The historical details in The Book of Hours are all true. The Jewish Menorah was last seen in the cellars of the Vatican; important illuminated manuscripts have been missing for years from the Sforza Book of Hours and from the legendary library of King Matthias Corvinus and have recently resurfaced; the central panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s most famous triptych is indeed missing;  Jerusalem’s  Temple Mount is, in the recent words of the Economist, “one of the world’s most explosive bits of real-estate.” It only requires a few well-organised, well-funded fanatics – who really exist and are hard at work – to rebuild the Temple. Only a few people have the skills and the knowledge to stop them…

ALEX BORGER spent several years travelling the world and researching in the archives of Europe, including those of the Vatican. He does occasional investigative assignments into business and government corruption, as well as historical scandals and anomalies. His previous work is published anonymously.