1356 by Bernard Cornwell

This is an excellent story about the time, politics, and people leading up to the Battle at Poitiers, France in 1356. The battle, between the English and the French, was an outstanding battle in English history;  the second of three great battles in The Hundred Years War.  The English were badly outnumbered, weary, injured, short of water and food. Yet they fought a long battle and emerged clearly victorious.

The story’s main character is Thomas, leader of a group of select warriors for the English. It is a story you can’t put down and even though the book seems like one bloody battle after another, all vividly described, it is a story that pulls you in and takes you along for the ride.

I didn’t know that it was part of one of Cornwell’s series, but now I will try to get the others as I would like to read more about Thomas. Cornwell is expert at writing historical novels; he makes you forget that you are currently in the 21st century.

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