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The Twelve Children of Paris (Tannhauser Trilogy #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Paris, August 23rd, 1572.

What do you do when your wife disappears?

In the middle of the bloodiest massacre in European history?

And you know she is about to give birth to your only child?

Three wars of religion have turned Paris into a foetid cauldron of hatred, intrigue and corruption. The Royal Wedding, intended to heal the wounds, has served only to further poison the fana
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Jonathan Cape (first published 2012)
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Kristen McDermott
I'm really conflicted about this one. I loved The Religion, and this sequel has many of its good qualities -- a macabre sense of humor, memorable, surprising characters, and a keen sense of period values and morals. The premise -- that Mattias becomes increasingly encumbered by brave, precocious, endangered children in his quest to navigate the labyrinth of Paris and rescue his very pregnant wife -- is compelling, sometimes hilarious, and touching without being overly sentimental. The story is c ...more
Robin Carter

When I first heard about this book, the first thing I did was email and ask for a review copy, by ask I mean beg. Apparently after taking pity on me for my pitiful email or just to stop me emailing any-more Tim’s publicist sent me a copy.
There are two reasons I wanted to read this book so badly.
1) This book while in my favourite genre, takes me well outside my comfort zone. It is so much more visually detailed that my usual read.
2) Tim Willocks last book Religion was so good and so long ag
Jonathan Trinder
First things first - I like Willocks. I went to the trouble to write a positive review of The Religion on Amazon, responding to someone who described it as a mere 'bodice-ripper'. I thought it was a beautifully written action novel about a man who starts out interested mostly in profit and women, and ends up caring more about family. I was really looking forward to this sequel.

Alas, I've been a little let down. Twelve Children has its moments, but they're matched by problems. To wit - its length
I've waited years for this,the return of Matthias Tannhauser. If I'd lived in the middle ages the last thing I'd want to do is upset this one man army but some people never learn. What I love about Tim Willocks books is not just the violence,and believe me there's loads of it,it's the way he conjurs up the sights and smells of the world he describes. This isn't your usual wham,bam historical romp. It's so much more than that. I loved it so much,if I hadn't had a queue of people waiting to read i ...more
Nathan Flamank
Best novel of 2013 so far...

This stunning sequel to the epic that was THE RELIGION continues in the same hard, bloody vein.

Set in Paris in 1572 during one of Europe's bloodiest massacres never has so much blood been spilt by one man as he searches for his wife through the ravaged streets of a stinking Paris. Every page drips visceral imagery; the descriptions of the cesspit that was Paris at that time is a million miles from any image you may have had in your own mind prior to reading this novel
Tom Richards
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endless gore interspersed with fascinating and wry ruminations of the great Mattias Tannhauser. I enjoyed Willocks' black humor and philosophy that living exactly in the moment is enough (though I truly doubt anyone would agree that a moment of true knowledge of the world is enough to prepare one for death). However, the historical premise of St Bartholomew's Day Massacre was slim to support a 700 page tome like this, and the unrelieved killing was not enough balanced by historical interest or s ...more
Jo Barton
Set in Paris in 1572, the story focuses on the quest by Mattias Tannhauser to find his wife, Carla, who has disappeared. Without knowing Mattias arrives in Paris on St Bartholomew’s Eve and is unwillingly drawn into one of the bloodiest massacres in European history.

This book is a sequel to Tim Willcocks' previous book, The Religion, and whilst some of the characters are the same, this is an entirely different story, but is no less powerful. There is the same fine attention to historic detail, a
Mattias Tannhauser returns in this epic tale of death, debauchery and dogged persistence as he seeks to find, against all odds and amid the carnage of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of French Huguenots, his heavily pregnant wife, Carla, who is the houseguest of a prominent Huguenot noble woman.

Carla had accepted an invitation to the wedding of the King of France’s sister, Marguerite Valois, to the latter’s cousin, Henri Bourbon; an event having taken place some days before the fatal day of t
c2013: Huguenots, grotesque, massacre, Yards, anarchy. This is a really violent book with the main protagonist killing more people in less time than Rambo. Having started with the second book in the trilogy, I am not sure of the motivation of Tannhauser although there were enough hints to sort of fathom it out. I found the book a little strange as far as the pacing goes. Sometimes, it was all go, go go and then a couple of pages of philosophical ramblings and then go, go, go. Some of it went way ...more
Leggere A Colori
Tim Willocks in "I dodici bambini di Parigi" ha avuto la maestria di farci entrare in questo mondo lontano di più di cinque secoli, di cui tanto abbiamo letto sui banchi di scuola, ma del quale non riusciamo a immaginare la vera realtà o capire cosa voleva dire nella pratica di tutti i giorni vivere. Gli intrighi nelle corti erano affari complicati, erano giochi di amicizie, odio, corruzioni e oro: l’autore segue Tannhauser passo passo in giro per Parigi, cercando con lui di capire cosa in realt ...more
I'm admitting defeat at page 279.
Libri &
I dodici bambini di Parigi è un romanzo di Tim Willocks, in cui storia e drammaticità si intrecciano fino a creare un mix esplosivo di eventi. Tutto inizia la notte di San Bartolomeo, tra il 23 e il 24 Agosto 1572, in cui un numero imprecisato di ugonotti giunti a Parigi per assistere al matrimonio tra Enrico di Navarra e Margherita di Valois, vennero sterminati ferocemente. Una strage, un massacro, compiuto dalla casa reale cattolica ai danni degli ugonotti (i protestanti francesi). Una moltitu ...more
Most brutal book I've ever read. Absolutely unrelenting in its gore-soaked bleakness
If I have to wait 7 more years for the next book in the series I will cry.
One of the best two books I've read. The other one is the first in this series. The Religion.
A fantastic historical fiction book. Set in Paris at a time of dark historical events.
The hero is a veteran knight searching for his lost heavily pregnant wife. Along the way
he meets many people and assembles a collection of lost souls to help him in his quest.
The story is very violent as befitted the time and the Knight is very good at violence.
The characterisation and interplay between the little ensemble is beautifully done, rich, sensitive and sometimes brutally honest!
Tim Willocks sets the
Frank Kelly
Tim Willocks is a talented and creative writer. But he badly needs a good editor - and whoever edited this book let him down badly. I am a huge fan of "The Religion", his superb novelization of the Siege of Malta. This book, however, is about 300 pages too long and, inexplicably, we never are told what the evil motivations of the villains are. You go for more than 700 pages and never understand why the hero and his beloved wife have gone through hell and back is a huge let-down. Quite disappoint ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Sylvain rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sylvain by: Télérama
Shelves: crime, historical
I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy The Twelve Children... as much as the first book in the trilogy: The Religion. In my opinion, the latter reached a better balance between fighting scenes, historical background, characterization and even political & theological discussions.
This one seems to be mostly about the fighting in the streets of Paris in the midst of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre & there was only so much I could take about main character Tannhauser's fighting skills & the
The Twelve Children Of Paris
By Tim Willocks

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Paris, August 23rd, 1572.

What do you do when your wife disappears?

In the middle of the bloodiest massacre in European history?

And you know she is about to give birth to your only child?

Three wars of religion have turned Paris into a foetid cauldron of hatred, intrigue and corruption. The Royal Wedding, intended to heal the wounds, has served only to further poison the fanatics of either creed. But Carla could not have kn
This author manages to take you in the physical world of slaughter - the sounds, the noise, the movements, the reasoning......and ties it with the conflict of conscience and the conflict of organised church.
In the midst of this world, he brings us the meeting and deep bond of two women from separate cultures who have such a wonderful understanding of mankind and the world. He tells us there story with magnificent empathy - that took me by surprise.
He offers sensitivity amid the turmoil of civi
This was more or less the same book as the previous one, except with a different storyline.
What I mean to say it, both books center around lots of violence and fighting. I guess if you're interested in that, it's pretty interesting to read. I found myself, on the other hand, skipping through those parts, until the story unfolded further.
It was a nice easy read, but the story could have been told in half the pages.
Stephanie Ericsson
Feb 19, 2015 Stephanie Ericsson marked it as to-read
The Religion, by the same Tim Willocks was superb. I read/listened to it on Kindle with Whispersynch for Voice-Ready with the excellent narration of Simon Vance. This 2nd in the series isn't yet on e-book or with narration, so I'm saving it until it is.
A wonderful book. History is well constructed and well narrated. Tim Willocks is an excellent narrator. I always think I'm not interested by contemporary author and I'm wrong. Tim Willocks became one of my fav' author actually.
Sean Irwin

That was my reaction after finishing the book. The first half of TCoP was true historical fiction. The latter half was a 14th century literary version of Call of Duty. The graphic detail in which the author describes the kills is too in depth. However, what did it for me was the fact that the author denies us the reason for the conspiracy. I hope the third book returns to the original Religion style format.
Très partagée par rapport à ce livre. Il est trop long, très caricatural, trop belliqueux (j'ai lu en travers beaucoup de scène de combat) mais c'est aussi un formidable roman d'aventure sur fond de Saint Barthélemy.
Mick Lyons
Waited years for this...the sequel to The Religion and it doesn't disappoint. Mattias Tannhauser returns and ends up in Paris just in time for the Huguenot massacre. To be honest the plot isn't hugely complicated and the book's not quite up to the standard of The Religion but it's still 5 stars, The Religion being about 7 out of 5! The brilliance lies in Tim Willock's ability to bring the situation to gory, horror-filled life and in that he's second to none.
In summary a love story written in bl
Grant Flynn
As satisfying as the Religion, but darker
Dave Godfrey
How many ways can you slaughter a person with a sword, bow and arrow, pike or your bare hands? Read this and find out. Incredibly violent historical drama with an indestructible hero who is a master of human butchery. But the ones who die quickly are the lucky ones.

However, I'm sure the events on which this is based were at least as horrific.
Alex Rogers
Good. Have been waiting for this one a long time, and it was very satisfying - very satisfying (although incredibly blood-saturated) historical fantasy.
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