Pope Luna, The Rescue of a Forgotten Pontiff. Investigating a robbery that resurrected the legend of a historical character. By J. D. Pastor and Octavio Rani, Madrid, 2010.
Hardcover binding with gold titles and illustrated jacket. Format 17.5 x 24.5 cm. 238 pages.
The arguments with which famous writers or novices begin to weave on the pages of their works have had the most disparate cradles. On this occasion, two civil guards assigned to the Central Operative Unit (UCO) and with a great deal of experience in criminal investigations have recovered for the readers the already declassified files of a robbery investigated by the Historical Patrimony Group of the Guard Civil. The robbery of the skull of Pope Benedict XIII, better known as Papa Luna, committed in 2000 in a palace house in the town of Saviñán and recovered months later, is the thread of the plot.
The life of Pope Luna was marked by the vehemence with which he defended his papacy during the Schism of the West (1378-1417) and to which he did not resign, not even on his deathbed in 1423 in the castle of Peñíscola, With that, he paid with the excommunication dictated by the Pontiff of Rome.
European kings and lords, confronted by the figure of this singular and brilliant man, while stubborn and unshakable in defending his criteria, now see under his tombs as the figure of the man who made famous the phrase “remained in His thirteen … “, returns from oblivion to which everything and everyone submits time, the hand of civil guards JD Pastor and Octavio Rani, who have decided to capture in this novel the exciting research that concluded with the recovery of the stolen skull.
Valentina, an agent of the Historical Patrimony Group of the Central Operative Unit of the Civil Guard, is assigned, together with the rest of his companions, the mission to find out the whereabouts of a skull stolen in 2000 from a palace house of Saviñán (Saragossa), skull that in times more fortunate for its descabezado master, became the one of the very Benedict XIII, Pope of the Catholic Church.
Pope Luna; Vicente Ferrer, one of the most brilliant Dominicans of his time; Soul, young atypical dreamer in form and modes; Framework; Hugo and some other person, they will have to defend the papal dignity of the man who for almost forty years had in check the Christianity defending a right to which he did not resign even on his deathbed in the papal see of Peñíscola, the languid ones ninety years.
The two distant epochs, XV and XXI in which events unfold, are intertwined through fictional and real characters, make-up and exact data, fantasy and reality, which make this novel a fresh and attractive work, deserving of its reading.
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