Hedyn held an old sheet iron helmet and a mail tunic up in the starlight to see them better. The breast of the mail bore a ragged hole. The mail was sticky. It took a moment for Hedyn to realize it was soaked in drying blood.
"A bascinet and hauberk?" he asked.
"Aye, you shall need these before the night is done."
Eager to see the world that lies beyond his small Cornish village, young Hedyn, son of an archer and serf, is thrilled to be chosen to join King Henry's army as it advances on Normandy. His excitement quickly gives way to exhaustion in body and spirit, as well as worry for the safety of his newfound friends and comrades. Treachery, disease, hunger, and death plague their steps as King Henry's men near their fateful battle with the French army at Agincourt. Can a mysterious stranger with a secretive past offer Hedyn hope amidst the horrors of battle?
Advanced Praise for The Archer's Son
Mr. Hubbs has written an engaging and exciting narrative. But he has done much more than that. He enriched his story with details that bring the early 1400s to life. Here are the taste, the smell, the look, and the feel of the Middle Ages as experienced by a young man who is making history - quite literally.
Nicky Hughes, retired curator of the Kentucky Military History Museum and the Capital City Museum, Frankfort, Kentucky.
M.E. Hubbs' second book is as entertaining and well written as his first – The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou. Set within the Medieval English and French landscape, the story has a perfect blend of action, adventure, and emotion. The colorful characters and dialog are accurately woven into the time period and the pace of the story makes it hard to put down. Although geared to middle school booklovers, I highly recommend The Archer’s Son to readers of all ages.
Paige M. Peyton, PhD - Author and Archaeologist.