An Ancient Parchment… A Chance Discovery… and a secret that could topple the Holy Mother Church.
AD 104: Domitian is emperor, and Clement the First has been murdered. A Roman noblewoman flees for her life – but not to escape Domitian and his newfound lust to persecute Christians. Her enemies are those she once called ‘brothers’. Hidden beneath her blue cloak are secrets these men will kill for – forgeries that prove the newly self-appointed bishops are not followers of the way, but pretenders who have seized power and will stop at nothing to shape the Church to their own ends. Now, this woman – a woman who had once walked with the Magdalene and Paul himself must preserve the legacies of the apostles in the face of terrifying danger.
Today: As the dusky pink sun illuminates Michelangelo’s magnificent dome, two famed archaeologists, Valentina Vella and Erika Simone stumble upon an ancient parchment buried deep within the vaults of the Vatican archives. They have uncovered an ancient conspiracy – a conspiracy which, if revealed, could topple 2,000 years of Church doctrine and destroy the papacy. The choice is stark. Bury the evidence or risk taking on an all-powerful male hierarchy with the power to destroy their careers, and even their lives.
Three women connected by two intertwined stories of treacherous political intrigues, ancient cover-ups, and savage vengeance. A Roman noblewoman named Julia is swept into the forefront of a rising movement only to be destroyed by the men who would silence her. As Valentina and Erika struggle to restore her legacy they are caught in the crossfire of a venomous Vatican battle for power and absolute authority. Who will win, and at what cost?
Fans of The Da Vinci Code, The Red Tent, and The Confessions of Young Nero will enjoy thisriveting historical novel spanning Western History from the days of the Roman Empire through to the present day political intrigues of the modern Vatican.
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Diane Cummings is a California girl, a UCLA alum, and is currently sweating in Atlanta, Georgia, with the world’s smallest Persian cat. Diane has worked as a reporter and news director. Deciding that truth was too much stranger than fiction, she turned in her microphone and press pass and set about applying her passion for writing and editing to the world of literature. Diane has edited or ghostwritten more than fifty titles – and now she wants her name on the cover. The Vatican Chronicle Trilogy has encompassed six years of research, writing, and polishing and she hopes you enjoy Book 1 – The Mystery of Julia Episcopa as much as she has enjoyed writing it.
John Ignatius Rigoli’s experiences as both a cradle Catholic and former US Naval officer informed his world view in a rather unexpected manner, opening his eyes to the proposition that those who seek power are the last people who should hold it. John is an unabashed social justice advocate, outspoken liberal, and a patriot – and he sees no dichotomy in this. As a talented and inquisitive amateur historian, John became interested in the stories of the earliest women in the Church, and how they have been erased. Though a work of historical fiction, The Vatican Chronicles takes its inspiration from the real women throughout history who toiled unacknowledged alongside their brothers.
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