The French Executioner

The French Executioner

Book - 2001
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It is 1536, and the expert swordsman, Jean Rombaud, has been brought over from France by Henry VIII to behead his wife, Anne Boleyn. But on the eve of her execution Rombaud swears a vow to the ill-fated queen - to bury her six-fingered hand, symbol of her rumoured witchery, at a sacred crossroads. Yet in a Europe ravaged by religious war, the hand of this infamous Protestant icon is so powerful a relic that many will kill for it... From a battle between slave galleys to a black mass in a dungeon, through the hallucinations of St Anthony's Fire to the fortress of an apocalyptic Messiah, Jean seeks to honour his vow.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur & Co., 2001
ISBN: 9781552782385
1552782387
Characteristics: viii, 371 p

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BlueHippo
Aug 26, 2017

I admit I have not finished this book-I am about 1/2 way through it. It is not as good as I had hoped. I am already skipping through the pages looking for something interesting to read! It is quite violent (well, ok-what did I expect from a book about an executioner?), and the characters are, for the most part, uninteresting. The plot drags, with way too much detail about insignificant stuff. I understand there are more books in this series-I won't be reading them. This is not really my idea of historical fiction. HIstorical fiction is Ken Follet or Edward Rutherford. This author does not even come close!

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kleaver
May 30, 2009

At first the immense detail was overwhelming but once I became accustomed to the verse it was a very intense and good read.

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