Titling a novel with the year in which it is set presumes that the reader is aware of the historical event _ 476, the fall of the Roman Empire; 1215, Magna Carta; 1588, the defeat of the Spanish Armada; 1775, the American Revolution; 1789, the French Revolution; 1814, Waterloo; 1939, Hitler's invasion of Poland; 1941, Pearl Harbour. But 1356... with how many people does it ring a bell ?
1356 by Bernard Cornwell, 385 pp, 2012 HarperCollins paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 650 baht.
Brit Bernard Cornwell, whose historical novels are critically and popularly acclaimed, makes a convincing case for regarding it famously. Like Crecy previously and Agincourt afterwards, the Battle of Poitiers was a decisive English victory over the French during the 100 Years' War.
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