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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Harper; Abridged edition (Sept. 20 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694526096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694526093
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,897,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Another great historical event turned into a wonderful story. Highly recommended if you like the genre. Onto the next now then...
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By Lewispat on Jan. 30 2014
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I am a real fan of historical fiction and Bernard Cornwell never fails to keep me engrossed in his novels. Great book to read for anyone who is not out off by the gorey details of Medieval battles. His character development is excellent and the story riveting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul McGrath on April 25 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a pretty good adventure tale and don't really care about historical detail or learning anything new about the middle ages, you'll probaby enjoy this book. But if you like your historical fiction with a little depth, a little insight, or that which causes you to rethink your assumptions having to do with the long-ago time you are reading about, stay away from this one. Stay away from this one like the plague.
It is the story of Thomas, an English archer, and his involvement with the English army in France during the several months leading up to and then at the famous battle of Crecy in 1346. Based on what I know, it is historically accurate. The campaign and the battle took place pretty much as the author describes it. Historically, the battle was significant because it proved that infantry could be used, in combination with archers, to defeat disciplined cavalry units.
The battle scenes themselves are terrific. There is a load of graphic blood and gore, and the author is very knowledgable about weapons and tactics and armor and that sort of thing. The last thirty or forty pages of the book, the battle itself, are very exciting.
But it is the leading-up-to which leaves a lot to be desired. People in the middle-ages were very poorly educated. Only a very few could read or write, and all were riddled with superstition, fear and stupidity. There is no sense of that in this book. The Catholic church was dominant, and most men were in dreadful fear of it. There is no sense of that in this book either.
The nobility portrayed here are venal and vicious. There is no sense anywhere of the chivalraic code.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schiefelbein on June 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bernard Cornwell (the Richard Sharpe series, the Starbuck series) is a master of historical fiction, and "The Archer's Tale" is his first foray into the early years of the Hundred Years War between England and France.
"The Archer's Tale" opens with a horrifyingly brutish assault by the French on the small village of Hookton, which protects a mighty relic through its tiny size and complete lack of importance. The relic, the black lance used by St. George to slay the Dragon, is seized by the Harlequin, and the town razed. The Harlequin also kills his uncle, an old priest with a murky past. Cornwell's description of the destruction and rape of Hookton is masterful in its economy and its clarity -- this book quickly establishes that it is not for the squeamish!
Thomas, the archer, escapes the sack of Hookton through his mastery of the bow, which is the dominant military weapon of the era (the late 1300's). Contrary to common perception, archers were not the small wimps who hung out in the rear while the mighty swordsmen and cavalry fought the battles. An archer was fantastically strong owing to years of stringing their mighty bows, and Thomas is an archer's archer. He vows revenge on the man who has brought destruction to Hookton.
Possessing more lives than a cat, Thomas journeys to France and plays a crucial role in the sack of a French village. Earning the respect, love, or hatred of those whom he encounters (he inspires strong feelings, does our Thomas), Thomas uses his wits, his skill with a bow, a good head for warfare, and just plain blind luck to journey from battle to battle, from siege to siege.
Cornwell brings the Middle Ages alive with his vivid descriptions of life in small villages as well as his depiction of the mighty French city of Caen.
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By Zarioc on March 10 2011
Format: Paperback
I found that Bernard Cornwells "Harlequin" was an exceptional piece of fine literature. It offered an entertaining and vivid view of how men fought during the time of the hundred years war between France and England. The brutality between the two nations was especially brutal. Once the Oriflamme (Paris' Red Banner of St.Dennis) was risen in battle the French would take no prisoners. Not to ruin the story too much but the battle at the final climax of the novel gives a surprising and unexpected victor to one of those sides of the war. Would it be the Conquesting English who would win against an incredible force against them or the many nights, crossbowmen, and men at arms with their beloved Oriflamme of the French who victor over the other.

Read the novel and discover for yourself; dont take my word for the talent of Bernard Cornwell, for he is an author one should discover for themselves, and should be a household name in some years.

In Nomine Sathanas,
Zarioc
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By "kbohashi" on Jan. 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy entertaining medieval story telling, then this is the first of a trilogy for you. I happened upon B.C.'s books while browsing a store so I had no preconceived notions about this author. I can say that his historical fiction paints a bleak but fascinating picture of life in the 14th century.
Thomas, the main character, has a full life with his duty, oaths, and personal quest. His attitude, character development, and trials make him a likeable hero.
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