Cornwell, Bernard: Harlequin. First Edition/First Printing.« back
This is a first edition and first printing of Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell, published by Harper Collins in 2000.
The first book in the Grail Quest series.
The book and protected dust jacket are in Fine condition with no inscriptions and not price clipped.
Harlequins are lost souls, so loved by the devil that he would not take them to hell, but left them to roam the earth. In French the word is hellequin -- the name given to the English archers who crossed the Channel to lay a country to waste. Thomas of Hookton is one of those archers. When his village is sacked by French raiders, he makes a promise to God: to retrieve the relic stolen from Hookton's church. Escaping his father's ambitions, he becomes a wild youth who delights in the life of an army on the warpath.
Driven by his conscience and protected by his fearsome skills, he enters a world where lovers become enemies and enemies become friends, where his only certainty is that somewhere, beyond a horizon smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English army, a terrible enemy awaits him. This enemy would harness the power of Chistendom's greatest relic: the Grail itself. Here, in the first book of a new series, the quest begins. It leads him through the fields of France, to the village of Crecy where two great armies meet on the hillside to do battle.