The year is 1346 and King Edward III is restless. Despite earlier victories his army has still not achieved a major breakthrough and the French crown remains intact. Determined to bring France under English rule and the French army to its knees he has regrouped and planned a new route of attack.
And on the beaches of Normandy his men now mass, ready to march through France to victory. But the French are nowhere to be seen. Edward knows that the worst thing he could do would be to take the battle to the French, where they will have the advantage and so he sets up camp near a small hill at Crecy and waits.
The Battle of Crecy will be a decisive turning point in the Hundred Years' Wars. This is the story of that battle and the men who won it.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children, and dogs in northern Dartmoor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After the Last Templar series, I was expecting more. This does not seem to be Michaels style of writing and I wonder if this was little more than an idea dump to get a new series started. Even though we should all know our Hundred Year War history, we are dumped into story with little understanding of military tactics especially those based on the geography of the invasion. It is hard to develop a character base and explain all this, therefore the book blunders along trying to establish these things in the running story. The storyline, and maybe the series, seems to follow a 'platoon' of archers attached to a knight and the story of their progress, casualties, and perceptions of war. This book struggles to establish little more than a starting point in the genre, and could have been so much more. I'll read one more.
If you know me, by now you know I love history and historical fiction (among many other genres). I was looking online for a book that would catch my interest. Something historical, something with knights in it, something I could not put down. By now you are thinking “Why don’t you go to Bernard Cornwell?” I have. I wanted more. I found it. FIELDS OF GLORY was exactly what I was looking for, and then some. The characters are developed, the story is fast/steady pace, the action flows, and it is compelling to read. You are taken to 14th century France. King Edward III of Britain wants to lay claim to the French throne, believing it is his birthright. The plan is to lay siege to cities and towns along the way to Paris to force the French king, Phillippe into facing him in a war. As fierce as the British forces are, they are not immortal. They suffer the wounds of war, and yes, some of the main characters die (but I will not say who). The best part of this book is the 14th century, from the customs, life styles, clothing, weaponry, superstitions, food, tactics, and medicine to the landscape, ocean voyages, and punishments for disobeying direct orders from the king (that was a harsh one to read, but well worth it) come to life. The book comes to life and plays on the movie screen of your mind. I did have two minor points that got me. 1) The layout of the book was confusing at times. One moment you are reading about the warriors, and then Beatrice appears in the next paragraph, and you are wondering where she came from. 2) Some terms are used that do not have definitions in any dictionary I have looked at. I wish there was a glossary provided. Other than that, this is a must read!