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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
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.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a young unknown pharoah remained, beneath his golden mask, in the darkness of a tomb deep in the Valley of the Kings. His name was Tutankhamun. He had lain undisturbed for a thousand years until two men, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the tomb and wrested him from obscurity in an attempt to solve his riddle. Jealousy, betrayal, intrigue and madness: the Tutankhamun Affair was about to begin. Christian Jacq tells the incredible true story of the strange curse of Tutankhamen which was to cause havoc among its unfortunate victims for the next half-century.
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.