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Painted in Blood

Pip Vaughan-Hughes

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Unholy Relics, c 1000 CE to c 1500, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical adventure, Historical fiction

The epic conclusion to the Petroc trilogy - and a powerful journey into the origins of the shroud of Turin.

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

Pip is in his late 30s and 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, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Relics is Pip's first novel and he is currently at work on a second.

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