Bowman of Crecy

Bowman of Crecy

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Set in the 14th century, this novel follows Hugh Fletcher and his band of outlaws who live in the forests on the English-Welsh border. Hugh is offered a commission in Sir John Carey's company to take part in King Edward III's campaign against France, culminating in the Battle of more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 132 x 212 x 16mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0192717464
  • 9780192717467

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Outlawed or fugitive from the feudal world of fourteenth century England, a loosely united group of men and families live in the forest. Young Hugh Fletcher wins the leadership of the band in combat with the former chief and organizes it into a well-disciplined unit, loyal, fearless, and respected (but still horse thieves). A daring rescue of two comrades from the castle of a cruel lord, the making of a perfect bow, the winning of a marksmanship contest at the fair all move toward the moment of decision for the restless Hugh, who, having never lived outside the forest, joins the war against France and leads his bowmen across the Channel. The battle at Crecy is won by the power of their long-bow, used for the first time in war. Swift characterization, sharply defined back-drops, fast-moving action, no-nonsense dialogue: a rousing round Robin Hood tale with a peppering of history and lots of salt. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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