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I didn't think I would get into the whole 14th Century thing, but this is a great story, with good characters and fantastic narration.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Another take on the English archer by Cornwell, this story is a lot grimmer and sinister than his earlier Grail Quest series. The darker tone suits the historical events covered in the novel and the narration is very good.
One of the seminal battles of British military history is the highlight of this masterpiece by Bernard Cornwell. Ignoring the cliched view that the archers won it on their own the actual battle is described in all its gory detail. The heady mix of the savagery of the times, the sheer bravery of the soldiery in the face of it and to no small extent the sheer ineptitude of command and organisation that were hallmarks of warfare at the time are all vividly described. Although there was much glory won on the field of battle it came at the end of a pretty ignominious campaign which Cornwell details in full without pulling any punches.
The joy of reading Cornwell's books is not just the grandiose set piece battles and action scenes but the way he weaves his knowledge of the minutiae of life in these far distant times into the books to educate without it ever feeling like anything but a story.
The presentation concludes with the views and thoughts of the author clarifying where and how he blurred the lines between fact and fiction as well as thoughts on further reading which many will appreciate.
Simply excellent and very well narrated.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
a very well told story. you feel like you are viewing the battles with your own eyes. the narrator did a great job bringing it to life.