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The Hundred Years’ War is over and newly-knighted Sir John Hawkwood is headed for France to make his fortune as a freebooter. Violence and extortion are rife, and the freebooters will stop at nothing to capture the Papal City of Avignon.

This is only the beginning. Italy beckons, and with it, yet more battles against rival mercenaries, powerful cities and the Papal State.

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A plodding biography

To be honest, I’d probably have given up on this if I wasn’t such a fan of Peter Noble’s narration.

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  • aaron
  • 19-03-17

Another amazing story from jack ludlow!

Buy the book- you won't regret it! I love his writing style and eagerly await more books

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  • mekongcb7071
  • 22-09-20

Such an interesting character.

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Excellent historical fiction, very well researched. So many similarities to Bernard Cornwell characters. Model perhaps?

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  • bill
  • 08-03-20

loved it!!

14th Century Eiurope was a violent an unforgiving place. Sir John Hawkwood, after leaving the service or Edward the 3rd of England and saving the life of the Black Prince set out to make his fortune as a captain in the White Company. His adventures took him through France and Italy. making Hawkwood the most famous and respected mercenary of his day. Ludlow does a great job recreating what life was like during this time.

I recommend all of Ludlows work if you're a fan of this period.