Vagabond (Grail Quest #2)
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Harlequin, this is the second instalment in Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series.
In Harlequin, Thomas of Hookton travelled to France as an archer and there discovered a shadowy destiny, which linked him to a family of heretical French lords who sought Christendom's greatest relic.
Having survived the battle of Crécy, Tho...more
I love this series.
The search for the holy grail continues with Thomas Hookton, a character I instantly con ...more
It opens with the 1346 battle of Neville's Cross in Northern England, which is peripheral to the main plot of Thomas of Hockton's search for the grail which is supposedly under the control of his family and has been hidden by his dead father. It ends with the 1347 battle of La Roche-Derrien in Brittany between the forces of Charles of Blois and the English occ ...more
Bernard Cornwell is one of my favorite authors so please don't expect any kind of unbiased review here, I loved this book just like I love all his books. (According to GR I have read 22 of his books which puts him in 2nd place behind Stephen King.I don't think anyone will ever catch King.....)
This is the 2nd installment of the Grail Quest series and it takes place in France around 1350. Thomas of Hookton is an English archer and he's on a quest for, you guessed it, the Holy ...more
Género. Novela Histórica (por lo menos, su trasfondo).
Lo que nos cuenta. En otoño de 1346, Thomas, su mujer (que no esposa todavía desde la perspectiva más cristiana del asunto) embarazada y el padre Hobbe se encaminan hacia Durham tratando de seguir la pista del Grial, que Thomas desea con fervor que realmente exista. Pero no son los únicos y además una batalla, que transcurrirá entre la niebla, se está gestando. Segundo libro d ...more
It continues the exploits of Thomas of Hookton an English archer, who has already fought for king and country against the French at the battle of Crecy, in the first book. He continues the quest and ends up at varying times fighting the Scots, French, Bretons, his own cousin, the clergy and sometimes the Englis ...more
Voltamos a rever personagens do primeiro livro, bem como novos personagens, bastante interessantes, como é o caso do escocês Robbie, no entanto temos também algumas surpresas, pelas quais eu não esperava.
Acho que o ponto forte destes livros é a caracterização quase brutal das batalhas, em que parece que estamos no terreno a combater como Thomas. É também um livro muito mais movimentado, ou de ...more
There’s one part in this book I will never forget. I won’t say what it is, but I was truly scared for Thomas. It was so weird too, because here I’m reading this book ...more
The ending left me wanting more but I realize this is a series of books and am now anxious to read other books about Thomas Hookton's adventures in search of the Grail and the romance of archery (which ...more
Through the eyes of Thomas (the main character) I was able to create an image of what England was like during the gory battles of the 1300’s. Thomas was a young man whose village had been raided and he had been one of the few lucky enough to survive. After his dying father told him about the Holy Grail, he devoted the next few years of his life to finding both it, and the man who killed his father. Thomas was a very skilled archer who joined the army and was able to ...more
By far the best way to "read" this book is in the audio version narrated by Sean Barrett (available from audible.com). Mr Barrett's performance breathes gritty, wholesome life into the 14th century life of an archer.
More thoughts at http://pratalife.blogspot.com/2008/10...
This isn't some over-romanticized King Arthur version of history. Cornwell's depiction of life and death during the Middle Ages is so brutally honest that you can almost smell the blood and sweat of the battlefield.
I do like the main character – Thomas – and also his Jewish friend who has a passion for checking the colour of people’s urine. Jeanette is also an appealing character. Unfortunately she isn’t in this tale as much as the first one.
I would’ve rated this novel four stars but, ...more
This one is classic Bernard Cornwell.
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'Of course they can.'
'I should like to hear your reasons. But show me your urine first.'
'You said I was cured,' Thomas protested. 'Eternal vigilance, dear Thomas, is the price of health. Piss for me.”