By Bernard Cornwell
In the 14th century, dark days fell on the Church as two popes, one in Rome and the other in Avignon, each supported by different political empires, struggled for supremacy. Hearing of a secret which may bring them victory, one side hired a mercenary to retrieve this priceless information. Thomas of Hookton is an English archer. When his village is sacked by raiders, he escapes and becomes an archer in the army of King Edward III. The King and his son are going to France with a great force of knights and men-at-arms, led by great lords. But it is the archers, the common men, who will decide the success or failure of the invasion.