"When three popes all murdered lie,
And Christ's own kingdom desecrated..."
A mysterious book of prophecies written by a sixth century Irish monk has puzzled scholars through the ages. Foretelling wars, plagues and rebellions, the Black Book of Bran is said to have predicted the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot. It is even said to foresee the Day of Judgement. But is it the result of divine inspiration or the ravings of a madman?
A hidden hoard of Saxon gold. A poisoned priest. A monk skinned alive in Westminster Abbey. Only one thing is certain: whoever comes into possession of the cursed book meets a gruesome and untimely end.
- - in which Bernard Knight lays the foundation for the murderous tales that follow.
- Act One
- - in which Bernard Knight's Crowner John confounds a band of treasure-hunters.
- Act Two
- - in which Ian Morson's Nick Zuliani dices with death in a Russian blizzard.
- Act Three
- - in which my old friends, Keeper Sir Baldwin and Bailiff Simon Puttock investigate murder most foul in the abbey crypt.
- Act Four
- - in which Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael become embroiled in a bloodthirsty college feud.
- Act Five
- - in which Philip Gooden's player Nick Revill receives a letter from a mysterious uncle.
- - in which C. J. Sansom confronts the Day of Judgement.
Order The Lost Prophecies from Amazon:
- in the new Pocket Book edition (published on June 1st 2009 - ISBN: 978-1-8473-9121-6)
- as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-8473-7093-8)
- or in the hardback edition (ISBN: 978-1847370921).
There is also an audio edition of the full text, read by Paul Matthews and published by Whole Story Audio Books (click the link to go their web site, where you can listen to an excerpt).