November 1475: The marriage between Duke George of Landshut and Princess Hedwig of Poland is the most important political event of the late 15th century. Should the union fail, a war between the two most powerful nations of their time will be inevitable. And someone is determined that it should fail, obviously. Why else has the princess’ closest friend, a young Polish noblewoman, been brutally murdered in the Landshut cathedral? Peter Bernward is a former investigator for the catholic church and merchant adventurer. When he becomes involved in the matter, he uncovers a long forgotten tragedy. He soon finds out that it best remain shrouded in secrecy…
Based on the famous wedding celebration in Landshut, Bavaria 1475.
A Prayer For The Medici
Good Friday 1478: An uprising against the Medici, the ruling family of Florence, fails – but costs the life of Giuliano de Medici, the youngest and most beloved son of the family. While the Medici supporters act out their bloody revenge against the conspirators, Peter Bernward has troubles of his own. His spouse and the love of his life, Jana, is a successful trader herself. However, she seems to be involved in the conspiracy and awaits execution. To save her, he must find proof of her innocence. But her innocence appears increasingly less likely the deeper he digs into her private affairs…
Based on historical facts related to the Pazzi Conspiracy in 1478.
The Black Waters of San Marco
Venice, Italy 1478: Peter Bernward witnesses the recovery of a drowned orphan from the dirty waters of the laguna. Soon two more homeless boys are found murdered. The Venetian Secret Police have been looking for all three boys for questioning. But why? Peter is puzzled. Out of pity with the dead children, Peter becomes involved with the investigation. He soon comes into contact with a mysterious policeman and an organisation that offers homeless children and escaped young slaves a home. But in the misty alleys of Venice, things are never as they appear to be....
Based on real events and court files from Venice in the late 15th century.
The Alchemist’s Game
Augsburg, Germany 1478: When Peter Bernward arrives in his former hometown Augsburg, he intends to reestablish contact with his estranged daughter. Soon he discovers that a series of murders have the town in a state of fearful panic. The murderer may not even be human, but a supernatural being. Old superstitions awake, demons believed dead long ago surface again in the minds of the people. Peter´s daughter is missing, so he seeks help from a former colleague who also worked as an investigator for the Catholic church. Suddenly he is confronted with the ghosts of his past. The dead ones and the living ...
Based on real events in Augsburg throughout the 15th century.
The Draper’s Son
Cracau, Poland 1486: Peter Bernward lives a peaceful life in the hometown of his headstrong wife Jana, assisting her in her textile business. His standing among his peers is not the best. He is often ridiculed for letting his wife make her own decisions.
A close friend of his, a jewish moneylender, asks him for help in a delicate situation. Suddenly tensions between the German upper class, the Polish working class and the Jewish traders come to a head when a famous hatemonger priest is killed and local Jews are held responsible. The town is now close to a bloody civil war while Peter, acting as a peace negotiator, finds his little son Paolo kidnapped by an unknown party…
Based on the events related to The Great Fire of Cracau in 1486
The Devil’s Bible
There is a legend...about a book containing the knowledge of the world.
Scholars say it was written by a monk, locking himself up for years to complete his task. Some say the book was written in only one night, and the power it secretly contains was never meant for mankind to discover.
Historians know it as the Codex Gigas but people call it by another name.
The Devil’s Bible.
Three dead popes. Three missing pages. And a code that can only be deciphered by those who are willing to pay the price.
The year is 1592. A dying catholic church reaches out to her last resort: A mystery about a book containing the power of hell. He who posesses this book will rule the world.
Vatican killers will stop at nothing to obtain it whilst a sworn brotherhood of monks will do everything to keep it hidden.
Caught between these forces are three friends: Andrej von Langenfels, Cyprian Khlesl and Agnes Wiegant. They are the real guardians of the devil’s wisdom - bound to each other by a fate they do not know about...
The Guardians Of The Devil’s Bible
Prague, Czech Republic 1612: Scavengers enter the Prague Castle shortly after the death of Emperor Rudolf II. They make off with one of the Emperor´s most dangerous and prized possessions: The Devil’s Bible. Soon people begin to gossip about mysterious things happening in the Bohemian hills: old legends seem suddenly alife, hideous crimes are committed ... and some even say they have seen Satan himself laughing and dancing in the woods.
Cyprian Khlesl and Andrej of Langenfels, the new guardians of the Devil’s Bible, must set out once again to protect the world from the devil’s testament. This time it’s not only their lives that are at stake, but also the lives of their children.
The Heiress To The Devil’s Bible
Europe 1648: Thirty years of war have brought the whole of Europe to its knees. Humanity and mercy seem lost forever. Day after day innocent men, women and children burn on the pyres of witch hunters.
When Agnes Khlesl and her daughter Alexandra fall into the hands of one these fanatics, they seem surely doomed. But then Alexandra is offered a deal: She and her mother will be spared if Alexandra surrenders the Devil’s Bible into the hands of the witch hunter.
Now Alexandra has only one option: she must steal the Devil’s Bible from it’s guardians – from her own family.
Germany 1840: Alvin von Briest is a real Prussian aristocrat. He feels he owes his country his loyalty and his life. His neighbor Otto von Bismarck advises him to take a career in the military, which means dedicating his whole existence to the service. His friend Paul Baermann is his counterpart. He comes from the Munich middle class and is fascinated by technical progress. His only passion in life is the newly invented railroad until he encounters Louise Ferrand, a Parisian. Paul falls passionately in love with her. However, Louise is already engaged to another man: Alvin von Briest.
Europe is experiencing a time of upheaval: citizens are rising up against the old feudal order, while industrialisation and mechanisation triumph. The German principalities are caught in the bloody process of unification. Alvin, Paul and Louise are struggling to find ways to preserve their ideals, their love and their friendship. Otto von Bismarck, Europe’s most influential politician of the 19th century, is in the center of all these efforts – a man of power, but not of principles; a man who sees loyalty foremost as a virtue owed to him alone ...
A Century's Dream
Germany 1891: The siblings Otto, Amalie and Levin von Briest await the coming of the new century with mixed feelings. People everywhere are fascinated by the first flying machines and airships. Levin von Briest sees it as his fate to fulfill one of the oldest dreams of mankind: to become airborne and fly! Otto also has a dream, but it doesn´t correspond to his family’s expectations. They want him to become an engineer, but Otto is fascinated by a much less honorable occupation. He wants to be a private detective, stalking the streets of Berlin. Amalie does not yet know what to expect from life. However, there is one thing she is sure of. She longs for love and a partner to share her life with. Perhaps she is closer to her goal than she thinks.
At the moment, no one seems aware of the evil and powerful forces born from pride and wealth in the newly united Germany. They threaten not only the lives of the Briests – they also long to pervert the fascinating new flying machines to bring death upon Europes peoples.
1921, the German Republic: World War I ended three years ago, but its devastation weighs heavily on a country experiencing a democratic government for the first time and not knowing whether to love or hate it. The burdens of post-war life in a defeated country also pose a real threat to the family von Briest. Otto and Hermine von Briest are bankrupt and about to lose their family residence, Briest Manor. Their young daughter Luisa hopes for a career as a movie starlet. The Great Depression and the devaluation of the Deutsche Mark are systematically impoverishing the German people, who seek distraction in cinemas, cabarets and on the new automobile race tracks.
There Max Brandow sees his chance to take the initiative. When he was an orphan boy living in the streets, the Briest family saved him from a life of destitution and gave him a new home. Max feels heavily indebted to the Briests and he is bound to Luisa by a promise he will keep forever.
Sigurd von Cramm pursues his personal happiness on the race track as well. His family and the Briests have been bitter rivals since the days of Otto von Briest's grandparents. When Sigurd becomes indoctrinated by the National Socialist movement taking hold in Germany, he suddenly is in a postion to put his twisted ideals into action – and to destroy the Briests once and for all.
The Stolen Millennium
Cologne, Germany in the 13th century: Philipp, former novice and scribe in a monastery, is ordered to forge some old documents. What seems as a matter of little importance and of medieval routine soon develops into a life-threatening mission. Philipp stumbles upon a secret that the ruling class wants to suppress at all costs. All of a sudden, the life of a lowly ex-novice and the woman he loves become increasingly insignificant on the greater political stage.
Will Philipp find a way out – or will he also be forced to succumb to the machinations like the most famous emperor of the Middle Ages whose true fate Philipp has uncovered?
The Bishop’s Daughter
Aquitaine, France, in the spring of 1183. Raymond, singer and storyteller, is down on his luck. At the moment, there is no real market for his talents. Only the Bishop of Poitiers seems interested – but he doesn’t want Raymond to make music. The bishop sends him on a covert mission to find his missing assistant, Fermin. Fermin´s disappearance could mean trouble for the bishop. It might compromise the bishop´s ambitious political plans.
A cycle of dangerous intrigue begins for Raymond. Will he be framed for a murder he didn´t commit? Is Fermin the killer? Raymond realizes that his situation is much more dramatic than any of the stories he has invented so far. And he discovers that to love another man´s wife is not only a painful experience, but also extremely dangerous..
The Shadow Of The Cloister
Cologne, Germany 1193: Brother Ulrich of the monastery of Saint Albo is burdened with an important task. The skull of Saint Albo has been stolen, the only existing relic of the monastery’s founder. He is certain that one of the many racketeer relic traders around Cologne is responsible for the theft. Ulrich must find the perpetrator and bring back the skull. But for the timid Brother Ulrich, Cologne is a nightmare full of sinister characters with twisted lanes and alleys where even an army could lose their way.
Supported by the mischevious singer Rinaldo and the depressed crusader Jörg, Ulrich hesitantly enters Cologne ...
... and encounters a mysterious young woman who has only one goal in life: to murder him.
The Florentine Bride
Northern Italy in the 16th century: Lorenzo Ghirardi, bodyguard to a wealthy Florentine merchant, is sent to pick up his master’s future daughter-in-law at an agreed meeting point. Upon arrival, he realizes he is too late. The young woman´s travel party has been ambushed by bandits. The scene is gruesome, only looted wagons and slain travelers remain. The fiancee is nowhere to be found. She obviously has been kidnapped, presumably for ransom.
Lorenzo finds out that the bandits responsible for this are the infamous Wolf Pack, feared by everybody. His only chance to free her is to infiltrate the bandit group from within. He must join the outlaws .... and face memories he has fought to forget for most of his life.
The Gates Of Eternity
The year is 1250. Emperor Federico II. is dead and the Roman Empire is in uproar. Rogers de Bezers, a Cathar heretic, learns about the emperor´s last and most guarded secret when he tries to help a dying knight. This knowledge will change his life forever.
Meanwhile, Sister Elspeth, a Cistercian, sets out to establish a new convent in the wilds of the Frankonian Steigerwald. Her motivation is to create a safe haven for one of her sisters. The Catholic Church condemns this young girl and her visions, accusing her of heresy, punishable by death. Elspeth´s plans meet with opposition from the citizens of the nearby town. So, when three strangers arrive, she is only too glad to summon their help.
Little does she know that one of these men is Rogers de Bezers, a man with plans of his own and already one of the most hunted men in the Empire.
The Last Of The Paladins
778 AD, Europe: Roland, the youngest of Charlemagne’s elite warriors, the Paladins, is to marry Arima, the orphaned daughter of a Pyreneen lord and sole heir to a strategically important castle. When Arima meets Roland, it is love at first sight on his side. Unfortunately, Arima is already deeply in love with another man, Afdza Asdaq. As General of the Spanish Moors, he stands at the brink of war with Charlemagne´s Frankish empire.
Afdza and Roland develop a deep friendship despite their rivalry for Arima. Arima is truly puzzled by their intimate relationship. Their dark, old secret becomes apparent when war breaks out between the Franks and the Moors. Suddenly Roland and Afdza are bitter enemies who must fight each other to the death.
The Wrath of Heaven
„The wrath of God came down upon the lands at dawn.
I came with a horrendous noise, as if heaven itself was torn in two. It came with fierce bolts of lightning piercing the earth. Every inch of ground was flooded by torrential rains. It came with such violence that no one could question God’s anger. The profanity of emperor and pope, of knight and priest, of wealthy man and beggar had caused this fury. But it was only a prelude for what was to come“.
This novel is a fast-paced medieval thriller about Europe´s most disastrous flood in the year 1342. References to historical facts and a description of the making of the novel are included.
The Crown Of Fate
They called the gem „Orphanus“ – the orphan; the only one. It was the Imperial Crown´s most precious jewel. Legend claims it was formed from the Virgin Mary´s own blood and tears. The fate of Emperors and Empires rose and fell with this jewel. In the year 1208, it vanished without a trace.
As a young man, the famous singer Walther von der Vogelweide stole the Orphanus for his king in 1204. He even composed a well known song about the stone, describing it as a guiding star for all rulers. Walther was unaware that all of his deeds would lead to disaster.
Twenty years later an emperor in peril remembers the stone: Federico II, one of the most loved and hated rulers of the Middle Ages. Convinced that the aged troubadour knows something about the whereabouts of the jewel, he forces him on a quest for the stone. Walther, who is bitterly disappointed from fate and love, summons his former best friends to aid him on his mission. And so, four elderly men with little to lose set out one last time to do a knight’s holy duty: find adventure and find his own Holy Grail.
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