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The Inquisitor's Tale
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The Inquisitor's Tale
Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
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The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons. 1242. On a dark night, travelers...
The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons. 1242. On a dark night, travelers...
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  • The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons.

    1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead.
    As the narrator collects their tales, the story of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.
    Their adventures take them on a chase through France to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned. They're taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. And as their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
    Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Filled with Adam's trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that's richly researched and adventure-packed.
    Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Bruce Mann, Ann Marie, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey
    Features medieval music performed by Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia

    From the Compact Disc edition.
 

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    The king is ready for war.

    Louis of France is not yet thirty, and already he is the greatest king in Europe. He loves his subjects. He loves God. And his armies have never been defeated.

    This war, though, is different.

    He is not fighting another army.

    He is not fighting another king.

    He is fighting three children. And their dog.

    A week ago, Louis hadn't heard of these three children. No one had. But now they are the most famous children in France. And the most wanted.

    How did this happen?

    That's what I'm wondering.

    It's why I'm at the Holy Cross-Roads Inn, a day's walk north of Paris. It's early March, in the year of our Lord 1242. Outside, the sky is dark and getting darker. The wind is throwing the branches of an oak against the walls of the inn. The shutters are closed tight, to keep the dark out.

    It's the perfect night for a story.

    The inn is packed. Butchers and brewers, peasants and priests, knights and nobodies. Everyone's here to see the king march by. Who knows? Maybe we'll see the children, too. And that dog of theirs. I would really like to see that dog.

    I'm sitting on a wobbly stool at a rough, wooden table. It's sticky with spilled ale.

    "So!" I say, rubbing my hands together. "Does anyone know anything about these kids? The wanted ones? With the dog?"

    The table practically erupts.

    They're all trying to tell me at once.

    Beside me is a woman with thick arms, brown hair, and brown teeth. Her name is Marie, and she's a brewster, a beer maker. I ask her where she's from. She tells me she's from the town of Saint-Geneviève.

    "That's where the girl is from!" I say. "Did you know her? Before she became famous?"

    "Know her?" Marie says, indignant. "I practically raised her! Well, I didn't raise her, but I know her real well."

    She smiles with her brown teeth at me. I smile back.

    "Okay," I say. "Let's hear about her, then."

    And so Marie tells us all about the most famous girl in France.

    The one the king has declared war on.

    CHAPTER ONE

    Jeanne's story starts when she was a baby.

    Her mother and father were regular peasants. Spent all day in the fields, just like most of the folks in our town. But there was one thing that made them special. They had this dog. A beautiful dog. A white greyhound, with a copper blaze down its nose. They called her Gwenforte—which is a ridiculous name for a dog, if you ask me. But they never did ask me, so that's what they called her.

    They loved Gwenforte. And they trusted her.

    And so one day they went off to the fields to work, and they left baby Jeanne with Gwenforte.

    "What?" I interrupt. "They used a dog as a babysitter?"

    "Well . . . Yes. I suppose they did."

    "Is that normal? For peasants? To use dogs as babysitters?"

    "No. I suppose it ain't. But she was a real good dog."

    "Oh. That explains it."

    You gotta understand: Gwenforte loved that little girl so much, and was so protective of her, that nobody worried about it.

    But maybe we should have.

    For as Jeanne's folks were out in the fields, work­ing in the hot sun, a snake slithered into their house. It was an adder, with beady eyes and black triangles down its back. The day was hot, as I said, but the house was cool and dark because the walls in our houses are thick, made of mud and straw, and the only window is the...

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  • Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing The Inquisitor's Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz.

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  • AudioFile Magazine A talented cast enhances a story that combines history, mystery, action, and miracles. In a structure reminiscent of THE CANTERBURY TALES, 10 travelers meet at an inn in medieval France. The eight narrators evocatively portray the characters while adding drama to the cumulative tale of three gifted young heroes. Jeanne, a peasant girl, envisions the future; Jacob, a Jewish boy, has healing powers; and William, a young monk of African descent, has uncommon strength. The narrators use accents to suggest class, with each contributing to an overall tone that is conversational, lively, and engrossing. Together, the narrators enhance the stories as they stress the interplay of humor and darkness, prejudices and beliefs, legend and truth. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine

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