Author Graham Bishop writes: Part of the inspiration for the cases Commissaire Pierre Rousseau has been involved with concerning the theft of ancient artefacts has been the historical background.
Achilles' Helmet is based on accounts in the# Iliad of the ashes of Patroclus and Achilles being buried in the same urn; in The Athenian Connection the theft of #icons is not a rare occurrence unfortunately and their history is fascinating; The Crusader's Chronicle is based on the true eyewitness account of Geofroi de Vinsauf, a knight who fought with Richard the Lionheart in the Holy Land and Return to the Parthenon is inspired by the difficulties of salvaging the wreck of the #Mentor which carried the first shipload of the #Elgin #Marbles and which sank off the island of #Kythira.
As with any semi-historical novel there is the addition of the imagination of the writer, but the basic historical origins of the stories are based on good sources.
Sample all four first chapters for #free on the Vidocq Press website. All four books are available for download on #Kindle.