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An interesting story but perhaps lacking human interest
on 2 February 2013
I gave this novel 3 stars rather than the 4 or 5 that I normally give for Bernard Cornwell novels in some of his other series.
Frankly it never really came alive. Interesting as a description of the battle and its build-up, but lacking in the type of impact that I felt he delivered in Azincourt, and in The Alfred The Great series.
The characters in 1356 seemed to be rather undeveloped (OK I felt similarly about the earlier novels in the 'Heretic' series!) but knowing what a good job Cornwell can make of characters (Uhtred in the Alfred the Great series) where a wicked humour is applied to the character's retrospective comments on his life, made me less enthusiastic about 1356...