1356 : The Grail Quest

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Jack Hawkins
  • Series: The Grail Quest
  • 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: Popular Fiction Book of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Go with God and fight like the Devil.
A fascinating hero, the pursuit of a sword of mythical power, and one of England's greatest and least known battles: the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. This is a remarkable novel by Britain's master storyteller.
Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony. Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be known as the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French once more, but before Thomas can join, he must fulfil an urgent task. La Malice, a sword of mythical power guaranteeing victory to its owner, is thought to be concealed somewhere near Poitiers.
With signs that a battle between the English and the French is looming, others are seeking the treasure too, and some - French, Scots, and even English - are pursuing their private agendas against Thomas. But all - Thomas of Hookton, his enemies and friends, and the fate of La Malice - become swept up in the extraordinary confrontation that follows, as the large French army faces the heavily outnumbered English in battle.


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I would start by saying that I initially fell in love with Thomas of Hookton a long time ago, when he was a Heretic, and although I still love this older version of Thomas I didn't find the story quite as exciting. However, of course the amazing Bernard Cornwell has written beautifully and Jack Hawkins has done a cracking job narrating the story. I would have to suggest the reader/listener make their own decision on whether to take up this story and maybe if you are making this your first story starring Thomas of Hookton - which could be a stand alone story - you might want to, at some stage, either before or after, read the Grail Quest trilogy.
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- mollymoon1

The archer goes on.

This is a continuation of the Thomas Hookton series, if you have not read the series I strongly suggest that you start from the beginning as you will get a far better understanding of the story.

That said this is a complete story within the book and follows what I think is an excellent story line.

Bernard Cornwell sometimes loses the thread and continues a series one book to far. This is not the case with the archer series and I believe a few more books are still in this collection.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-09-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited