Troubador Alaric's Gold

Released: 18/12/2014

eISBN: 9781784628758

Format: eBook

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Alaric's Gold


Does a river bed in southern Italy still conceal a priceless hoard of Roman treasure that was buried in the grave of Alaric the Goth just months after his warlike hordes had sacked Rome in 410 AD? Set in modern day Italy, this is the light-hearted story about the recovery of that treasure. The cast includes a roguish Prime Minister, his favourite escort girl, dissolute diplomats, corrupt police officers and the mafia, while the action involves a helicopter jail break, kidnappings, a shoot-out with the mafia, and the discovery of a hoard of riches from the ancient world. On one level this is a light and amusing tale set in the present day, but on another level it draws on genuine historical records to point the way to one of the richest graves in antiquity – a grave that had been constructed in a river bed after its waters had been diverted ‘by the labour of a captive multitude’, a grave containing ‘the splendid spoils and trophies of Rome’; one whose secrecy was assured by the ‘inhuman massacre of the prisoners who had been employed to execute the work’ – and one about which the world appears largely to have forgotten. Quotes are taken from Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics: June 2000)

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Robert Fortune


If you have read ALARIC'S GOLD, I hope you enjoyed it. You can find out much more about the background to the book and why I wrote it on my web-site.

See the link below.

If you are still deciding whether to invest your £2.99, let me see if I can persuade you . . .

On one level this is a light and amusing adventure that will take you to Venice, Rome and southern Italy.

You will travel in the company of a disparate band of characters - a roguish Italian Prime Minister, his favourite escort girl, dissolute British diplomats, corrupt police officers and the mafia.

A dramatic series of events including kidnappings, a helicopter jail break and a shoot out with the mafia, culminate in the discovery of a priceless hoard of treasure that was concealed in the river-bed tomb of Alaric the Goth who died just months after he had conquered and looted Rome in 410 AD.

The grave is yet to be discovered. Woven into this tale are actual details taken from the ancient texts that point to the likely location of what could be one of the richest burials in history.

The River Busento, Cosenza, Italy.
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