- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Factionpress (15 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956605303
- ISBN-13: 978-0956605306
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,718,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lost Legend of the Hawk: The Yorkist Boy Who Became a Knight Paperback – 15 Sep 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
I have never read faction before and did so with `Lost Legend' on the recommendation of my wife, an avid reader of fiction. As a military historian I am faced with the prospect of preparing to make a documentary film on the Wars of the Roses next year; a period of history that is new to me. Looking for a gentle entry into a distinct form of warfare, I picked up my wife's just finished paperback copy and was hooked within minutes.
Not only is it seriously good history, as my subsequent reading has confirmed, but it is also a cracking good tale to boot. It made a task that I was not frankly looking forward to, a real pleasure and gave me a sound grounding in the intricacies of the Yorkists and the Lancastrians, their causes and outcomes, which I have been able to build on.
So my verdict; this is one of those books that meets the needs of the fiction reader (my wife) and the military historian. This must surely be rare.
Note to self - track down Jack Holroyde as an expert for the film.
One detail deserves a mention. Many historians have wondered how armies of this period were organized at the small-unit level. How were orders given (say) to direct archers' targets, volleys, etc? Jack Holroyd uses a mixture of archival information and logic to present some credble answers to such questions.
My only problem with this excellent book is that it is not available in hardback. Fantastic value.
Lost Legend of the Hawk interweaves a story of two South Yorkshire teenage swine-herders, John Hawksworth and his able but stammering brother Edmund, into those dark days in an intriguing manner. The story is related by John 48 years after the events of 1461 as he faces being burnt at the stake as an enemy of the Church. It tells how his father-hating younger brother rises from his disadvantaged position to being acclaimed as an avenging hero of the Yorkist army at Towton through feats of daring requiring unrivalled skill with a crossbow and the wisdom of a far older man.
Thankfully the author escapes the story becoming overly fanciful as he demonstrates his knowledge of the conflict, the parties involved and 15th century warfare. His detailed knowledge of the area in which the action takes place, accompanied by maps and diagrams, and the role of the Church add to the believability of this blend of fact with fiction. The result is a work perhaps equally suited to those interested in military history and those seeking a first-rate historical yarn.Read more ›
If this is a history lesson (based upon the fact part of `faction'), then it is one which is lapped up eagerly and almost subconsciously as the narrative bowls along at great pace. This does not distract from the book's inventiveness or historical accuracy, which are both to be highly commended.
All the reviews for this book are full of praise though some suggest that the appendices, which feature at the back, should have been placed at the front. The fact that they appear at all is a bonus, and show that the author is well aware that some background is required for those assiduous enough to care. Is it really so difficult to use these details whether they are at the back or the front of the book? I think not.
Whoever Mr Holroyd is he should be congratulated for producing a spellbinding first novel and whatever else he is doing at the moment, he should really be working on the follow up. Publishers take note, this man has an exceptional talent, had this book been published by one of the foremost houses in the UK, and had been backed up by a healthy marketing budget, I am certain it would have made the best-seller lists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book which has been very well-researched and is very well-written capturing the time period perfectly. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2014 by Derek Tait
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had the quality to keep me enthralled all the way through. If I'd nothing else to do I would have read it in a couple of days but I'd finished... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2012 by maggie
The Lost legend of the Hawk was a total eye-opener. If you like History, carefully researched from the original Latin documents, and transcribed in an entertaining,factional, but... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2011 by Ms.S.Hughes
I found `Lost Legend' a really good read! It's Boy's Own Annual thriller stuff for boys aged seventeen to seventy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2011 by Donna Hemingway
Lost legend of the Hawk is the first book I downloaded for my new Kindle, I couldn't stop reading the heady tale as regards the battle of Towton Moor Palm Sunday 1461, I live near... Read morePublished on 8 July 2011 by J. A. Kirkbright
The Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York..... got to admit did not know much about it as I am a Great War buff. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2011 by Birmingham Pal
Fiction it might be but the Lost Legend of the Hawk has the ring of authenticity that grips the reader. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2011 by Dave Pyle
The Lost Legend of the Hawk is probable best described as a faction, telling the story of a lad from South Yorkshire, who started life as a swine heard in the 1400's and got very... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2011 by Father McNulty
After reading the first chapter of this endearing story, I couldn't help but move onto the next, one after the other, until I'd finished the whole book within a couple of days! Read morePublished on 12 April 2011 by Rob Williams