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Having spent three years fighting in the Hundred Years' War, archer Thomas of Hookton continues his search for the Holy Grail but discovers that his homeland has been torn by deadly rivalries, religious conflicts, and the Black Death.


From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the sequel to The Archer’s Tale and Vagabond—the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family’s honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas's father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to be burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas an infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom.

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Having spent three years fighting in the Hundred Years War, young archer Thomas of Hookton continues his search for the Holy Grail but instead discovers that his homeland has been torn by deadly rivalries, religious conflicts, and the black plague. (Historical Fiction)

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLargePrint, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed., Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780060569983
Characteristics: xii, 576 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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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.

Feb 01, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Feb 01, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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