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The Ill-Made Knight

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
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September 1356. Poitiers. The greatest knights of the age were ready to give battle. On the English side, Edward, the Black Prince, who'd earned his spurs at Crecy. On the French side, the King and his son, the Dauphin. With 12,000 knights. 

And then there is William Gold. A cook's boy who had once been branded as a thief. William dreams of being a knight, but in this savage new world of intrigue, betrayal and greed, first he must learn to survive. As rapacious English mercenaries plunder a country already ravaged by plague and the peasantry take violent revenge against the French knights who have failed to protect them, is chivalry any more than a boyish fantasy?

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Amazing in every way!<br />

This was such an enjoyable audio book I spent every moment I could listening to it.

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A good tale

A good tale name dropping some of the better known of the medival era. A good start for the first book in a series with lots happening. I wonder what's left for the following volumes.

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Entertaining

Good story well told. Lead character as the narrator is an excellent vehicle for the tale. Look forward to hearing more of the tale.

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  • chinakids
  • 20-09-2018

Well worth your time

I learned an enormous amount about the Hundred Years' War. At the same time, it's a well-written, engaging story with a likeable hero who you start rooting for almost immediately. I am told that the descriptions of fighting are accurate. There are occasional slight irritations with narration - pauses that are a little too long, accents that don't seem to match the character as written (I'm thinking of Fiore) - but on the whole the narration is very well done.
It's pretty clear that most of Europe was a terrible mess during this time and that the gulf between the rich and poor was enormous. It also seems that there was some social mobility, although not clear how much.
Highly recommended, especially if you like adventure as well as history.

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  • Joe
  • 15-04-2019

Good enough to finish, but just so.

The narrative jumps around a bit, and poor splices in the narration do not help.

The story and plot are fine, nothing special.

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  • Timbo
  • 15-04-2019

Outstanding

Superb story, interestingly set in a “fireside” tale style. Plenty of detail for history buffs and a great tale woven into this too. Very good narration, I highly recommend this ripping tale.

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  • Richard
  • 02-04-2019

Brilliant listen

Downloaded this as a change to my normal, it’s been a brilliant listen! I’ve downloaded the rest of the series!!! Can’t wait to start listening to the next one!

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  • Martin
  • 25-03-2019

Well done!

Damned fine story and damned well read. Par Deui I enjoyed it. Look forward to getting the next ones.