. The prose is sharper than a bodkin arrow, the pace faster than thought and it was a book I just couldn't put down' Falcata Times.
'Like a punch from a mailed fist, MASTER OF WAR gives a true taste of the Hundred Years War. It is a gripping chronicle of pitched battle, treachery and cruelty. The stench and harshness of medieval life is ever present' ROBERT FABBRI, bestselling author of the Vespasian series.
About the Author
David Gilman had a varied career including firefighter, soldier and marketing manager, before turning to writing full time. He is an award-winning author and screenwriter.
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The novel is divided into three parts and the battle of Crécy takes place in the first. This gives you an idea that while the book seizes your attention with such a major event early on there is also much more to it than that. The mix of nationalities and allegiances works well - there is almost more tension between the English and Welsh than there is between Norman and English or Norman and French. No love, though, is lost between English and French - too much harm has been done by both. The theme of chivalry runs through the pages. A man such as Thomas might deny its place in a `modern' battle but its codes colour the actions of many of the characters in the novel. When they're broken or when promises are found to be false, there is outrage. This is felt not least by Thomas.Read more ›
Is Rome becoming the period of the past? More and more books and series seem to be gravitating to medieval periods and warfare. This is no bad thing, a change to different times, different outlooks on the aspects and manner of war. A change in weapons and a change in the pre-eminent
There are as many rich periods and great battles to centre a series around, and so many more nations to look at and explore.
Of all the battles and wars David Gilman has chosen one of the true stand outs; The battle of Crecy, set during the Hundred Years War.
My personal knowledge of the period is not the best, and that's what I love about more and more authors writing in this period, it's a chance for me to learn something new. Can I be educated at the same time as entertained?
In Master of War we the reader are introduced to one of the kings archers, Thomas Blackstone, a boy trained from childhood (as were all boys) to master the English longbow. The longbow was at the time THE weapon of destruction, ranks of archers firing bows of over 100lb draw, with a destructive force that could pierce plate armour, thus nullifying the French superior numbers in chivalry.
This book is a brilliant mix or characterisation, intrigue, battles, nationalities, history, enmity, courage, cowardice, fear and bravery. But ultimately for this period it is Chivalry that rules the day, the rules of chivalry that bind nobleman or all nations, as long as you are of noble blood, the peasants are as ever...fodder for the mill of war. This does not lessen the brutality of war, it does not reduce the death count in the field or war, in the destruction of castles and sieges, it just adds a set of rules, rules iron clad and the breaching of such would lead to outrage, ridicule and shunning by all sides.Read more ›
The action, and there is a lot of it, is vividly described. The reader almost imagines himself at Crecy in the first part of the book, willing on Thomas to greater and greater glory. And, as the battle is finally won by the English (not a spoiler to anyone who ever had history lessons at school). Thomas is fully acknowledged as the hero he is.
But this is not just a story about one of the greatest battles of the hundred years war. It is the story of a common, coarse Englishman who, through valour, hard work and sheer bloody-mindedness, becomes a knight feared and admired throughout France. And it is also a moving love story as Thomas strives to win the heart of the beautiful Norman girl, Christiana.
Master of War is a gripping story, just as gripping as any great thriller set in the 21st century. It is sad that many admirers of modern thrillers will never bother to read this book, because they will know that it won't have all those wonderful up-to-date guns and gadgets. The loss is all theirs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time with this author a fantastic read thoroughly enjoyed away to start next book immediately knowing it will be just as goodPublished 2 months ago by William Burt
Really good book starting in the invasion of France via crecy during the wars of attrition between the French and the English kings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David
Good read enjoyed it will buy and read the second one it was the battle exerts that we're very realisticPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the detail in the writing. The story is gripping and its great that historical facts are included. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs S S Murrells