Vagabond

Vagabond

A Novel

Book - 2006
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From internationally bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Archer's Tale, in his acclaimed Grail Quest series, in which a young archer sets out to avenge his family's honor on the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail. 1347: a year of war and unrest. England's army is fighting in France, and its absence encourages the Scots to invade the old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, sent back to England to follow an ancient trail that suggests his family once owned the Holy Grail, instead becomes embroiled in the savage fight when the Scots come to Durham. Out of the horror he finds a new companion for the quest but also discovers a new and sinister enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor. All Europe wants the grail. Many may doubt it even exists, but no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom's most precious relic, and Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the Inquisitor and with Guy de Vexille, the mysterious black rider who murdered Thomas's father (in The Archer's Tale). Thomas appears to have an advantage in the race. His father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook that confirms the grail's existence and offers clues to where the relic might be hidden. But his rivals, inspired by a fanatical religious fervor, have their own advantage-the torture chamber of the Inquisition. Thomas, seeking help to decipher the book's cryptic pages, is delivered instead to his worst enemies. He finds refuge in Brittany, with Jeanette, the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the bloodiest and most desperate fights of the Hundred Years' War, the Battle of la Roche-Derrien, and amid the flames, arrows, and butchery of that night, he faces his enemies again.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2006
Edition: 1st Harper pbk
ISBN: 9780060935788
0060935782
Branch Call Number: Fiction Cor
Characteristics: 405 p. : map ; 21 cm

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Feb 01, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violence: Detailed description of medieval warfare.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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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.

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mariaf
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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