The year is 1346 and King Edward III is restless. Despite earlier victories his army has still not achieved a major breakthrough and the French crown remains intact. Determined to bring France under English rule and the French army to its knees he has regrouped and planned a new route of attack.
And on the beaches of Normandy his men now mass, ready to march through France to victory. But the French are nowhere to be seen. Edward knows that the worst thing he could do would be to take the battle to the French, where they will have the advantage and so he sets up camp near a small hill at Crecy and waits.
The Battle of Crecy will be a decisive turning point in the Hundred Years’ Wars. This is the story of that battle and the men who won it.
Michael Jecks has taken a departure from his famed Knights Templar to vividly transport the reader to the mid-fourteenth century in the Edwardian era of the Hundred Years’ War. Instead of his usual medieval murder mysteries, Jecks gives the reader a stellar historical military thriller in Fields of Glory, the first in his Vintener trilogy.
Impeccably researched and grippingly detailed, the tale follows Berenger Fripper and his unit of archers from their landing on the beaches of Normandy through the pillaging of French villages leading up to the Battle of Crécy. These were the days of the longbow and the infancy of gunpowder in the western world, and Jecks’s battle scenes are realistic and rousing. The setting and circumstances are grim and a brilliant glimpse into the harrowing conditions of war and life in the Middle Ages.
Fields of Glory is a tautly-plotted story filled with engaging characters. Jecks puts a face on the grisly, drawn-out war. His characters reiterate the timeless knowledge that soldiers are mere men, ordinary but made extraordinary by circumstance, bound by patriotism or duty, uncertain about the war others have embroiled them in, and all too human.
Highly recommended, particularly for those who enjoy adventure, military history, and stories set in the Hundred Years’ War