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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Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and, most recently, The Burning Land; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.From AudioFile:
Thomas of Hookton, master archer during the Hundred Years War, embarks on a quest for the Holy Grail, which is supposedly in Gascony in his family's ancestral castle of Astarac. While on his quest, he meets Genevieve, who is accused of heresy and sentenced to be burned at the stake. Thomas must fight his numerous enemies, including the Church, in his quest for truth and honor, and Genevieve becomes part of his merry band. Tim Pigott-Smith performs this bloody tale of war and deception with captivating accents and entrancing narration, never forgetting the nation or rank of the speaker. He effortlessly switches from French to English and back again. Thomas's adventures are not for the faint of heart, but neither was this time in history. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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