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Painted in Blood by Pip Vaughan-hughes
  

Painted in Blood

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Beginning with a young monk being framed for murder and joining a band of pirates who specialise in religious relics, this has grown into a trilogy of big adventures sweeping across mediaeval Europe until now it’s the Shroud of Turin that takes centre stage. All good fun.

Comparison: Arturo Perez-Reverte, James McGee, Bernard Cornwell.

If you like Pip Vaughan-hughes you might also like to read books by Ellis Peters, C C Humphreys and Martin Stephen.

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Painted in Blood by Pip Vaughan-hughes

1242 AD and Europe is in flames once more. The King of France, Louis, has decided to stamp out the heretic faith of the Cathars once and for all. The trouble is that Petroc and his mentor, Captain de Montalhac are on the wrong side...

For the Captain can no longer ignore his Cathar roots and heads for the Languedoc and war with his former patron. He takes with him not only gold, but also something far more valuable - a mysterious relic depicting the face of Jesus. This 'Cathar Crucifix' will rally a full-scale rebellion against the French Monarchy.

But Petroc can see the danger to his friend. Louis possesses a huge army and the necessary ruthlessness to crush all in his path. Now - as Montalhac retreats to the mountain fastness of Montsegur - only Petroc can save his friend - and perhaps the most sacred relic of all...

About the Author

Pip Vaughan-hughes

Pip Vaughan-Hughes 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 Devon with his wife and children.

Below is a Q & A with this author.

What's the first book you remember reading?
Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson.

What's the greatest influence on your writing?
The complete joy I felt when I first learned to read. I'm still intoxicated by it.

Where do you write?
In a makeshift office in an upstairs hallway.

Typewriter, word processor or pen?
My trusty imac.

Name your favourite literary hero and villain.
My favourite villain is Pinkie in Graham Greene's Brighton Rock.
Hero? Possibly Moomintroll.

Where were you born and raised?
Born in London; raised in South Devon.

What is your philosophy for life?
Death or glory!

Did you enjoy school? What is your most vivid memory of your school years?
I alternately hated and tolerated school. My most vivid memory is of being told off in front of the entire school for shuffling my feet in line-up when I was five years old.

What educational qualifications do you have? Have you had any formal tuition in creative writing? If so, where and what? Did you find it useful? I have a degree in history. I don't have any formal writing training and I doubt it would have been useful to me, due to my general bloody-mindedness about being told what to do.

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind? I think I did always want to be an author. I vaguely wanted to be in films but experience very rapidly put me off. Now I can see my previous mess of a worklife as being a strangely logical prelude to writing.

Name your top five pieces of music.
'narchy in the UK' by The Sex Pistols, Five Last Songs by Richard Strauss, The Kids Are Alright by The Who, Heroin by The Velvet Underground and Billy's Bounce by Charlie Parker.

Who do you most admire and why?
All the people I know who've had the courage and the strength of will not to sell out.

If your house were burning down, what would you save?

My family.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Many and various, but getting fired from the BBC for swearing is an innocuous starting point.

How do you write each novel, i.e. do you block out the narrative first, take each page at a time, create the central character, build a cast of characters? I start with a story in my head, begin to write scenes that interest me, and use that momentum to create the narrative.

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Publication date

19th March 2009

Author

Pip Vaughan-hughes

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
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ISBN

9780752883113

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