The much-awaited third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's 'Grail Quest' series.
In 1347 the English capture Calais and the war with France is suspended by a truce. But for Thomas of Hookton, the hero of 'Harlequin' and 'Vagabond', there is no end to the fighting. He is pursuing the grail, the most sacred of Christendom's relics, and is sent to his ancestral homeland, Gascony, to engineer a confrontation with his deadliest enemy, Guy Vexille.
Once in the south country, Thomas becomes a raider, leading his archers in savage forays that will draw his enemy to his arrows. But then his fortunes change. Thomas becomes the hunted as his campaign is destroyed by the church. With only one companion, a girl condemned to burn as a heretic, Thomas goes to the valley of Astarac where he believes the grail was once hidden and might still be concealed. There he plays a deadly game of hide and seek with an overwhelming enemy.
Then, just as Thomas succeeds in meeting his enemy face to face, fate intervenes. What had been a landscape of castles, monasteries, vineyards and villages, becomes death's kingdom, and the need for the grail is more urgent than ever.
'The Grail Quest' is a vivid and realistic portrait of England at a time when the archer was king of Europe's battlefields.