Constantinople, May 1453: as the Byzantine Empire crumbles, Isaak and his family are entrusted with a silver reliquary carved with the figure of a weeping angel and this inscription: 'Behold the Proof of Chora, Container of the Uncontainable'. It holds proof of God's existence.
Istanbul, 1887: the local magistrate, Kamil Pasha, is plagued by thefts of antiquities that appear for sale in Europe within days.
In addition, there has been a series of murders in which the bodies bear the mark of angel's wings.
Could this be connected to the rumours of an ancient cult, the mythical text link between Christianity and Islam?
Jenny White is a social anthropologist and the author of numerous non-fiction works about Turkish society and politics. Born in Germany she emigrated to the United States as a child. Her previous novel, THE SULTAN'S SEAL, was translated into ten languages and published in twelve countries. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches social anthropology at Boston University as a tenured associate professor.
The Sultan's Seal (Bfmt Apr 07)