Sep 26, 2020
The Archer's Tale
Posted by Bernard Cornwell

From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperback the first book in the Grail Series a spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family s honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal EFrom New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperback the first book in the Grail Series a spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family s honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail 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 vengeanc

  • Title: The Archer's Tale
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780060935764
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Archer s Tale From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell now available in paperback the first book in the Grail Series a spellbinding tale of a young man a fearless archer who sets out wanting to av

    A Bald Mage** Steve

    via GIPHY The world is rotting The Church is corrupt and Kings are weak We have it in our power, Sir Simon, to make a new world, loved by God, but to do it we must destroy the old We must take power ourselves, then give the power to God That is why we fight It s nice to be back after a few days off for Christmas but now I ve recharged my batteries and my reading cap is in full force.I have been wanting to read this book for a while, but with so many books being given to me to review lately I hav [...]


    Nate

    Alrightis 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 and stuff like that since my second book of his The Pale Horseman and it literally either been utterly irrelevant to my enjoyment of his novels so I can t just blame my wishy washy reception to this book on [...]


    StoryTellerShannon

    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, without me waxing eloquent or turning this into a term paper is view this as a fight between two distant cousins who both had a claim to the French throne i.e their ancestors had been married to each other at on [...]


    Mike (the Paladin)

    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 This book isn t for anyone with a weak constitution Be prepared for the casual cruelty of humans Rape, pillage, rapine, casual murdert so casual murder.nge, Fencing Fighting Torture Poison True love Hate Rev [...]


    Terri

    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 in reading books of his such as the Saxon Series, Stonehenge the Warlord Chronicles This is the first in the Grail Quest series The other two are Vagabond and Heretic Here in Australia, this book is publ [...]


    Conor

    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 When his village was slaughtered by French soldiers Thomas joined the English army fighting in France in the hopes of finding justice Instead he found himself trying to survive amidst brutal raids, exhaust [...]


    Kimber

    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 writeshistoricalfiction One of the most respectful words I can speak when referring to a writer in this genre is Realistic Harlequin is definitely Realistic If you like books about Kings and Courtiers, Belles and Balls, Romance and Chivalry this isNOTthe book for you Thomas of [...]


    Kaora

    Many battles have been fought, people slaughtered, churches robbed, souls destroyed, young women and virgins deflowered, respectable wives and widows dishonored towns, manors and buildings burned, and robberies, cruelties and ambushes committed on the highways.This book is not for the faint of heart It is a look into the horrors or war and while extremely well written, it was difficult for me at times.Mainly because I couldn t find a character I liked Both sides, the English and the French were [...]


    Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    Probably about 1 and 1 2 stars.Writing adequate.Characters flat The villains are only villains because they are villains, and because the plot requires that there be villains Actually, almost everyone does things only because the plot requires that they do them.I shall not be reading the remaining volumes in the trilogy, or, I suspect, anything else by Bernard Cornwell.


    Patremagne

    Having been a big fan of historical fiction for as long as I can remember, I m ashamed to admit this is my first Cornwell novel Judging by how much I enjoyed Harlequin, it s definitely not going to be my last.Cornwell seamlessly blends historical fact and fiction and is one of the few historical fiction authors who stays as close to history as possible, but also makes these minor tweaks to it so that the story becomes, in a way, unpredictable Sure, a quick search can show you whether or not the [...]


    Amanda

    This was a good book just not a great one for me Maybe it would have been great if I had read it on paper instead of listening to the audio version Trying to squeeze reading time out of every moment possible had me listening at times that I ended up being a bit distracted like the pre rush hour hustle and bustle on the road which has left me missing little bits and pieces Thomas is also no Uhtred I ll probably continue the series eventually, but might try my hand at audiobooks on a different gen [...]


    Stjepan Cobets

    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 stolen relic Spear St George that his father kept in the church Here Thomas kills his first enemy and decides to take revenge on the French, and returns the stolen spear Connects to the army as an archer [...]


    Vaelin

    This was my first foray into Bernard Cornwells novel and I can easily say it will not be my last All the reviews that praise his historical research and subsequent translation into an entertaining story are spot on The battle scenes were gritty, foul and horrific.t an ounce of sugar coating to be seenRecommendation for fans of medieval fantasy but don t expect any wizard to show up and save the day


    HBalikov

    Cornwell is one of the best writer s of historical fiction If you saw Henry V and wondered what the life of average people was all about, this book is grounded in day to day life It is also a story about the wars of the period and what we rationalize is ok to do to our enemy It is a good read in itself and has two other books that carry on the story.


    Vagner Stefanello

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Eu fui avisado e n o tive como fugir disso Bernard Cornwell vicia muito Depois de ler As Cr nicas Sax nicas, do mesmo autor, praticamente me senti na obriga o de ler essa s rie, t o bem falada pelos leitores E ainda bem que eu n o me arrependi nem um pouco, pois a escrita continua nica e excepcional, digna de um best seller.A hist ria se passa durante a famosa Guerra dos Cem Anos, em pleno s culo XIV Thomas de Hookton um rapaz de 18 anos perito no uso [...]


    Gretchen

    Bernard Cornwell has done his research I will give him all due credit for that The detail he uses in describing events like the taking of Caen and the battle of Crecy prove Cornwell is a man who has done his research Here is an author who can retell an epic battle like no other However, I question his ability to tell a story The Archer s Tale starts with what most historians consider the beginning of the Hundred Years War between England and France It tells of how the English took the French cit [...]


    Graham

    HARLEQUIN is the first of Bernard Cornwell s Grail Quest trilogy, and I m only coming to it now having read most of his other work like all the Sharpe and Uhtred books The first thing that becomes apparent is that this is the most formulaic of his novels, as he seems to throw in most of the plot ideas he learnt in the Sharpe books, merely supplanting them into a Middle Ages setting.There s an almost pantomime villain, inevitably fighting on the hero s own side rather than against him some female [...]


    Ed

    I am constantly surprised, though I shouldn t be, at Cornwell s ability to re create an historical era.In this story, also titled Harlequin in its British Edition the first of The three book Grail series, Thomas of Hookton, becomes an archer in the army of Edward the 2nd at the beginning of the Hundred Year s war between England and France mid 14th century In typical Cornwell style, Thomas overcomes his low birth he s the bastard son of a priest and than a few near death experiences to become a [...]


    Cheryl

    Abandoning this one Too violent and bloody for me Rapes happen ALOT So many battle scenes Just not my kind of book.


    A.L. Sowards

    I loved that this book was so rich with history It really brought the Battle of Crecy to life and the other battles too, but that was the big one The writing was good, the pacing was good, the history was excellent I liked how the main character grew as the story went along, and the battle scenes were awesome Probably not a book to hand to teenagers profanity, violence, and non detailed rape and sex , but I m hooked enough to read the next book.


    Maria Myers

    I heard Bernard Cornwell interviewed on NPR last year sometime, and he was very entertaining He had a funny and cute irreverence I had hoped my college history professors would have none of them did At the time, R was also complaining about how boring her European history class was, specifically, the Hundred Year s War I thought I d try this out to see if I could recommend it to her The history I remember best comes mostly from reading historical novels, and the follow up reading I did to check [...]


    Felipe Barnabé

    Excelente As descri es de batalhas do in cio da guerra dos cem anos que o autor faz s o sensacionais Enredo muito bom.


    Učitaj se!

    Povijesna trilogija Bernarda Cornwella prati Thomasa od Hooktona, fikcionalnog lika engleskog strijelca, kroz neke od prvih bitaka izme u engleske i francuske vojske, za koje se kasnije ispostavilo da su bile samo uvod u ono to e postupno prerasti u Stogodi nji rat izme u ovih dviju zemalja.Radnja je napeta, ne samo zbog toga to Thomas iz jedne bitke ulazi ravno u drugu, ve i zbog toga to on usput slijedi i put svoje zakletve i svako malo doznaje ne to novo i neo ekivano u vezi Harlekina i ukrad [...]


    Susie

    This is an excellent historical novel covering the period at the very beginning of the Hundred Years War, mostly being the tale of one archer involved, ending with the Battle of Cr cy.It is only the second book I ve ever read by Cornwell, although that first definitely put him on my favourites list He likes to do his research, even listing at the end his main sources for historical reference and inspiration He specifically points out that he didn t include much chivalry, because on the battlefie [...]


    Beth Cato

    This is my first book by Bernard Cornwell, who is a rather prolific historical fiction writer across various time periods return return The Archer s Tale begins in the village of Hookton on the English coast There, the lance of St George was kept safely in the rafters of the church until one day when Frenchmen raided the town and stole the lance The only surviving villager is a young man, Thomas, the protagonist of the story His journey leads him into France at the beginning of the Hundred Year [...]


    Meghan

    I loved this book It captivated my attention in the first few pages and afterwards I found myself reading it every second I had to In fact, I haven t picked my kindle up since I started it because nothing on there seemed as important to me as finishing this book I read the majority of it yesterday being lazy instead of doing things that needed to be done That s how into this book I was He did a great job with the characters and the anticipation during confrontations had me holding my breath a co [...]


    Hana

    This is sort of a two and a half star book and I did not finish it Like Agincourt it is violent, bloody, laced with crude language Cornwell Bernard knows how to move a story along at a brisk airport read pace, but there is a sameness to his characters and plots I ll put up with the violence, etc if a story seems to be going someplace worthwhile, but this one was just formulaic and rather crass I sort of appreciated Agincourt since I was interested in this pivotal battle of the Hundred Years War, [...]


    Cameron

    Great book Excellent historical accuracy and character development Loved the history and story Great details even down to armor and household objects I ve never read an author who mentioned that the characters hated the rain because it made the leather hauberk feel clammy I loved it Cornwall s main characters have a way of having a revolving door of women but at least they re interesting characters The battles were super well written and used the historical details to paint great full landscapes [...]


    Pamela

    A stirring historical novel that follows archer Thomas of Hookton across 14th century France in a series of adventures that culminates in the bloody battle of Crecy Cornwell offers us a rough and ready hero, some memorable secondary characters, black hearted villains, and exciting battle scenes that capture the fury and chaos of medieval warfare The style is pacy and straightforward, as suits the subject matter I was completely engrossed in the descriptions of life in the castles and camps The f [...]


    Tamra

    Very brutal and bloody but fascinating descriptions of medievil warfare and strategy Set in the 1340s and one can easily understand why a hundred years later the Pope outlawed both bows and crossbows Though, admittedly, only against Christains Book one of a Grail Quest , but nobody is searching for the Grail in this book In fact, to say that the title s archer is exceedingly reluctant to do so is putting it mildly He s quite happily killing and maiming his way through the battles that lead up to [...]



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