Longsword (IV) by David Pilling, More Visual (Illustrator), Erica Mills : The Hooded Men
English | 2019 | Historical Fiction | ePUB | 275 Kb
Longsword : England, 1273 AD.
Henry III is dead. The new king, Edward I, is thousands of miles away in the Holy Land. In his absence, old enemies plan to shatter the fragile peace and plunge England into another civil war. Robert Ferrers, the outlawed Earl of Derby and Edward’s bitter enemy, raises the standard of revolt. He gathers an army of outlaws and secretly dreams of seizing the crown itself.
Hugh Longsword arrives home in disgrace after his failure to protect Edward from an assassin’s blade. He is given one chance to redeem himself and sent to investigate disturbances in northern England. The scale of the conspiracy soon becomes apparent as Hugh encounters enemies old and new: Sir John d’Eyvill, the outlaws of Sherwood, and a mysterious knight who calls himself the King of the North Wind.
Longsword IV: The Hooded Men is the latest historical adventure novel by David Pilling, author of Reiver, Soldier of Fortune, The Half-Hanged Man, Caesar’s Sword and many more novels and short stories.
“The Gascons swung into action with impressive discipline. At the sound of a horn, they shouldered their crossbows and marched confidently down the hill. Hugh watched them flow past. When the last file had gone by, he jogged after them, eager to be in at the kill.
Fighting still raged outside Chesterfield’s southern gate. There was a lull when trumpets screamed out their song, and the royalist horse turned and cantered back to their own lines. The rebels, a handful of bloody and battered survivors, were left exposed.
The Gascons halted to load their weapons. This was awkward and time-consuming. Each man placed his foot into the metal stirrup at the front, drew the string into a belt-mounted hook and straightened, drawing the string into position.”