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From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperback-- a thrilling tale of danger and conquest at the Battle of Poitiers, 1356 is "a book in which Cornwell's gifts as scholar and storyteller come together spectacularly." (Washington Post)Bernard Cornwell, the "master of martial fiction" (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in 1356, a thrilling stand-alone novel. On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle--one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well. In the vein of Cornwell's bestselling Agincourt, 1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable characters--both villainous and heroic--transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.
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"The reigning king of historical fiction."--"USA Today" The reigning king of historical fiction. --"USA Today"" "The legions of Cornwell's fans...will need little encouragement to devour this latest installment in the Hundred Years Way sequence. Everything you expect of a Cornwell offering is here in abundance: interesting characters, rich historical detail, thrilling battles, war, violence, gore, heroism, wry humour....Highly recommended."--Historical Novels Society "Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction."--McClatchy News "Tired of waiting for another of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones books? Cornwell's latest novel may be your best option."--Billy Heller, New York Post "Bernard Cornwell is a gifted and prolific historical novelist who seems at home in virtually every era....A lively, accessible account of a remote moment in European history, a book in which Cornwell's gifts as scholar and storyteller come together spectacularly."--Bill Sheehan, Washington Post "The reigning king of historical fiction."--USA Today "Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell - action set six hundred years ago is as fresh and vital as six days ago, with rough, tough men at war, proving once again that nothing changes... least of all great storytelling."--Lee Child "Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present."--George R.R. Martin "A master of action-packed historical fiction...a vivid, exciting portrayal of medieval warfare....Nobody writes battle scenes like Cornwell, accurately conveying the utter savagery of close combat with sword, ax, and mace, and the gruesome aftermath."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "No one picks a fight like Cornwell, who here does for the Battle of Poitiers what he did for the bloody fray that was Agincourt in the book of that name."--Library Journal "In addition to carving out another action-packed martial adventure, Cornwell spotlights one of the most significant but often overlooked battles of the era."--Booklist "The first must-read of 2013 arrives....Bernard Cornwell is a master of combining a thumping good tale with a fascinating history lesson."--Reader's Digest The legions of Cornwell s fans will need little encouragement to devour this latest installment in the Hundred Years Way sequence. Everything you expect of a Cornwell offering is here in abundance: interesting characters, rich historical detail, thrilling battles, war, violence, gore, heroism, wry humour .Highly recommended. --Historical Novels Society" Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction. --McClatchy News" Tired of waiting for another of George R.R. Martin s Game of Thrones books? Cornwell s latest novel may be your best option. --Billy Heller, New York Post" Bernard Cornwell is a gifted and prolific historical novelist who seems at home in virtually every era .A lively, accessible account of a remote moment in European history, a book in which Cornwell s gifts as scholar and storyteller come together spectacularly. --Bill Sheehan, Washington Post" The reigning king of historical fiction. --USA Today" Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell - action set six hundred years ago is as fresh and vital as six days ago, with rough, tough men at war, proving once again that nothing changes... least of all great storytelling. --Lee Child" Bernard Cornwell does the best battle scenes of any writer I ve ever read, past or present. --George R.R. Martin" A master of action-packed historical fiction a vivid, exciting portrayal of medieval warfare .Nobody writes battle scenes like Cornwell, accurately conveying the utter savagery of close combat with sword, ax, and mace, and the gruesome aftermath. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" No one picks a fight like Cornwell, who here does for the Battle of Poitiers what he did for the bloody fray that was Agincourt in the book of that name. --Library Journal" In addition to carving out another action-packed martial adventure, Cornwell spotlights one of the most significant but often overlooked battles of the era. --Booklist" The first must-read of 2013 arrives .Bernard Cornwell is a master of combining a thumping good tale with a fascinating history lesson. --Reader's Digest"

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