E' la vigilia di Pasqua del 1342. Una banda di mercanti bretoni, capeggiati da Guillame d'Evecque e sotto l'egida del perfido Harlequin, dopo aver razziato il villaggio di Hookton, sulla costa meridionale dell'Inghilterra, penetra nella chiesa locale e si impadronisce di una preziosissima reliquia: la lancia con cui, secondo la leggenda, San Giorgio uccise il drago. Soddisfatti del saccheggio, i predoni fanno ritorno alle loro navi e a nulla vale il coraggio dimostrato dal giovane Thomas , che si è battuto strenuamente. Ma Thomas giura vendetta e promette a padre Ralph, rimasto mortalmente ferito nel tentativo di difendere la reliquia, di riportare la lancia nel luogo in cui per tanto tempo è stata amorevolmente custodita.
- ISBN: 8830419370
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 304
Alright...this is painful for me to admit but I have to just get over it and say that this was my first Cornwell disappointment. I initially gave it three stars in a generous spirit but in the cold morning light I see it differently. I've been aware of his tropes, cliches, formulas, repeated phrases Leggi tutto
Invigorating, fairly accurate for the times and gritty telling of the life of a medieval archer during the time of the Hundreds Year War (i.e. a name coined by historians much after the era). FYI: The Hundred Years War went on and off from 1337 to 1453 A.D. Basically, the best way to see this, witho Leggi tutto
How to describe this book I can only say that it's breath-taking and captivating, I loved it right from the first page. I can consider it already as one of my most favourite books, it's appropriate for all adult ages especially for those who love historical fiction. I literally couldn't put it down
A good start to another historical fiction series by a master of the craft, Bernard Cornwell! This one is set at the period that kicks off the Hundred Years War. There's also a personal family fight that ties in the Arthur legends. Lots of interesting details and some solid characters to follow too. Leggi tutto
The year is 1342, the English, led by Eduard to third devastate France. Their most powerful weapons are archers with long bows who are called Harlequin. Among them is Thomas of Hookton, the French troops killed his father who is the priest in village Hookton and ravaged the village. The French have
I haven't gotten deeply into any series by Mr. Cornwell since I went through a lot of the Sharpe books placed in/during the Napoleonic wars. These take place as the 100 Years War is getting under way. First I'll say this....Bernard Cornwell can really lay out the bloody, cruel, reality of the time. T Leggi tutto
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I even, after little consideration, went ahead and gave it 4 stars, surprising myself in the process. It wasn't until I sat down to do this review that I actually realised that, yes, I did really like it. I don't read Cornwell's Sharpe's series and am only interested
3.5 It's 14th century France during one of the most bloody stages of what historians would later call the 'Hundred years war'. To Thomas of Hookton, fighting his way through blood soaked battle-fields and razed villages, the ideals of chivalry and the quest for the holy grail seem a long way away. W Leggi tutto
My Ancient & Medieval History group constantly raves about the works of Bernard Cornwell. Harlequin, or The Archer's Tale , was my first B.C. read and I now understand the reverence and praise the group gives to Mr. Cornwell. He writes historical fiction. One of the most respectful words I can spea
There are parts of this book that are fast-paced and exciting ... unfortunately they are too far separated by rather boring sections where the characters are not developed enough to create an emotional attachment ... I remember liking Cornwell's writing ... but not this time
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