1356

1356

by Bernard Cornwell
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1356 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernard Cornwell can certainly bring a period of time that I know very little about to vivid, roaring life! First, for those of you wondering what the book is about: 1346 is a continuation of the story of Thomas of Hookton (Grail's Quest series) and it definitely ties up loose threads by destroying some VERY irritating people (bessieres to name one). For those of you who haven't read the series I would definitely recommend that you read the first three novels before this one but honestly, you could muddle through it if you don't choose to read the others first. All in all...this was a wonderful book and I'm just bloodthirsty enough to be glad that some very bad guys got theirs in the end. This series has been wonderful from beginning to end(?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and story. Ending seemed a bit abrupt being all '....and..... the wars over' but thoroughly enjoyed the story.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
1356 by Bernard Cornwell Thomas of Hookton returns to life in the spellbinding second chapter in Cornwell's Grail Quest Trilogy. This time, Cornwell bases his story on the famous battle of Poitiers, held on September 19, 1356, between Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Edward III of England, and King Jean II of France. The story starts with Thomas of Hookton, or Le Batard, as he is known, in a mercenary war with the Bishop of Lavence to avenge the count of Labrouillade, whose wife has abandoned him for the younger and handsomer Lord of Villon. After rescuing the count's wife, Bertille, the count cheats Thomas of his spoils and Thomas strikes back at the count. Chased throughout France, Thomas is given a task by his lord and protector, the Earl of Northampton to find La Malice - St. Peter's sword used to defend our Lord, Jesus Christ when he was captured in the Garden of Gethsemane - and bring it back to the English. The French seek the sword too, so the story narrates Thomas' adventures as his quest is thwarted at every turn and betrayal, by promises made and broken until Thomas joins forces with Prince Edward to defeat The French. The book is a pleasure to read. Well researched, well written - each change of point of view is clearly marked so that reader can follow easily. The character development is excellent - my favorite character was the picaresque countess of Malbuisson, an octogenarian at the convent of Saint Dorcas, who not only comes to Thomas' rescue, but also helps him decipher the clues of the saint who held la Malice - St. Junen of Poitous - and also manages to rob Thomas of a small fortune as he is forced to gamble with her to keep her entertained all night. I read the book in three days, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction as much as I do.
Annoyed_reader More than 1 year ago
Please rate the book and not the marketing video. It skews the reviews for those of us who are interested in the actual book. My five starts is a start at getting the review back to a typical rating for a Cornwell book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good to see a few old friends and some new characters as well. He presents a marvelous historical novel with few competitors. It's all there, everything you could expect in history; courage, brilliance, faith, stupidity, the man doesn't miss a trick
Coltman More than 1 year ago
A worthy continuation of the grail series. It held my attention such as I read too fast and the book was finished too soon. Well worth the read, I heartily recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great a always!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Bernard Cornwell brings history alive.
VoraciousReaderJD More than 1 year ago
Cornwell never misses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ifail to comprehend how several people have rated this book with only one star. If the people who rated this wonderful book with only one or two stars had actually read the work instead of drawing all of their information from only the synopsis video they would have rated ir much higher. A question to all the people who obviously rated this novel based solely on the synopsis is this; if i were to show you an advertisment for a steak that was the best ad you had ever seen would yiu rate the steak as the best tasting steak you've ever eaten? No, of course you wouldn't you would rate it based on the taste. So why then do you rate a book before you've even read it. People look at reviews to see how others who have read the book liked it not to see how good the synopsis was. So here is my review, this book is a must read it is much better than the one star rating would have you believe
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Best yet!
Crazycat47 More than 1 year ago
I really love this book! I'm half way through it, but I find I just want to keep reading and do nothing else.
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no one develops characters and battle scenes from historical records better than cornwell. h.stone phoenix
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