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HarperCollins, 2001 - Archers - 484 pages
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In the 14th century, dark days fell on the Church as two popes, one in Rome and the other in Avignon, each supported by different political empires, struggled for supremacy. Hearing of a secret which may bring them victory, one side hired a mercenary to retrieve this priceless information.

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

Set in the mid-fourteenth century, during the early stages of the Hundred Years War between England and France, Bernard Cornwell recreates the battle scenes so vividly that you'd think he'd witnessed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tess_Elizabeth - LibraryThing

This was the first Cornwell book I ever read and I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't happen for me. I didn't find any of the characters particularly relatable, or even likeable for that ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, England, on February 23, 1944, and came to the United States in 1980. He received a B.A. from the University of London in 1967. Cornwell served as producer of the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1969-1976. After this he was head of current affairs for BBC-TV in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1979 he became editor of television news for Thames Television of London. Since 1980 he has been a freelance writer. he lives with his wife on Cape Cod. Cornwell's Sharpe series, adventure stories about a British soldier set in the Peninsula War of 1808-1814, are built on the author's interest in the Duke of Wellington's army. Titles include Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Regiment, and Sharpe's Waterloo. The Last Kingdom series has ten books. Book ten, The Flame Bearer is on the bestsellers list. He has also written other works including Wildtrack, Killer's Wake, Sea Lord, Stormchild, Rebel, Copperhead, and Battle Flag. His title Death of Kings made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 and In 2014 his title The Pagan Lord made the list again.

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