The Vault Of Bones
Who will own the greatest treasures of all...?In the darkness of 13th Century Europe, the most precious wonders of the Christian world lie in a small church in the great ruined city of Constantinople, the spoils of a failed Crusade. The crown of thorns, the spear that pierced Jesus' side, the shroud bearing the imprint of Christ - all lie in the mysterious Chapel of Pharos, untouchable treasures beyond earthly price.On the other side of the globe, Petroc of Auneford sails into the sprawling Pool of London for the first time. He has left his old monastic world behind for that of the enigmatic Captain de Montalhac - purveyor of fine relics and other exotic trinkets to anyone with sufficient money and desire.But for Petroc, the trip is soon blighted by tragedy. Grief, however, is no guard against greed, and with rumours of the sale of the relics of Pharos growing, the Captain needs Petroc?s help. The great powers of Christendom are gathering ? all covet the power of the relics ? and Petroc finds himself right in the eye of the storm.Stretching from the streets of London to the brothels of Venice and all the way to ruined palaces of Constantinople, THE VAULT OF BONES is an epic tale of faith, power, money and revenge.
- Hardback | 400 pages
- 162 x 242 x 36mm | 729g
- 25 Jul 2007
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
An absorbing, exciting tale * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * Vaughan-Hughes has a fine feel for the heat, the flies and the rank oppression of life in the Middle Ages but he also captures the verve, the unpredictability and the sheer courage of the people who made a living out of a harsh world. A wonderful adventure story. * LANCASHIRE EVENING POST * ? a complex and geographically wide ranging novel that sweeps through early mediaeval Europe? The finely woven plot, although complex, never confuses the reader... * CRIME SQUAD * Gripping narrative and so steeped in atmosphere you can almost smell what they're up to, Pip's pulled out another corker in what will surely be a long line of epic books. * SUNDAY SPORT *
About Pip Vaughan-Hughes
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 daughter.