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Literature / Heretic

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Heretic is a 2003 historical fiction novel by Bernard Cornwell, and the third in the The Grail Quest series.

This book provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Badass Pacifist: Abbot Planchard will tend to the medical care of anyone, English or French, Christian or heretic. He also calls out Thomas for his tendencies to destroy civilian homesteads to his face, showing no fear of a hardened killer who is decades younger than him and physically in much better shape.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted. Genevieve's shoulder wound, sustained around the midpoint of the novel, continues to be a recurring problem for the rest of the novel.
  • MacGuffin: The Holy Grail.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Robbie takes about five.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Joscelyn is actually angry to find that a secret compartment found in a grave merely contains the bones of St. Sever, even though the bones of such a saint would be able to be able to attract tons of pilgrims or could be sold for a considerable fortune.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Thomas beats Galdric for encouraging his father to cut off Thomas's fingers.