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Missive #21

From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the sequel to The Archer’s Tale [Harlequin as first published] and Vagabond—the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family’s honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

This is third book in the Grail Quest series and just as good as the first two. However, it is much more a novel rather than historical fiction which Cornwell usually writes. There are only two chapters that are actually based on historical facts. Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward’s army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas’s father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to be burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas an infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom. — Book promo @ goodreads.com

I went to Tucson VA again this morning for my second post op appointment. The surgeon said that everything looked good, I thought that would be what he would say because my vision had been steadily improving during the past week.

I had also been applying drops to treat the increased eye pressure and they worked again so I will quit adding them. Still have two other drops to use for the next three weeks.

I will be getting my new prescription when I go for my next appointment in February. Certainly need it for reading but I drove back from Tucson today with no glasses. I have better distance vision now without the old prescription.

A couple of memes that gave me a laugh.

Posed nude for an art class today. They didn’t ask me to. I think they were making ceramic bowls.

Question: Is the fall of Rome comparable to the current situation in the United States?
Answer: No, Rome had good roads.

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