Heretic

Heretic

Large Print - 2003
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Thomas of Hookton is a young man but already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army. His fearlessness and uncanny prowess with the longbow make him a natural leader in what will be remembered as the Hundred Years' War. But the dangers on the battlefield are small compared to those of his true quest -- a hunt for a mysterious relic rumored to be the Holy Grail. Accompanied by a small but able band of soldiers, Thomas travels to his ancestral home, only to find it ensnared in a murderous struggle for possession of the Grail. But it is the arrival of a mortal foe -- and the rumored discovery of the Grail itself -- that forces Thomas to make a choice of historic consequence.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLargePrint, 2003
ISBN: 9780060569983
0060569980
Characteristics: xii, 576 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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jazpur
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.

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zipread
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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zipread
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.

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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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Feb 01, 2011

Violence: Detailed descriptions of medieval warfare.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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