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Christian Jacq, born in Paris in 1947, was thirteen years old when he read a work that was to change the course of his life: The History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization, by Jacques Pirenne. Jacq was already an occasional poet, and this reading inspired him to start his first novel. In the following five years, he wrote eight novels, beginning a literary career that has resulted in over fifty books. With a doctorate in Egyptian Studies from the Sorbonne, Christian Jacq established his academic reputation in numerous scholarly articles and became a producer for one of France's leading radio stations. His first successful novel was Champollion the Egyptian, published in 1987. He and his wife have also founded and now head the Ramses Institute, which is dedicated to creating a photographic description of Egypt for the preservation of endangered archaeological sites. In 1995, he began his five-volume account of the life of Ramses II. An international bestseller, the five volumes are being published in twenty-four countries.
Christian Jacq is pre-eminent in everything Egyptian in the historical sense. His bestselling Ramses series launched his career and now, in the first of a new four book series, in the temple of Abydos, an acacia tree is dying. Its death threatens all of Egypt. Can Iker and Sesostris, the weak young boy and the great man of power, succeed in preventing Osiris from dying for the last time, thereby saving Egypt? Comparisons: Paul Doherty
Der legendare Pharao Ramses II. gilt als einer der groten Herrscher der Weltgeschichte. In den 66 Jahren seiner Regentschaft von 1279 bis 1213 v.Chr. fuhrte er das altagyptische Reich zu einem beispiellosen Hohepunkt politischer und kultureller Macht. Der grandiose Romanzyklus des beruhmten Agyptologen Christian Jacq ist ein internationaler Bestseller. Im ersten Band erzahlt er die Jugend des Thronfolgers. "e;Hofintrigen, Magie, Verrat, Verschwrung. Christian Jacq versteht es, historische Tatsachen zu einer spannenden Geschichte zu verweben, und liefert einen berwltigend detailreichen und authentischen Eindruck vom altgyptischen Alltagsleben."e; (Welt am Sonntag)
Der junge Thronfolger Ramses im Kampf gegen Verrat, Intrigen und finstere Mordplane! Unterstutzt von seiner klugen Frau Nefertari, seiner erfahrenen Mutter Tuja und wenigen treuen Freunden, kampft er um den Thron und wird schlielich Pharao.
Nach seiner glanzvollen Thronbesteigung hatte Ramses von einer friedvollen Regierungszeit getraumt. Er wollte Agypten zu einem reichen, glucklichen Land machen. Doch der junge Pharao muss sich nicht nur seiner intriganten Feinde im Inneren erwehren, er muss auch der Bedrohung durch die Hethiter mutig entgegentreten. Mit zwanzigtausend Fusoldaten und einer Eliteeinheit von Streitwagenlenkern zieht er gen Osten. Vor der Stadt Kadesch am Orontes lockt der Hethiterkonig Muwatalli die Agypter in einen Hinterhalt.
Trotz der siegreichen "e;Schlacht von Kadesch"e; war es Ramses nicht gelungen, die kriegerischen Hethiter dauerhaft zu unterwerfen. Erneut steht der Pharao mit seinen Truppen in Feindesland. Am Hof sind uberdies seine Gegner hartnackig am Werk. Vor allem sein machthungriger Bruder Chenar, seine doppelzungige Schwester Dolente und der libysche Magier Ofir. In Nubien entgeht das Konigspaar nur mit knapper Not todlichen Fallen. Der Pharao will seiner unzerstorbaren Liebe zu Nefertari ein Denkmal setzen - zwei Felsentempel in Abu Simbel. Noch wei Ramses nicht, welch furchtbarer Schicksalsschlag ihn dort erwartet.
Ramses hat Agypten zu groem Wohlstand gefuhrt. Doch auere Anfeindungen gefahrden den Frieden. Unter Androhung eines neuen Krieges drangt ihn Hattuschili, der Konig der Hethiter, seine Tochter zur Gemahlin zu nehmen. Und die nach Rache durstenden Libyer zetteln einen Aufstand an. Der letzte Band von Christian Jacqs weltberhmter Romanbiographie. "e;Stimmungsvoller als an Ramses' Seite knnte heute ein gypten-Reisender kaum durch das Land der Pyramiden geleitet werden."e; (WAZ)
Vienna 1789. A season of darkness has spread throughout Europe as the French Revolution stirs up civil unrest and provokes fear among the authorities. Struggling to makes ends meet, and plagued by a never ending assault from his enemies, Wolgang Amadeus Mozart is determined to fulfil his destiny, as foretold in the ancient secrets of the Pharaohs. Supported by his friend Thamos, Count of Thebes, and encouraged by the Masonic Lodge, Mozart finds the energy to accomplish his greatest work - The Magic Flute, which will reveal the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris to the world and pave the way to enlightenment. But the ultimate test approaches...
Thamos, Count of Thebes, one of the last members of a spiritual brotherhood keeping alive the secrets of the pharaohs, has been assigned the mission to find and protect the 'Great Magician', a genius whose works will save humanity. Believing that he has found the One in popular young musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he succeeds in initiating him in the Masonic rites inspired by the Egyptian Great Mysteries. Now Mozart has thrown himself into the rituals, in which he finds inspiration for two new operas - Figaroand Don Giovanni. In love, and the father of a young son, Mozart's career is advancing, the commissions keep flowing in and famous singers knock on his door . . . until new menaces cast a shadow over his future. Menace from the powers-that-be, who fear the influence of the Masonic Lodges and put them under police surveillance; Menace, too, from jealous musicians - such as Salieri, who makes an attempt to sabotage Mozart's concerts. Mozart resists and fights back, but will he manage to survive when the greater threat of war with the Ottoman Empire draws near?
First a symphony and then a song . . . Mozart can never stop composing. It's as if his life depends on it. But this deeply angers his employer, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, who will not tolerate the slightest disobedience. So the rebellious young musician decides to get away from the court of his oppressive patron once and for all by moving to Vienna, where he will finally meet the love of his life, Constance Weber. Meanwhile, Thamos, Count of Thebes and Mozart's ever-faithful Egyptian companion, accompanies him to the city. One of the last members of a spiritual brotherhood, keeping alive the secrets of the pharaohs, his mission is to find and protect the 'Great Magician' foretold by Osiris, a genius whose works will save humanity. Convinced that he has found the one in young Mozart, there is no time to lose in instructing his young protege in the Masonic rites inspired by the Egyptian Great Mysteries. But in doing so, Thamos and Mozart find themselves in great danger. For the governing powers will not tolerate what they take to be the first steps towards revolution . . .
Thamos, Count of Thebes, is the last keeper of an eternal knowledge, keeping alive the secrets of the pharaohs. Now he has been entrusted with a vital mission. He must leave Egypt for the cold lands of Europe to find and protect the 'Great Magician', a genius whose works will save humanity from chaos. When he encounters a child prodigy, a six-year-old composer lauded throughout Prague, Vienna and Frankfurt, Thamos senses that he's found the one. Is this young musician really the 'Great Magician' foretold by Osiris, the one who can pass on the light of the East to humanity? And if he is, can Thamos succeed in saving the boy from the traps that lie in wait for him?
London,1821. Recently returned from Egypt, the adventurer Giovanni Belzoni enthrals Londoners with the city's first exhibition devoted to Egyptian art. As he unveils his star exhibit, a mummy so perfectly preserved it seems almost alive, there is a collective intake of breath. The astonishing spectacle provokes an immediate scandal: a hysterical preacher demands the destruction of this pagan relic; an elderly Lord wants to feed it to his dogs; a pathologist wishes to keep the body in order to study this fascinating phenomenon. But the following night the mummy disappears -- and the preacher, the Lord and the pathologist are murdered. For the country's foremost detective, Inspector Higgins, the prime suspect is none other than the mummy itself. He is also convinced that the mummy's disappearance is closely linked to the revolutionary conspiracy causing unrest in London's most squalid districts. Assisted by the beautiful Lady Suzanna, will Inspector Higgins succeed in solving the puzzle before the mummy's inescapable judgement?
After receiving an anonymous letter, New York lawyer Mark Wilder arrives in Cairo to learn the shocking news that he is the illegitimate son of Howard Carter, the famous British archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb. Before he died in mysterious circumstances, Carter informed Abbot Pacomas, the last descendant of the great priests of Amon, that only his lost son could continue his life's quest: to find the papyrus hidden in Tutankhamun's burial place and reveal its contents to the world. No archive mentions this lost papyrus, archaeologists deny its very existence, mystical forces unleash themselves to protect it. It has become a legend - just like the curse that claims all those who disturb the pharaoh's eternal slumber. The quest to uncover Tutankhamun's final secret is fraught with danger. And as he attempts to complete his father's mission, Mark finds himself facing new enemies Howard Carter could never have foreseen, including the CIA and the Egyptian police.
Summoned to investigate the mysterious deaths of five guards standing watch over the great tomb of Kheops, a young novice judge finds himself embroiled in a hotbed of greed and corruption. For Judge Pazair's refusal to sign a document he doesn't understand has led him to uncover a monstrous plot to assassinate the pharaoh, Ramses the Great. With the aid of Neferet, the woman he loves, and his blood brother, the former scribe Suri, Pazair sets out to expose the truth, solve a series of brutal murders and thwart a brazen attempt to overthrow the State. But can he stay alive in the process?
528 BC. In a tormented Egypt, threatened both by the Greeks' over-mighty influence and the Persians' desire for conquest, the struggle for power has taken the form of a deadly conspiracy - and young scribe Kel finds himself unjustly accused of murder, the helpless scapegoat at the centre of a sinister intrigue of State. As he strives to prove his innocence, the only person Kel can rely on is Nitis, the beautiful priestess with whom he is deeply in love. But then Nitis vanishes, and Kel throws himself into a desperate quest to find her, his destiny and that of Egypt inexorably bound together. Will he survive long enough to uncover the truth, expose the conspirators and restore his good name? Nothing is certain. For when human beings choose to follow a path paved with violence and death, they cannot avoid the vengeance of the gods.
The young scribe Iker has finally realised that, in pursuing Pharaoh Senusret with his hatred, he chose the wrong target. The real enemy, the one who is attacking the Tree of Life at Abydos, is in fact the Herald, that baleful individual who is rallying troops on the border in order to invade Egypt and annihilate her. Now Senusret has entrusted Iker with a particularly dangerous mission: to enter Canaan and discover the Herald's lair ... Who can save Egypt now? Senusret - constantly faced with savage assassination attempts? Iker - fighting on a thousand fronts to prevent the traitor from succeeding? Or the beautiful priestess Isis who perhaps - deep in her heart - will find the means to pacify the spirit of the Nile?
The first in a new trilogy by Christian Jacq, BENEATH THE PYRAMID is a gripping novel of suspense which takes place during the reign of Ramses the Great. A young, intelligent, incorruptible novice judge, Pazair, is called to Memphis to investigate the mysterious deaths of five guards standing watch over the sphinx at Giza. His inquiries unearth a plot to overthrow Ramses, and with the help of Souti, a former scribe, and the beautiful Nefertet, a young doctor, he sets out to discover the truth.
980 B.C. Having succeeded in bringing peace and prosperity to his people, King Solomon, the son of David, is determined to build a magnficient temple on the rock of Jerusalem. A temple where the sacred Ark of the Covenant could be housed. A temple to rival in splendour the great pyramids of Egypt: a land he both loathed and admired. As no Hebrew craftsman could succeed in such an enterprise, Solomon summoned an expert mason from Phoenicia: Master Hiram, a strange, solitary man well-versed in the innovative techniques of Egyptian architecture. So began an uneasy friendship between the King and the craftsman. A friendship which bridged two very different cultures and civilisations. A friendship thrown in turmoil when the two men fell in love with the same woman: Balkis, the beautiful Queen of Sheba.
Born in the small French town of Figeac in 1790, Jean-Francois Champollion was to become famous as the man who first discovered the meaning of hieroglyphs. This remarkable novel tells the story of his extraordinary trip to Egypt in 1828 on a quest to prove the truth of his groundbreaking theories and to save the treasures of the pharaohs from destruction. Egypt in the early 19th centure was a land of legends and miracles - and a land full of danger. Heading a team of reaserchers as he travelled from site to site, from Alexandria to Abu Simbel, the man they called 'the Egyptian' faced formidable enemies determined to prevent him from succeeding in his mission. With a historian's eye for detail and a potent imagination, Christian Jacq tells the incredible true story of this man of action and dedicated scholar, the father of modern Egyptology.
They built a civilization ahead of its time, and dominated the ancient world. They defined an era of war, love, passion, power, and betrayal. They were a people of mystery whose secrets have turned to dust -- but who inspire our awe and wonder even to this day...The ancient EgyptiansThey showed us how to live. And how to die.Christian Jacq, author of the international triumph Ramses, brings the people and the passions of ancient Egypt ot life in an enthralling epic novel in four volumes.The Stone of LightVolume II: The Wise WomanRamses the Great is dead. His son, Merenptah, is the new Pharoah. And the forbidden village that hides the Stone of Light, the great jewel of the ancient lands, is in turmoil. Ramses had protected this hidden, prestigious city and its legendary treasure; now, the future is not so clear...As bands of artist and craftsmen race to complete the Great Pharoah's tomb, their work is overseen by an extraordinary and respected master builder. His wife, gifted with beauty, courage, and healing powers, has come to be called the Wise Woman. But can she conquer the deadly traps that have been set for the master builder and his crews by a ruthless enemy?
They built a civilization ahead of its time, and dominated the ancient world. They defined an era of war, love, passion, power, and betrayal.They were a people of mystery whose secrets have turned to dust -- but who inspire our awe and wonder even to this day...THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS THEY SHOWED US HOW TO LIVE. AND HOW TO DIE.Christian Jacq, author of the international triumph Ramses, brings the people and the passions of ancient Egypt to life in an enthralling epic novel in four volumes.THE STONE OF LIGHTVolume I: NEFER THE SILENTDeep in the heart of the Upper Egyptian desert lies a forbidden village, where bands of artisans prepare the tombs of the Pharaohs. Guarded by a handful of elite soldiers, the hidden city shelters the most precious of treasures: the Stone of Light, a legendary stone of magical power. When a devious military officer schemes to infiltrate the city and capture the sacred gem, his subversive plot is thwarted by an unlikely hero: a desert wanderer who falls into a maze of treachery and betrayal, desire and danger...
Despite the tremendous shock of the Battle of Kadesh, Ramses has not managed to bring the formidable Hittite might to its knees. Rather than continue the struggle, he decides to engage in negotiation.But more important than anything to Ramses is the love he bears the Great Royal Consort, and he decides to offer Nefertari the most fabulous of gifts: at Abu Simbel two temples will be built - symbols of their eternal love. Meanwhile shadows are gathering, from Nubia to the sovereign's own capital of Pi-Ramses and Ramses must come face to face with Moses, the childhood friend whom he had lost sight of for so many years: Moses, who has returned to Egypt to demand the exodus of the Hebrew people.
To save Egypt from the Hittites, Ramses II must face the might of their powerful army, whose weapons are vastly superior to Egypt's own. War seems inevitable, and it is at Kadesh, the impenetrable fortress of Northern Syria, that the first major battle is to take place.But how can Ramses prepare himself for such a battle when the health of his beloved royal wife, Nefertari, is failing rapidly? And how can he be vigilant at home in Egypt where a pro-Hittite underground network continues to grow?In order to save his dying Queen, Ramses needs to travel South in search of the Stone Goddess, but the imminent battle to save his entire civilization is to the North. Will Ramses' father, now a celestial god, answer his desperate pleas for help and guidance?
Ramses II, the Son of the Light, is about to reach his coronation. He has all he should need to become a great pharaoh: his wife Nefertari and his mother both love him unconditionally, and he enjoys great strength from solid friendships formed in childhood, especially that of the Hebrew Moses. And yet still the young pharaoh must fight to hold on to the throne. For lurking all around in the shadows are new conspiracies against him. Will he succeed in avoiding the traps set in his path by his older brother? Can he avert the black magic of a mysterious sorcerer and ward off the schemes of the Hittites?The ambushes accumulate and Ramses' defences are exhausted. To vanquish their enemies, visible and unseen, the royal couple resort to the only possible course of action - they build a Temple of a Million Years.