Bernard Cornwell is a master of combining a thumping good tale with a fascinating history lesson, a formula that tends to land him squarely on The New York Times bestseller list. His newest action-packed novel, 1356, comes out on January 8 and is, not surprisingly, about the year 1356. More specifically, it’s about the Battle of Poitiers, which the London-born Cornwell claims was one of the more decisive but lesser known battles during the 100 Years War between France and England. (His previous novel, Agincourt, is about a far more storied battle during that long war.)
Here’s a video of the author discussing the world of 1365: Edward, Prince of Wales (the Black Prince) is engaging in a brutal method of warfare against the French, and both sides are enmeshed in a quest to find the legendary lost sword of Saint Peter, which is believed to have mystical powers.
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