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.
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...
|Publication date:||19th March 2009|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 19/09/2021
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?...More About Pip Vaughan-hughes