The Archer's Tale

The Archer's Tale

eBook - 2006
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At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal English village of Hookton. To brave young Thomas, the only survivor, the horror of the attack is epitomized in the casual savagery of a particular black-clad knight, whose flag--three yellow hawks on a blue field--presides over the bloody affair. As the killers sail away, Thomas vows to avenge the murder of his townspeople and to recapture a holy treasure that the black knight stole from the church. To do this, Thomas of Hookton must first make his way to France; So in 1343 he joins the army of King Edward III as it is about to invade the continent--the beginning of the Hundred Years War. A preternaturally gifted bowman, Thomas quickly becomes recognized as one of England's most deadly archers in King Edward's march across France. Yet he never stops scanning the horizon for his true enemy's flag. When Thomas saves a young Frenchwoman from a bloodthirsty crowd, her father--French nobleman Sir Guillaume d'Evecque--rewards his bravery by joining him in the hunt for the mysterious dark knight and the stolen holy relic. What begins as a search for vengeance will soon prove the beginning of an even higher purpose: the quest for the Holy Grail itself.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2006
ISBN: 9780061214097
0061214094
9780061214110
0061214116
Call Number: eBook

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Jun 02, 2017

It can be difficult to take a reader convincingly into the middle ages - with enough historical detail to be authentic, but to keep the human interest. Cornwell can do both, walking a fine line between the earthiest and bloodiest details, and the action and intrigue of a more complicated 21st-century audience.
The first of a very strong (but brief) series of historical fiction by this prolific author.

M_ALCOTT Apr 26, 2014

The Archer's Tale is a really good medieval action packed adventure, that transports the reader to another time in history. The battle scenes, in this book, are descriptive and well written. There were times where I felt like I was thrown into the middle of the fighting,sacking, and bloodletting. That's just how good Cornwell's writing is.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

The first and best book in the trilogy.

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Mar 27, 2010

Bernard Cornwell writes historical fiction. His brand of historical fiction, at least in this book, is about as nail-biting and cliff-hanging as it gets. This book is definitely what one would call an action novel --- there's lots of blood; split skulls, gored knights and deflowered maidens --- the Hundred Years War's (between France and England) version of car chase scenes, AKGs and double-agents.This is a book you can't readily put down and when you do finish it, you'll go scurrying to the library for more.

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Feb 01, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: Detailed descriptions of medieval warfare.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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The first of a trilogy which revolves around Thomas, an archer in the Hundred Years War, and the search for the Holy Grail.

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