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1242. An immense pyre is being kindled in Europe. A great Christian army is gathering. The King of France, Saint Louis, has decided once and for all to stamp out the heretic Cathar sect. He wants their rich land in the Languedoc, and now they have challenged his authority – both secular and spiritual – for the last time. For the Cathars have something King Saint Louis des 1242. An immense pyre is being kindled in Europe. A great Christian army is gathering. The King of France, Saint Louis, has decided once and for all to stamp out the heretic Cathar sect. He wants their rich land in the Languedoc, and now they have challenged his authority – both secular and spiritual – for the last time. For the Cathars have something King Saint Louis desires more than anything else in the world; a powerful weapon of their own. An ancient shroud that bears the ghostly image of Christ crucified, once the holiest relic of Byzantium, now the so-called ‘Cathar Crucifix’, which is the rallying point of the heretic rebellion. Petroc of Auneford knows the power of this relic, the Mandylion of Edessa, better than any man. After all it was Petroc who, along with the mysterious Captain de Montalhac, stole it from the Pharos Chapel in the ruined city of Constantinople and gave it to the Cathars, Little did he know that all too soon it would be the focus of total war. Now he and the Captain – a Cathar himself – find themselves snared in this horrific struggle and a plot that involves the greatest rulers in Christendom. And as the Captain retreats to the desolate peak of Montsegur to make his final stand, only Petroc can save his friend and the mysterious, sinster shroud; holiest of relics, precious beyond reckoning, but possessed of a deadly, maddening power…


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1242. An immense pyre is being kindled in Europe. A great Christian army is gathering. The King of France, Saint Louis, has decided once and for all to stamp out the heretic Cathar sect. He wants their rich land in the Languedoc, and now they have challenged his authority – both secular and spiritual – for the last time. For the Cathars have something King Saint Louis des 1242. An immense pyre is being kindled in Europe. A great Christian army is gathering. The King of France, Saint Louis, has decided once and for all to stamp out the heretic Cathar sect. He wants their rich land in the Languedoc, and now they have challenged his authority – both secular and spiritual – for the last time. For the Cathars have something King Saint Louis desires more than anything else in the world; a powerful weapon of their own. An ancient shroud that bears the ghostly image of Christ crucified, once the holiest relic of Byzantium, now the so-called ‘Cathar Crucifix’, which is the rallying point of the heretic rebellion. Petroc of Auneford knows the power of this relic, the Mandylion of Edessa, better than any man. After all it was Petroc who, along with the mysterious Captain de Montalhac, stole it from the Pharos Chapel in the ruined city of Constantinople and gave it to the Cathars, Little did he know that all too soon it would be the focus of total war. Now he and the Captain – a Cathar himself – find themselves snared in this horrific struggle and a plot that involves the greatest rulers in Christendom. And as the Captain retreats to the desolate peak of Montsegur to make his final stand, only Petroc can save his friend and the mysterious, sinster shroud; holiest of relics, precious beyond reckoning, but possessed of a deadly, maddening power…

30 review for Painted in Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    saeedeh

    In the bookshop I read the first page and I misunderstood it for a battle scene or an injured general... aaaand when I came home I continued and realized that scene, was a " forging fake relics" scene :| In the bookshop I read the first page and I misunderstood it for a battle scene or an injured general... aaaand when I came home I continued and realized that scene, was a " forging fake relics" scene :|

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mavis Hewitt

    Got this because author lived in same area of Devon as me. Didn't realise it was 3rd in series, would probably have been better (but not imperative) to have read other 2 first. Historically very interesting, slightly slow moving, (hence my 7 days to read), but aim to read the earlier 2. Got this because author lived in same area of Devon as me. Didn't realise it was 3rd in series, would probably have been better (but not imperative) to have read other 2 first. Historically very interesting, slightly slow moving, (hence my 7 days to read), but aim to read the earlier 2.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Thoroughly enjoyable romp through mediaeval history. I did rather skip over the battle scenes, but the core story is excellent.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Harvey

    An interesting read that never really gets going. I have not read any of the other Petroc books but that didn 19t seem to matter as what had happened before was woven into the narrative. My main gripe was that there was a lot of talk and the action seemed to be rush or just glossed over. The characterisation was good but sometimes it could have been built with less pages of dialogue as some did not really add to the story. The blurb is rather misleading too as it makes it sound like an action pa An interesting read that never really gets going. I have not read any of the other Petroc books but that didn 19t seem to matter as what had happened before was woven into the narrative. My main gripe was that there was a lot of talk and the action seemed to be rush or just glossed over. The characterisation was good but sometimes it could have been built with less pages of dialogue as some did not really add to the story. The blurb is rather misleading too as it makes it sound like an action packed adventure on a grand scale, however despite the amount of travel the story feels rather low level and the main focus of Jesus death cloth appears as a side story until the end of the book. Interesting enough but not the mystery laden religious intrigue I was wanting. Only just three stars!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Keith Currie

    Historical novel on Louis the saint's 'crusade' against the Cathars of Toulouse and third in the Petroc of Aunesford series. The author is at his best when describing the grit and reality of medieval battles and their aftermaths, and at his worst with rather too much back story and references to previous volumes. I made the mistake some years ago of reading the fourth book in this series first (thinking it was a standalone novel) and discovered that was not a wise thing to do. Historical novel on Louis the saint's 'crusade' against the Cathars of Toulouse and third in the Petroc of Aunesford series. The author is at his best when describing the grit and reality of medieval battles and their aftermaths, and at his worst with rather too much back story and references to previous volumes. I made the mistake some years ago of reading the fourth book in this series first (thinking it was a standalone novel) and discovered that was not a wise thing to do.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbi Skeen

    A little slow to get going, but this book left me wanting to read the next one. I'm starting to connect more to the characters more than I did in the second of this series. A little slow to get going, but this book left me wanting to read the next one. I'm starting to connect more to the characters more than I did in the second of this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    keith mcglynn

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catriona Taylor

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Walkley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olga Kelly

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

  12. 5 out of 5

    Babicka_amalka

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barry

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Latsis

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fulk Hogan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Rix

  17. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Kayson

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Plus

  19. 5 out of 5

    Iona

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda Shields

  21. 5 out of 5

    Renata

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bedrichus

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allie Harmon

  26. 4 out of 5

    graham woodman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jade

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  29. 5 out of 5

    C.S.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zhivko Zaev

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