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The Vault of Bones (Brother Petroc #2)
Who will own the greatest treasures of all...? In the darkness of 13th Century Europe, the most precious wonders of the Christian world lie in a small church in the great ruined city of Constantinople, the spoils of a failed Crusade. The crown of thorns, the spear that pierced Jesus' side, the shroud bearing the imprint of Christ - all lie in the mysterious Chapel of Pharo ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published 2008 by Orion Books
(first published 2007)
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Another roller-coaster adventure story set in the Thirteenth Century, featuring the same relic hunters as the author's Relics. The fast moving narrative ranges from London to Rome to the ruins of Constantinople under the Franks and concludes in Venice. The story is delightfully complex with interesting characters in a fascinating period of history. Better, I think, than the first in the series: a meatier more plausible plot, very well done.
Although (according to goodreads) this took me 43 days to read, I really quite enjoyed it. The story is set between Italy & Constantinople during the 13th Century and follows Petroc an ex-novice monk on his quest to sell holy relics. This is really simplifying the story as it's full of murder & intrigue all set during a very interesting time in history. If you like CJ Sansom you'll definitely like this too.
I really enjoyed this. Quite a slow read but builds up very well. Characterisation is good and about right for the period. Set in the 13th century and between Italy and Constantinople. The plot moves along well and the setting seems real and matches the period. I can see folk giving up as it is a slow start - but that makes it quite enjoyable.
Pip grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, saxophonist, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and children.More about Pip Vaughan-Hughes...
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