Harlequin (The Grail Quest, Book 1)

Kobo ebook | July 24, 2009

byBernard Cornwell

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Harlequins are lost souls, so loved by the devil that he would not take them to hell, but left them to roam the earth. In French, the word is hellequin – the name given to the English archers who crossed the Channel to lay waste the towns and countryside. In the fourteenth century the English were just beginning to discover their national identity, and one of the strongest elements of this was the overwhelming success in battle of the English bowmen. England’s archers crossed the Channel to lay a country to waste. Thomas of Hookton was one of those archers. When his village is sacked by French raiders, he escapes from his father’s ambition to become a wild youth who delights in the opportunities which war offers – for fighting, for revenge and for friendship. But Thomas is hounded by his conscience. He has made a promise to God to retrieve a relic stolen in the raid from Hookton’s church. The search for the relic leads him into a world where lovers become enemies, enemies become friends and always, somewhere beyond the horizon that is smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English army, a terrible enemy awaits him. That enemy would harness the power of Christendom’s greatest relic – the grail itself. In this, the first book of a new series, Thomas begins the quest that will lead him through the fields of France, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Crecy.

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Harlequins are lost souls, so loved by the devil that he would not take them to hell, but left them to roam the earth. In French, the word is hellequin – the name given to the English archers who crossed the Channel to lay waste the towns and countryside. In the fourteenth century the English were just beginning to discover their natio...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 24, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007338783

ISBN - 13:9780007338788

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heretic- a terrific read I had never read Bernard Cornwell novel but now I'm hooked. The characters are wonderful and battle scenes take you into the action just like you were there. Absolutely brilliant
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harlequin Good very good story backed by history.....,...........................................................
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harlequin - Archers tail Intresting take on archer life in englands armies in france during hungred year war. Be untresting to see where they take the religious undertones
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from harlequin Fantastic historical detail. On to book 2!
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harlequin Very good read, keeps you entertained and engaged.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Grail Quest A very interesting novel which stirs interest in a much forgotten period of English history. Most people have never heard of the "Hundred Years War" let alone that England once owned almost half of France, either through High Marriage or Conquest. Bernard Cornwell brings the period to life through Thomas of Hookton and wraps a story around the "Holy Grail"
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A well thought out and executed novel.the plot moved along and incorporated just the right amount of personal and historical details. The insight into life as a medieval soldier and the gruelling battles was truly enlightening.a great read and I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2013-08-07