By David Gibbins
From the autumn of the Roman Empire to the final days of Nazi strength, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his crew of adventurers are sizzling at the path of history’s so much elusive and wanted treasure: the misplaced golden menorah of Jerusalem. And what they detect may perhaps swap the realm forever….
Deep underneath the windswept waters close to Istanbul, Jack and his crack staff of specialists have exposed a shocking clue to the positioning of the fabled treasure plundered throughout the Crusades. in the meantime, in a dusty cathedral library, an individual finds a long-forgotten medieval map. jointly the 2 discoveries will clear up an historical mystery—and spark a race to prevent a present-day conspiracy of dazzling proportions.
From diving into the middle of an arctic iceberg to the final stand of a Viking warship to a unprecedented revelation deep within the jungles of important the United States, Jack is headed directly right into a globe-spanning conflict of civilizations, into an magnificent underground labyrinth steeped in blood and horrors—and to a war of words with a killer on a shattering campaign of his personal.
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Now not a ways off,” Maria responded. “This is from a tapestry in Norway courting from the 12th century, 100 years or so after Harald died. yet within the absence of any type of portrait of him, it offers an outstanding suggestion of what Harald and his males could have gave the impression of. The Varangian bodyguard in Constantinople have been Vikings by way of start and upbringing, and carried the scary struggle awl of the Norse. The awl was once the stuff of legends, man-high, single-bitted, terrifying in conflict. The Varangians cashed in at the popularity in their forebears, Vikings who had raped and pillaged their approach round western Europe, and had even sailed into the Mediterranean to terrorise Italy and France. however the Varangians have been additionally lovely cosmopolitan characters who had spent their grownup lives in Constantinople, the main refined urban within the medieval international, serving the Byzantine emperors. Their armour and finery wouldn’t have seemed misplaced within the Crusades, and they'd have spoken Greek in addition to Norse. Harald Hardrada even campaigned within the Holy Land. ” “In the Holy Land? ” Costas sounded incredulous. “But i assumed the Crusades didn’t start until eventually the tip of the 11th century. That’s a iteration after Harald died! ” “You may perhaps name Harald Hardrada the 1st Crusader,” Maria stated, her eyes shining with enthusiasm. “He used to be born a pagan, and positively wasn’t looking redemption for his sins, yet he did serve the pursuits of the Christian Church within the Holy Land. you might want to comprehend, Costas. The Crusades as we all know them have been basically a part of the tale, informed from a western point of view. The Byzantine Church and its warriors were attempting to wrest keep an eye on of the Holy Land from the Arabs for hundreds of years. within the yr 1036 the Byzantine emperor Michael concluded a treaty with the Arab caliph of Egypt to permit the recovery of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the shrine raised over the location of Christ’s grave in Jerusalem. A yr later Harald Hardrada led the Varangian defend to escort the Byzantine craftsmen to Jerusalem. The scene might have been immediately from the Crusades, tall, blond horsemen weighed down with armour sweeping around the wasteland, other than Harald used to be really profitable in pacifying the Holy Land. the entire cities and castles of Palestine surrendered to him and not using a struggle, and he cleared the roads of robbers and brigands. He gave treasure to the shrine of the Holy Sepulcher, possibly at the directions of the Byzantime emperor. He even bathed within the river Jordan, like all sturdy pilgrim. ” “You can shore up the case even extra. ” Jeremy had deserted his paintings and used to be now totally focussed on Maria. “After Jerusalem, Harald Hardrada campaigned for 3 years on behalf of the Byzantine emperor within the important Mediterranean, in Sicily and Italy. on the time, Sicily was once an Islamic emirate, captured through the Arabs within the nice jihad which observed Muslim armies take the Holy Land and sweep as a long way west as Spain. Harald used to be prime a military lower than the banner of the move opposed to the infidel, to reclaim lands for the Church.