Thanks to the suggestion of my readers, I’ve decided to post visuals of some of the objects and places that appear in the Nicholas Branson novels. I’ll start with The Brothers’ Keepers and go chronologically through the book. There will be no spoilers here, so if you haven’t read the novels don’t worry. These posts are intended both as visual aids for readers of the books as well as enticements to check them out.
Let’s start with the document that brings Jesuit Nicholas Branson into the FBI’s investigation of Senator Caldwell’s murder. The document inspired a sketch by a 12th century French priest, Lambert of St. Omer. Supposedly, the Knights Templar unearthed several documents dating back to the time of Jesus beneath the ruins of the Temple in Jerusalem after the city was captured from Muslims in 1099. The members of the First Crusade then went on to slaughter the Muslim and Jewish inhabitants of the city. The Knights Templar traveled to France to show the documents to Lambert, a renowned scholar of the day, who made a sketch of one of the documents. Lambert’s drawing is currently housed at the University Library of Ghent in Belgium and can be viewed by clicking here.
The names written next to the twelve towers are meant to depict the pillars of early Jewish-Christianity. Some believe they refer to the Twelve Apostles. In The Brothers’ Keepers, Nicholas Branson detects a crucial difference between the names of the people in Lambert’s drawing and those on the original scroll unearthed by the Templars. It is the original scroll that is found on Senator Caldwell’s desk after he is murdered.
Thank you to all the readers of the Nicholas Branson novels. The Bookbub promotion for The Brothers’ Keepers was a huge success and I’m thrilled to have the book in the hands of so many readers. I’m hard at work on the third novel in the series and hope to have it out by the Fall of 2018. People who wish to purchase The Brothers’ Keepers: A Nicholas Branson Novel–Book 1 and/or Killing John the Baptist: A Nicholas Branson Novel–Book 2 can do so by clicking on these links:
THE BROTHERS’ KEEPERS:
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2qSAVIL
KILLING JOHN THE BAPTIST:
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2hBuvvb