It was the time when the English came across the Channel to take the battle to the French.
The army was led by the King, the great lords and knights, but it is the archers, the common men who are to be England’s secret weapon.
Thomas of Hookton is one of those archers. But he is also on a personal mission – one he frequently forgets in the joy of fighting – to avenge his father’s killing by a French raider and to retrieve his family’s treasure. But the journey is far more complex and treacherous than he had expected and the enemy who awaits him could harness the power of Christendom’s greatest relic – the Grail itself.
About the author
Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television’s Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Excellent book but work expected only by Bernard Cornwell. Brings to life this period of constant war and struggle for the English and French peoples. Enjoyed the read very much time to try more of the same.
A little tedious
Promising start and some interesting historical events are explored, but the endless detail of every arrow shot and sword swung made the book simply tedious - there are pages and pages of battle encounters at the expense of plot development - in the end I found myself speed reading just to get to the end. Disappointing.
Fantastic book , you will have to get the next two in the series before you finish the last page.