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Vagabond

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Bernard Cornwell

Narrated By: Tim Pigott-Smith

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: January 2005

Duration: 6 hours 6 minutes

Summary:

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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  • Michael Goshorn

    Bernard Cornwell has a unique gift in relating the social-political and environmental conditions that have been part of Britain's most famous battles. Mixed around the historical events are clever images of life from various perspectives. And then the quest for the Holy Grail is always a plus to any story. Mr. Cornwell adds just the right amount of mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. By the end of the book, you'll feel iike you lived for a brief time in the 1300s. The narrator Tim Pigott-Smith does an outstanding job. He does a variety of British and French accents, and keeps them all straight. He helps bring the story alive, and is a pleasure to listen too. I loved the way he reads the Dominican Priests words, my own emotions echoed those of Thomas!

Vagabond

by Bernard Cornwell

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Vagabond, Bernard Cornwell