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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the number one bestseller Vagabond, this is the third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series. In 1347 the English capture Calais and the war with France is suspended by a truce.But for Thomas of Hookton, the hero of Harlequin and Vagabond, there is no end to the fighting. He is pursuing the grail, the most sacred of Christendom's relics, and is sent to his ancestral homeland, Gascony, to engineer a confrontation with his deadliest enemy, Guy Vexille. Once in the south country Thomas becomes a raider, leading his archers in savage forays that will draw his enemy to his arrows. But then his fortunes change. Thomas becomes the hunted as his campaign is destroyed by the church. With only one companion, a girl condemned to burn as a heretic, Thomas goes to the valley of Astarac where he believes the grail was once hidden and might still be concealed, and there he plays a deadly game of hide and seek with an overwhelming enemy. Then, just as Thomas succeeds in meeting his enemy face to face, fate intervenes as the deadliest plague in the history of mankind erupts into Europe. What had been a landscape of castles, monasteries, vineyards and villages, becomes death's kingdom and the need for the grail, as a sign of God's favour, is more urgent than ever.
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins
Copyright Date: ♭2003
ISBN: 9780007338801
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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May 24, 2015

Bernard Cornwell's feeling for history and his ability to make it come alive through his stories is outstanding. This final in the Grail series fully lived up to my expectations.

Jul 16, 2010

This novel has everything we've come to expect of a Cornwell novel. Thomas of Hookton is on the trail of the holy grail. HBe is set upon by many enemies --- worst of all, his dark cousin Guy of Vexille --- of that branch of the Vexilles expelled from the south of France for heresy. They are reputed to have taken the grail with them and as a Vexille himself, Thomas the archer, our protagonist and hero is in danger because Guy Vexille is certain Thomas has the grail or at the ery least knows of its whereabouts.
Lot's of violence, blood, dismemberment and other goodies including an episode where Thomas comes to attention of the Inquisition.
A real page-turner.

Jun 27, 2010

The setting for this novel is, once again France in the thirteenth or fourteenth century.And as far as I'm concerned, this is vintage Cornwell featuring my favourite Cornwell hero, Thomas of Hookton. Once again, Thomas, an archer, earns his keep pursuing the holy grail in France. There is a medium amount of fighting, swash-buckling, pillaging, plundering and raping. The scale of the conflict is not like that featured in the clashing of armies of hundreds of thousand of men --- Like Waterloo, for example --- the fighting is much more man to man than that.
A is frequently the case in Cornwell's ovels, there are a lot of terms to boost your vocabulary (not to mention the Latin) : destrier, beghard, pavises, cibation not to mention Phlogiston.
For the first time in my reading of Cornwell's novels, the love-interest lady of the tale is not killed off before he end of the novel.
The ending comes as somewhat of a surprise --- Cornwell introduces a new protagonist to this novel.
If you've read the other novels featuring Thomas of Hookton this one won't. disappoint --- it's a page turner.

Feb 03, 2009

Continuing story of Thomas of Hookton, the Archer -- set in the 100 year war --
This quickly becomes the hunt for the Grail...
such a good story -- I could not put it down -I read all three books in a heartbeat (or so it seemed) I want more.


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Feb 01, 2011

Violence: Detailed descriptions of medieval warfare.

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