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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (9 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: 9780060784492
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1347 is a year of war and unrest. England's army is fighting in France, encouraging the Scots to invade their old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, send back to England to follow an ancient trail which 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 enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor.

All Europe want the grail. Many may doubt it 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' father.

Thomas' father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook which confirms the grail's existence and offers clues to where it might be hidden. But his rival have the advantage of 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 the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the most desperate fights of the Hundred Years' War, the battle of la Roche-Derrien and, amidst the flames, arrows and butchery of that night he faces his enemies again.

Performed by Tim Pigott-Smith.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another typically excellent Cornwell work.”

    VOYA

  • “Cornwell is meticulous about historical facts and period detail, and his descriptions of butchery with arrow, mace and battleaxe are nothing if not convincing. As expected, the book culminates with battlefield slaughter on an epic scale. Cornwell fans will eat this up.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An extremely well-written novel, grounded in actual historic events. As in the Sharpe books, Cornwell's battle scenes are particularly memorable…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “There will be torture, siege, and treachery. Historically accurate and huge fun. Vintage Cornwell.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 3/20/2011

    " A stunning next chapter in the Grail series. We find ourselves in the north of England outside Durham with Thomas in search of answers to the mysteries left from his father about the Holy Grail. An exciting read full of action and twists. Yet the story continues... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sho | 3/19/2011

    " 2nd of the Grail Quest series. Quite liked the first one, so I'll give this one a whirl. (and I have part 3 ready and waiting to be read)
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/14/2011

    " As good as Harlequin with good battle scenes at both ends of book with a lot of intrigue thrown in with Thomas's search for clues to finding the Grail. Look forward to Reading heretic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/9/2011

    " Strong action, good characterization and period flavor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 1/24/2011

    " 2nd in the series about Thomas Hookton in the 14th Century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lo Rez Skyline | 12/17/2010

    " Not as action packed as the first book in the series but still entertaining and typical Bernard Cornwell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 11/30/2010

    " This historical novel, the second of the Grail Quest trilogy, brings to life the horrible and brutal fighting in England and France during the Hundred Years War. Not for the faint-hearted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2010

    " A soldiers journey on a holy quest leads him with friends to so many differnt places, many battles with other armies and holy men. The bonds he makes with his commarades is strong enough to endure anything. A truly wonderful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 8/2/2010

    " So far, more of the same. But it moves quickly. "

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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 an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.