Omnibus Books, 1995 – newest
edition, Allen & Unwin, 2007

Book Three in the ‘Pagan Chronicles’

Available from
Allen & Unwin

Other books in the ‘Pagan Chronicles’
Pagan’s CrusadePagan in Exile
Pagan’s Scribe | Pagan’s Daughter

The third book of the Pagan Chronicles is set in the Abbey of Saint Martin, where former squire, seventeen-year-old Pagan Kidrouk, and Lord Roland de Bram are trying to become monks after renouncing the sword. But they soon discover that it’s not so easy to escape violence, even in a monastery . . .

Winner of the CBC Book of the Year Award, 1996.

This title is also available in the United States (Candlewick Press) and Germany (Carl Hanser Verlag).

‘The historical details in this fast-moving, humorous tale are precise and fascinating, the dialogue is snappy, and the action is well shaped.’
The Horn Book

‘Those who haven’t yet come across Pagan should immediately discover him. His language is a joy . . . ‘
The Canberra Times

‘Witty, serious, fresh, iconoclastic, philosophical, intellectual . . . This is historical fiction at its sparkling, subversive best!’
Reading Time

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‘As before, Pagan’s mix of bad attitude and profound loyalty makes a winning combination . . . Rage? Agony? Spiritual journeys? Murder? Moral turpitude? Twists both welcome and dismaying? This decidedly unique historical saga
has it all.’

Kirkus Reviews

‘Pagan’s Vows is very stylish, with its free use of Latin and its highly charged medieval atmosphere . . . ‘
The Age


  • Greg

    0 comments! How can this be?

    • Catherine Jinks

      I know, right?

  • Greg

    Christ in a cream cheese sauce!

    • Catherine Jinks

      Thanks Greg – what would I do without you?

  • Avi Anflight

    Hello, Catherine! It’s pretty much us again, but it’s only Avi this time! I’d just like to tell you that out of all of the Pagan Chronicles books, this one is my favorite. Despite having its own unique subplot, I love how it stayed true to the whole storyline, and I adore Roland’s arc, but then again, we both adore everything Roland does. Clement was great, Raymond was great, of course Pagan was great, and everyone else was as loveable as ever.
    I’d just like to tell you that you’re still our most favorite author in the whole entire world! These books honestly deserve more love – I’ve never been so invested in the wellbeing of a medieval squire.

  • Catherine Jinks

    Thanks again, Avi. I always wondered how many people were going to like a book that had so much medieval rhetorical training and Boethius in it – I thought it might be a problem, but clearly it isn’t! The abbot, by the way, was based on my old medieval history lecturer at university – he was certainly loveable, so I’m glad it’s come across.