Le impronte dell'angelo
A novel that tells about an ancient world, when people in the roman empire spoke greek and in the christian churches they prayed some fantastic women, called Sophia (the Knowledge) or even Irene (the Peace). On this obscure century, the 11th of the christian age, suddenly it turns on a spotlight: an ancient chronicle found in the Four Winds Tower of Melfi's imperial castle, in southern Italy, makes possible an overlook on the one real saga of medieval Italy: the conquest of the South by the Normans. The Hauteville family, coming from Alesund, Norway, through Hauteville la Guichard (Cotentin, northern France), begin a long trip on the pilgrims road, to the St. Michael's sanctuary on the Gargano mount, in Apulia. Located on the same lay line of Mont Saint Michel (Normandy), St. Michael's Mount (Cornwall), Skellig Michael (Ireland) and the Beth El (Holy Land), the Angel becomes the Symbol of the meeting and Union between eastern and western culture: romans of Costantinople and Germans, barbarian people like Longobards, Franks and so. This wonderful melting pot realized in few decades (1018-1111) and in a close extention of land: southern Italy, where the borders between East and West, North and South were collocated. From that family they were born crusade heroes like Boemundus, or wonderful emperors like Friedrich II Hohenstaufen: a latin arabian with german blood. In the novel you can Aldo meet other interesting historical characters of that age, like the philosopher Michael Psellos, the architect monk William from Volpiano, the magician pope Gerbert de Aurillac or Ildebrando da Soana. Take a look!
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