Ok this has just clicked for me
Used the summon bell and had someone join about 15 secs later, helping me kill CB (previous solo best was him down to about 20%). It seems a lot easier to understand the fight with someone with you, rather than him being in your face all the time and the camera being shit. A few bows and salutes later and I went from wanting to ebay it to wanting to get back to the sewers to sort out the rat infestation. I feel like I have accomplished something finally.
I feel like I'm dying a lot less and seem to of got into the rhythm of it now. i might actually leave the game for a bit though and wait until the patch fixes the frame rate and loading issues as they are my biggest annoyances
Also, the Kirkhammer that's for sale in the Hunters Dream, have I just unlocked that? Please don't tell me it's been there since the start?!!