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The Grail Quest

The Grail Quest is a historical fiction novel series written by Bernard Cornwell dealing with a 14th-century search for the Holy Grail, around the time of the Hundred Years' War. The stories follow the adventures of the fictional Thomas of Hookton as he leaves Dorset after the murder of his father and joins the English Army under Edward III as an archer. In Harlequin he is involved in battle in Brittany and subsequently at the Battle of Crécy. The archers are the first soldiers to be deployed along the crest of the hill at Crécy, providing cover before the battle starts for the knights building a system of ditches, pits and caltrops below to maim and bring down the enemy cavalry. The battle is a decisive victory for the English, even though they were outnumbered.


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„They thought war was a game and every defeat only made them more eager to play.“

—  Bernard Cornwell, The Grail Quest

Philip of Valois, King of France, regarding his more reckless nobles, p. 4
The Grail Quest, Heretic (2003)

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„They haven't made an armor strong enought to resist an English arrow.“

—  Bernard Cornwell, The Grail Quest

Thomas of Hookton, p. 89
The Grail Quest, The Archer's Tale/Harlequin (2000)

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„The rules of chivalry, my lord, ensure my protection.“

—  Bernard Cornwell, The Grail Quest

<br/k> "Chivalry? Chivalry? I have heard it mentioned in songs, madame, but this is war. Our task is to punish the followers of Charles of Blois for rebelling against their lawful lord. Punishment and chivalry do not mix."
Jeanette, the Countess of Armorica and Sir Simon Jekyll, p. 64
The Grail Quest, The Archer's Tale/Harlequin (2000)

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„An archer does not aim, he kills.“

—  Bernard Cornwell, The Grail Quest

Thomas of Hookton, p. 18
The Grail Quest, The Archer's Tale/Harlequin (2000)

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