Tuesday, 18 June 2013

1356 by Bernard Cornwell

He's done it again. That master of historical fiction Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe, The Warlord Chronicles) has a new book available to pre-order which is what I'm just about to do. The blurb reads...

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 Crécy 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 Bâtard, 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.

And here's the trailer:

If you're looking for some gripping summer reading, this could be it.
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