Sunday, March 3, 2013
Grand Climax Stars English Bow: Frank Wilson Reviews Bernard Cornwell's '1356'
My friend and former editor Frank Wilson reviewed Bernard Cornwell's historical novel 1356 for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On Sept. 19, 1356, a combined English and Gascon army under the command of Edward of Woodstock, the heir to the English throne who came to be known as the Black Prince, decisively defeated a larger French force near the city of Poitiers. It was one of England's three great victories in the Hundred Years' War (the others being Crecy and Agincourt).
The battle serves as the fortissimo conclusion to the latest installment of Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest Series, featuring English bowman Sir Thomas of Hookton, whose role in life seems to be to rid the world of dangerous relics. This time he's in search of La Malice, said to be the sword that Peter used to cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested. The English want the sword. So does the Church. Or at least, Cardinal Bessieres, the papal legate to the court of France, does.
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Note: I interviewed Bernard Cornwell about his Richard Sharpe series for GreatHistory.com. You can read the interview via the below link: