Paperback - 2013
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The first book in Bernard Cornwell's bestselling GRAIL QUEST series, in a bright and bold repackage.

The year is 1342. The English, led by Edward III, are laying waste to the French countryside. The army may be led by the King, but it is the archers, the common men, who are England's secret weapon. The French know them as Harlequins.

Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers. But he is also on a personal mission: to avenge his father's death and retrieve a stolen relic. Thomas begins a quest that will lead him through fields smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Cr#65533;cy.

Publisher: London :, Harper,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780007310302
Branch Call Number: FIC COR
Characteristics: 479 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm


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May 09, 2015

Best descriptions I've ever read of the Battle of Crecy and the importance of archery in warfare.

Jul 30, 2012

A great bit of historical fiction. It feels very grounded and immersive, with a well researched setting and many believable characters. No black and white heroics here; everyone in this novel comes across as a very flawed human being. If there's one complaint I might make, I almost feel like the characters are a bit too 'grey'. For much of the book I couldn't sympathize much with the main character, as he was often doing worse things than his enemies! For a while I was hoping the French would finally win for once and give that jerk a beating. He does develop more of a conscience by the end of the book though, so he may be more likeable in the rest of the series.

Feb 03, 2009

Story of Thomas of Hookton, the Archer -- set in the 100 year war --
This quickly becomes the hunt for the Grail...
such a good story -- I could not put it down -I read all three books in a heartbeat (or so it seemed) I want more.

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