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Harper, 2009 - Archers - 435 pages
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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 confrontati- on 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.

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User Review  - Carl_Alves - LibraryThing

In The Heretic, Thomas of Hookton is searching for the Holy Grail using mysterious links between his family and the Grail. This leads him to the French country side where he and his men take a castle ... Read full review

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

“Heretic” struck me as very different to the first two books in the Grail series. A couple of episodes did draw me in but on the whole I found it lacking. I do like the main character – Thomas – but ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and

worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his

American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a

novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy

divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South


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