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Plot[ edit ] Nicholas Hook, a forester and archer , feuds with Tom and Robert Perrill and their biological father, the priest Father Martin. He is compelled to participate in the hanging and burning of a community of Lollard heretics. One of them, an archer himself, asks Hook to protect his granddaughter, Sarah after he the condemned man is gone. But Father Martin decides to take the girl for himself, and in an unsuccessful attempt to shield her, Hook attacks the priest.

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Plot[ edit ] Nicholas Hook, a forester and archer , feuds with Tom and Robert Perrill and their biological father, the priest Father Martin. He is compelled to participate in the hanging and burning of a community of Lollard heretics. One of them, an archer himself, asks Hook to protect his granddaughter, Sarah after he the condemned man is gone. But Father Martin decides to take the girl for himself, and in an unsuccessful attempt to shield her, Hook attacks the priest.

Hook is then held for trial and anticipated execution. Hook escapes and joins an expedition to Soissons , in Burgundy , as a mercenary archer. Burgundy and France are in bitter conflict and the French attack, win easily, sack the town , and torture and kill the English archers as well as the loyal French citizens which shocks Europe. Hook manages to conceal himself in a house and save a local nun, Melisande, from rape.

Hook believes he is guided in their escape by the voices of Saints Crispin and Crispinian , the patron saints of Soissons. Later, he discovers she is the bastard child of the powerful French Lord Ghillebert, seigneur de Lanferelle called the "Lord of Hell". By returning alive from Soissons , and reporting the treachery of the English knight Sir Roger Pallaire, who conspired with the French and sacrificed his own archers, Hook earns good stead with his new lord, Sir John Cornewaille , and with King Henry V.

Hook returns to France serving under Cornewaille with the royal army to win Henry the crown of France. The campaign starts horrendously with the siege of the port of Harfleur. Sometime later Hook and Melisande are formally married. Henry, against the advice of his vassal lords , then decides to march his ragged army to Calais along the coast of France as a demonstration of his sovereignty and an insult to the French king.

Henry hangs Michael in public for the crime. To reach Calais, the English army must cross the River Somme. But the far larger French army blocks the fords and the two opposing armies meet at Azincourt , on the day of Ss. Crispin and Crispinian. Torrential rain soaks the newly ploughed land, turning it into a treacherous morass, especially for the French knights in full plate armour. There are natural obstacles on both sides that narrow down towards the English.

The French foolishly allow the English to advance within range of the English longbows. The English are ordered by Henry to hammer sharpened stakes into the ground, forming an impenetrable wall to repel the cavalry, Hook and Tom Perrill agree to end their feud until the battle is over believing they will both be killed by the French anyway.

The archers launch volleys as the French begin a difficult advance toward the English. The first attack is driven back by the English as they step back, behind the stakes and the French horses either bolt in terror or are impaled upon the deadly spikes. During the mayhem, Father Martin attempts to rape Melisande.

Melisande kills Martin using her crossbow. The English repel the second attack through a combination of their remaining arrows and the surprising skill of the archers in hand-to-hand combat. The French decline to launch a third attack and retire, leaving thousands of French dead, and many French lords in captivity. The English claim a famous victory, and Hook returns to England with Melisande and his prisoner the seigneur de Lanferelle who now accepts and approves of Hook.

The book was released on 1 October in the United Kingdom. The worldwide publication was in January Film adaptation[ edit ] As of [update] screenwriter Michael Hirst was said to be writing a screenplay based on the novel, with filming scheduled to begin in Daily Express.

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He is an author of historical novels and a illegitimate child of war. He began writing to support his family, and soon became known for his novels about the Napoleonic Wars, featuring the magnificent Richard Sharpe. Early Life Bernard Cornwell was born in London in , as a child of war. His father was an airman for the Canadian airforce. Later Cornwell was adopted by Mr. Wiggins of Thundersley, Essex.

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Contact Agincourt Agincourt Azincourt in French is one of the most famous battles ever fought; the victory of a small, despised, sick and hungry army over an enemy that massively outnumbered it. Azincourt, the novel coming soon, tells the story of that small army; how it embarked from England confident of victory, but was beaten down and horribly weakened by the stubborn French defence of Harfleur. By the end of that siege common-sense dictated that the army sail for home, but Henry V was stubbornly convinced that God was on his side and insisted on marching from Harfleur to Calais to prove that he could defy the great French army that was gathering to crush him. He believed he could evade that army, but the march, like the siege, went disastrously wrong and the English were trapped and so forced to fight against an enemy that outnumbered them six to one. Azincourt is the tale of Nicholas Hook, an archer, who begins the novel by joining the garrison of Soissons, a city whose patron saints were Crispin and Crispinian.

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Shelves: historical So I had high hopes for this one. I think I also hold Cornwell to a higher standard than most authors. For starters, our hero Nicholas Hook is kind of a bland guy but one that actually lived!

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