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
Characteristics: viii, 371 p


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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!

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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