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1356 [Hardcover]

Bernard Cornwell
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Oct. 29 2012
Go with God and Fight Like the Devil. A fascinating hero and the pursuit of a sword with mythical power - this is the remarkable new novel by Britain's master storyteller, which culminates at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. The Hundred Years War rages on and the bloodiest battles are yet to be fought. Across France, towns are closing their gates, the crops are burning and the country stands alert to danger. The English army, victorious at the Battle of Crecy and led by the Black Prince, is invading again and the French are hunting them down. Thomas of Hookton, an English archer known as Le Batard, is under orders to seek out the lost sword of St Peter, a weapon said to grant certain victory to whoever possesses her. As the outnumbered English army becomes trapped near the town of Poitiers, Thomas, his men and his sworn enemies meet in an extraordinary confrontation that ignites one of the greatest battles of all time.

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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

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"The most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today" (Wall Street Journal) delivers another thrilling page-turner in this tale of peril and conquest at the Battle of Poitiers.

September 1356, France: The English army—led by the heir to the throne, the Black Prince—is set to invade, while the French, along with their Scottish allies, are ready to hunt their enemy down. But what if there was a weapon that could decide the outcome of the war?

Thomas of Hookton, known as le Batard, has orders to uncover the lost sword of Saint Peter, a blade with mystical powers said to grant certain victory to whoever possesses her. The French seek the weapon, too, and so Thomas's quest will be thwarted at every turn by battle and betrayal, by promises made and oaths broken.

Rich with colorful characters, great adventure, and vivid battle scenes, 1356 tells a magnificent story of the quest for a holy relic with the power to change history—a quest that culminates in an epic and unforgettable struggle.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Action and detail March 23 2013
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I greatly enjoyed this return to historical times and would recommend it to history buffs who are not critical of certain possible anachronisms.Well worth reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok - but this. Author is usually Better Dec 29 2012
By Richard
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I love the Author but this book is not his best work - too predictable and very anti French - should write a book where the French aren't idiots or cowards for a change.
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By J. Thompson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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1356 is not the best novel Mr. Cromwell has set before his readers, but it satisfies with its quick pace and yet another superbly researched battle sequence is presented by today's master of the historical yarn! Settle. Down in your lawn lounger or your favourite chair and allow Mr. Cornwall to take you back to our often bloody past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 25 2014
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I wouldn't buy them if I didn't want them. Always good. Especially this author. I need to add more words so. There.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Cornwell Nov. 20 2013
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My absolute favorite author. My absolute favorite series by this author. Can't wait till Christmas to read it. Thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but lacks something June 30 2013
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This series is not his best and this book is one of the least interesting in the series. But it is still a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Cornwell April 7 2013
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Many have said it and I completely agree, Bernard Cornwell is the master at writing historical fiction. This book, 1356 is just another example of his efforts to telling a riveting story in an historical context. I would recommend any this authors books to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
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