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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grail Quest Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060784485
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At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal village of Hookton. To brave young Thomas, the only survivor, the horror of the attack is epitomized by the casual savagery of a particular black-clad knight. Thomas vows to avenge the murder of his townsmen and recapture a holy treasure that the black knight stole from the church. But Thomas must first make his way to France, so he joins the army of King Edward III as it is about to invade the continent and quickly becomes recognized as one of England's most deadly archers.

When Thomas saves a young Frenchwoman from a bloodthirsty crowd, her father rewards his bravery by joining him in the hunt for the mysterious dark knight and the stolen holy relic. What begins as a search for vengance will soon prove the beginning of an even higher purpose: the quest for the Holy Grail itself.

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  • “Cornwell [is] a consummate pro when it comes to plying the tried-and-true combination of heroic characters; a fast-moving, action-packed plot; and enough twists and turns to keep the narrative from lapsing into formula. He uses his historical expertise judiciously as well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tim Piggott-Smith reads the narrative crisply, his voice shifting tone with each action and thought, from the tension of the battle scenes to Thomas’ joy for archery.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Cornwell, one of the undisputed masters of historical battle fiction and author of the bestselling Richard Sharpe series, spins an irresistible tale of honor and revenge set on the brink of the Hundred Years’ War...Authentically detailed and appropriately gruesome, the medieval battle scenes fairly crackle with tension...what sets Cornwell’s work apart from most run-of-the-mill military adventures are his meticulously developed story lines and...razor-sharp characterizations.”

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  • “Cornwell has crafted an extremely well-written novel...As in the Sharpe books, Cornwell’s battle scenes are particularly memorable...attention is paid to fascinating secondary characters and the roles they play in the political, religious, and social arenas of the time. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Another top effort from one of today’s truly great storytellers.”

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About the Author
Author Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Tim Pigott-Smith is a British classical stage and television actor.  He has narrated everything from Wilbur Smith's adventure works, Triumph of the Sun and Blue Horizon to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic The Brothers Karamazov, for which he received an AudioFile Earphones Award. He was an Audie finalist for Professor Joanna Burke’s 2006 original works Eyewitness: 1940-1949, Eyewitness: 1950-1959 and Eyewitness: 1960-1969.

 

Pigott-Smith performed in Broadway in Sherlock Holmes as well as opposite such British stars as Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Geraldine James, and Patrick Stewart. He has appeared in a host of Shakespearean classics on television including Henry IV, Part I and Measure for Measure as well as in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, Downton Abbey, and The Hour.  His many film credits include Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Bloody Sunday, and Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York.