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The Avignon Legacy

By Daniel C Lorti

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Format: Paperback / softback, 410 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 21 January 2016
LOST TREASURE OF THE ANCIENT CATHOLIC CHURCH When Pope Gregory XI abruptly decides to move the Papacy back to Rome in 1377, chaos and rebellion descends upon both Avignon and the Papal States in Italy. The Rome-based Pope's foes and critics are everywhere and any shipment of the papal treasury from Avignon to the Vatican is at risk. An ingenious location is devised by Sir Jean Termonde, a heroic knight, to secure the treasure from discovery until it can be transferred to Rome The papal treasure never arrived at the Vatican, and the legend of the lost gold and jewels has grown over the centuries. Rare book dealer Jim Pierce's expertise is in tracking down and retrieving old volumes coveted by well-heeled clients. He has little interest in the French Middle Ages until two armed thugs enter his bookstore demanding an ancient 14th century volume on the Avignon Papacy that mentions the Church's treasury. They are killed thanks to Pierce's precautionary measures. When he receives an offer of $5 million from the legendary billionaire recluse John W. Baxter, to steal a 14thcentury volume from the Vatican Secret Archives, his interest is piqued leading him to wonder if Baxter wants the volume or if the contents are related to the treasure. So Pierce sets out to attempt two thefts: the volume from the Vatican, and the treasure from Avignon. That's when he discovers the French and the British police are on Baxter's heels who is, in turn, after him.
EAN: 9781942981459
ISBN: 1942981457
Publisher: W & B Publishers
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Lorti does a fine job of bringing great history to life. Little known facts of Papal wealth and those assigned to guard it, as well as the Pope himself, are somewhat taboo. The facts and characters are well-researched; the descriptions and details make you feel right there. Going from past to present day, he continues the adventure and then some. I highly recommend this and would like to read more of his works.
— CJ Loiacono

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