The Archer's Tale

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bernard Cornwell

Narrated By: Tim Pigott-Smith

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: January 2005

Duration: 6 hours 4 minutes

Summary:

At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal village of Hookton. To brave young Thomas, the only survivor, the horror of the attack is epitomized by the casual savagery of a particular black-clad knight. Thomas vows to avenge the murder of his townsmen and recapture a holy treasure that the black knight stole from the church. But Thomas must first make his way to France, so he joins the army of King Edward III as it is about to invade the continent and quickly becomes recognized as one of England's most deadly archers. When Thomas saves a young Frenchwoman from a bloodthirsty crowd, her father rewards his bravery by joining him in the hunt for the mysterious dark knight and the stolen holy relic. What begins as a search for vengance will soon prove the beginning of an even higher purpose: the quest for the Holy Grail itself.

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  • Michael Goshorn

    Bernard Cornwell has a unique gift in relating the social-political and environmental conditions that have been part of Britain's most famous battles. Mixed around the historical events are clever images of life from various perspectives. And then the quest for relics is always a plus to any story. Mr. Cornwell adds just the right amount of mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. The narrator Tim Pigott-Smith does an outstanding job. He does a variety of British and French accents, and keeps them all straight. He helps bring the story alive, and is a pleasure to listen too.