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Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012.

With characteristically meticulous research Cornwell’s new historical blockbuster weaves a complex story, epic in scope, that has as its climax the battle of Poitiers, the second but less well known decisive battle in the Hundred Years War. English archer Thomas of Hookton is ordered to find the mythical, and lost, sword of St Peter said to grant victory to whoever possesses it. The quest however, leads to a confrontation that sparks a must bigger conflict. Medieval history brought to life by a master storyteller.

Sarah Broadhurst

1356 Synopsis

Go with God and Fight Like the Devil. The remarkable new novel by Britain's master storyteller, which culminates at the Battle of Poitiers. 1356: France stands alert to danger. The English army, victorious at the battle of Crecy and led by the Black Prince, is invading and the French are hunting them down. The bloodiest battles of the Hundred Years War are yet to be fought. Thomas of Hookton, an English archer, becomes trapped with his outnumbered army. And here, near the town of Poitiers, an extraordinary confrontation will ignite one of the greatest battles of all time.

1356 Press Reviews

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

 

'A reminder of just how good a writer he is'
SUNDAY TIMES


'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive'
George R.R. Martin

 

'He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that' TELEGRAPH

 

'Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell' Lee Child

 

'This is a magnificent and gory work'
Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year'
EVENING STANDARD

'A runaway success'
OBSERVER

'The characterisation, as ever, is excellent...And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war'
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

 

'This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution'
NEWS OF THE WORLD

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ISBN: 9780007331864
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007331840
Publication date: 27/09/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007331864
Publication date: 6th June 2013
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up ...

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