Harlequin (Grail Quest #1)
Harlequins are lost souls, so loved by the devil that he would not take them to hell, but left them to roam the earth. In French, the word is hellequin – the name given to the English archers who crossed the Channel to lay waste the towns and countryside.
In the fourteenth century the English were just beginning to discover their national identity, and one of the strongest...more
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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 oth ...more
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 murder....not so casual murder...revenge, "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. P ...more
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, ex ...more
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 ...more
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 Wikipedia search can show you whether ...more
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 we ...more
Recommendation for fans of medieval fantasy but don't expect any wizard to show up and save the day :)
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.
Eu fui avisado e não tive como fugir disso: Bernard Cornwell vicia muito! Depois de ler As Crônicas Saxônicas, do mesmo autor, praticamente me senti na obrigação de ler essa série, tão bem falada pelos leitores. E ainda bem que eu não me arrependi nem um pouco, pois a escrita continua única e excepcional, digna de um best-seller.
A história se passa durante a famosa Guerra dos Cem Anos, em pleno século XIV. Thomas de Hookton é um rapaz de 18 anos perit ...more
There's an almost pantomime villain, inevitably fighting on the hero's own side rather than against him; some fe ...more
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 more than a few near death experienc ...more
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 Fre ...more
Radnja je napeta, ne samo zbog toga što Thomas iz jedne bitke ulazi ravno u drugu, već i zbog toga što on usput slijedi i put svoje zakletve i svako malo doznaje nešto novo i neočekivano u vezi Harlekina i ...more
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. T ...more
Como o romance histórico é um dos meus géneros preferidos, resolvi começar com esta trilogia de Bernard Cornwell.
Gostei da escrita, da forma como a narrativa flui, como aparecem as personagens (algumas reais, outras fictícias) e do modo como ao ler o romance somos transportados para uma época de cavaleiros e guerras.
As descrições das batalhas não têm filtros. São duras, cruéis e sangrentas - embora não seja uma pessoa susceptível fiquei enjoada com algumas atrocidade ...more
The main character is Thomas of Hookton, an English archer in the English Army fighting in Brittany, which is ravishing the French countryside in an effort to subdue the Bretons and the French king, as well as raping, pillaging and destroying the local economy through wrecking and burning everything they do not steal.
Thomas has sworn to avenge the death of hi ...more
This is very muscular writing, not at all Phillipa Gregory with her fabrics and textures a ...more
Thomas de Hookton é um jovem inglês, que vive numa aldeia junto ao mar que é bruscamente invadida pelos franceses, que provocam uma enorme ...more
A escrita de Bernard Cornwell não tem nada que possamos classificar como único ou transcendente. O estilo dele é simples, mas é essa simplicidade que torna os seus livros tão empolgantes. Ele não perde muito tempo com descrições desnece ...more
He did a great job with the characters ... and the anticipation during confrontations had me holding my br ...more
As a reader, I get the feeling that if I were to read The Archer's Tale in first person form, I'd have a hard time differentiating Thomas from Uhtred. That's not necessarily a cri ...more