Bernard Cornwell is famous for writing historical fiction. Author of 59 books, including his famous Richard Sharpe series (which I will read someday), Cornwell has earned and kept his reputation as master storyteller.
Nicholas Hook is a selfish scoundrel until Sarah is martyred. When King Henry summons his archers to London, Hook assists in the public execution of Lollards. An old man asks Hook to save his granddaughter, Sarah, a 13 year-old “angel” (p. 22).