Audiobook CD - 2012
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The Hundred Years War rages on and the bloodiest battles are yet to be fought. Across France, towns are closing their gates, the crops are burning and the country stands alert to danger. The English army, victorious at the Battle of Crécy and led by the Black Prince, is invading again and the French are hunting them down.

Thomas of Hookton, an English archer known as Le Bâtard, is under orders to seek out the lost sword of St Peter, a weapon said to grant certain victory to whoever possesses her. As the outnumbered English army becomes trapped near the town of Poitiers, Thomas, his men and his sworn enemies meet in an extraordinary confrontation that ignites one of the greatest battles of all time.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, p2012.
ISBN: 9780007478200
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 11 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hawkins, Jack voice actor.


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Nov 19, 2014

Cornwell gives a good look at the politics and intrigues of the time. But in the end the battle scenes come down to one gory limb being severed, or a head bashed in, it gets tedious.

CaraLibrarian May 22, 2013

I've listened to quite a few Bernard Cornwell audiobooks, and Jack Hawkins is not my favourite reader - he really doesn't do voices, which can make it hard to differentiate between characters. But other than that, a solid performance. And of course - you can't go wrong with Bernard Cornwell if you like swords and detailed battle scenes. Which I do.

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