Pagan's Vows by Catherine Jinks
Book Three of the Pagan Chronicles

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The third of four books featuring Pagan's adventures, PAGAN'S VOWS is a medieval thriller that leads the reader through a web of mystery and intrigue — in the most unlikely of places.

Having renounced the sword, Pagan and Lord Roland arrive at the Abbey of St. Martin to devote their lives to God. But no sooner are they outfitted in their novices' habits than Pagan suspects that something mysterious is going on. While the emotionally wrecked Roland tries to find peace in monastic life, the humility and blind obedience required of all novices do not come easily to the worldly Pagan — especially when he learns that the monastery is riddled with deceit and corruption. Someone is stealing alms, and Pagan is determined to find out who. But the truth may come at a price, one that could force him to reconsider his pious role — and his dedication to Roland.
 

About Catherine Jinks

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Catherine Jinks is a medieval scholar and young adult author - a background that is evident in this third of four stories about Pagan Kidrouk. Catherine Jinks's books have garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. Pagan grew out of a university course Catherine Jinks took about the Crusades, and her fascination with the real Order of the Templar. She was also heavily influenced by British comedies like MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. She didn't expect, however, that she would end up writing four books about Templar squire Pagan Kidrouk. "He was such a strong character," she explains, "that he sprang into my head fully formed, and wouldn't go away until I'd worked out his entire life span. He's certainly the strongest character I¹ve ever written about. The cutest, too, I think." Catherine Jinks lives in Australia.
 
Published August 3, 2004 by Candlewick. 336 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Jinks brings her utterly addictive “Pagan Chronicles” to a wrenching close, taking irreverent former street urchin Pagan Kidrouk through the horrors of the 13th-century Albigensian Crusade.

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Equal parts Boethius and blackmail, this third volume of a projected quartet sends wise-cracking ex-street-kid Pagan Kidrouk and his best friend/father figure Roland Roucy de Bram into the bookish but far from otherworldly confines of a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.

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Following Pagan's Crusade , which, according to PW , "turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory," this episode traces Pagan and Lord Roland's travels to France, where they are forced to exorcise ghosts from Lord Roland's past.

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Catherine Jinks's Pagan in Exile follows Pagan's Crusade, which, according to PW, ""turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory."" Pagan and Lord Roland travel to France in this adventure and are forced to exorcise ghosts from Lord Roland's past in the form of his dup...

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My name begins with U—" To the answer, Saint Eusebius , Pagan thinks, "Saint who?") or swapping tips about not-to-be-missed religious landmarks the way soccer moms trade vacation ideas.

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""Jinks turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory,"" said PW in a starred review of her Pagan's Crusade, the first of a planned quartet of books.

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When Isidore, the clerical scribe, first meets Pagan, he sees a small dark-skinned man who doesn't seem to be sufficiently religious to be a man of god, a Father, a leader.

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Pagan cannot believe that he is actually agreeing to devote his life to God, to accept life in a monastery.

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Following Pagan's Crusade , which, according to PW , "turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory," this episode traces Pagan and Lord Roland's travels to France, where they are forced to exorcise ghosts from Lord Roland's past.

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