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Painted in Blood
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'Pip Vaughan-Hughes has given us a monk, a corpse, a sinister Templar and a terrific adventure that romps across mediaeval Christendom' Bernard Cornwell 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...
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Pip Vaughan-Hughes is an incredibly exciting talent in historical fiction. His first novel, RELICS, sold over 50,000 copies in paperback alone. THE VAULT OF BONES is set to exceed that - it was No.1 on the Heatseekers Chart and has reprinted five times so far. Pip gets better and better with every novel. He is now dealing with hugs themes on an epic scale. Historical fiction has never been more popular and this is one of the most-read periods. There is an endless fascination with the secrets of medieval Europe and particularly with relation to the Cathars. The Shroud of Turin is one of history's greatest mysteries... Pip has received terrific reviews: 'A monk, a corpse, a sinister Templar and a terrific adventure. A great read!' Bernard Cornwell. 'An impressive debut, with vivid period atmosphere, colourful personalities and stirring action' Sunday Telegraph.

About the Author

Pip 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 Vermont with his wife and children.

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