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UK Paperback Edition Cover
|Series||The Grail Quest series|
|7 October 2002|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback), audiobook, and e-book|
|Pages||384 pp ( first edition hardback)|
|ISBN||978-0-00-22596-6-8 (first edition, hardback)|
Vagabond is the second novel in The Grail Quest series by Bernard Cornwell. Set during the first stage of the Hundred Years War, it follows Thomas of Hookton's quest to find the Holy Grail, a relic which will grant decisive victory to the possessor.
Arrows On The Hill
Thomas, Eleanor and Father Hobbe journey to the north of England to speak with the old Monk Brother Collimore, who knows of the Holy Grail, in city of Durham. Unknown to them, the corrupt French Cardinal, Cardinal Bessières, has dispatched his own companion, The Dominican Friar, Bernard de Taillebourg to find the Holy Grail for France. He is accompanied by the murderer of Father Ralph, Guy Vexille, Comte d'Astarac. During their journey to Durham Thomas is caught up in the Scottish invasion. Thomas participates in the Battle of Neville's Cross against the Scottish. We learn that Eleanor is pregnant with Thomas's baby. Thomas is not ready to be a father. Eleanor is frustrated by Thomas' willingness to fight and goes on to the monastery with Father Hobbe. There Eleanor and Father Hobbe come across the old monk they seek who is talking with a Dominican and Vexille. Both Eleanor and Father Hobbe are killed by Vexille. Meanwhile, the Scots lose the battle and David II is captured. Thomas is devastated when he finds out the fate of Eleanor and again vows to kill Guy Vexille. He continues back to Hookton with Robbie Douglas, a captured Scottish noble.
The Winter Siege
Thomas and Robbie travel to Hookton and find that the Dominican has also been to Hookton. Thomas meets with his old friend Sir Giles Marriott who gives him a book that his father wrote about the Grail. Thomas also receives a message from Sir Guillaume that he has been outlawed by France and his castle is under siege.
Thomas and Robbie go to Sir Guillaume's aid, but cannot do much for there are only two of them. Thomas uses his cunning by preying on small French parties and blowing up the gunpowder for French cannons. The two then rescue Sir Guillaume and travel back to La Roche-Derrien where he rediscovers Jeanette.
Jeanette convinces Thomas to retrieve her son and Thomas agrees. Thomas then leads a small raiding party to where little Charles is being held. However, he is betrayed and ends up in the Dominican's captivity. Thomas is questioned and tortured by the Dominicans. Eventually Thomas is let go and rehabilitated by his friends.
The King's Cupbearer
Meanwhile, a large Breton/French army marches on La Roche-Derrien and lays siege to it hoping to lure the nearby English army out and defeat the only remaining army that is not in one of the garrisons. It works and after a long battle which results in English victory, de Taillebourg is slain by Thomas. The victory comes with a terrible cost to Thomas for his commander and friend, the crippled Sir William Skeat is murdered by Sir Geoffrey Carr. Carr is an enemy Thomas makes during his time in Durham, who is in turn killed by Thomas and Robbie.
Thomas decides to continue searching for the Grail and kill Guy Vexille on the way.
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