|About the Book|
In 258 B.C., in the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, a powerful and magnanimous man known widely as the Wise Man, or Magus, pens a malediction on a crisp new goatskin parchment.In 9th century A.D. Ireland, a Druid priestess records the history of her people... MoreIn 258 B.C., in the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, a powerful and magnanimous man known widely as the Wise Man, or Magus, pens a malediction on a crisp new goatskin parchment.In 9th century A.D. Ireland, a Druid priestess records the history of her people in the secret, written-only language of Ogham.In the mid-17th century, in what would become Germany, a noblewoman risks charges of heresy when she takes pen in hand to record her doubts regarding the authenticity of Christianity.Question: What do these three historically and geographically disparate texts have in common? Answer: They all occupy the same space. A palimpsest. “washed” clean and re-used time and again. However, there is no solvent powerful enough to eradicate the powerful curse it has carried through the centuries into the present time.Twenty-first century scientists in a lab in Hastings, England, must decipher the parchment’s layers before it takes another life. A multi-layered tale that spans a wide swath of enigmatic history and riveting suspense, The Sulzbach Palimpsest, onion-like, reveals it layers as cutting edge scientific techniques decode, and translators unravel the ancient, extinct languages both baffling and alarming in their content.As the scripto inferior or, “underwriting”, is revealed, the team is not exempt from the horror of what lies beneath. One by one, each is affected in varying degrees. Illness, injury, pain and death mark the journey of these brilliant dedicated scientists as they apply their cutting edge technology and powerful equipment to the project.