A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican.
In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades — a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter.
From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter — a lowly fisherman from Galilee, whom Christ made leader of his Church — was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. But his tomb had been lost to history. Now, funded anonymously by a wealthy American, a small army of workers embarked on the dig of a lifetime.
The incredible, sometimes shocking, story of the 75-year search and its key players has never been fully told — until now. The quest would pit one of the 20th century’s most talented archaeologists — a woman — against top Vatican insiders. The Fisherman’s Tomb is a story of the triumph of faith and genius against all odds.
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About the Author
John O’Neill is a lawyer and #1 New York Times bestselling author. He has spent much of his life visiting and researching early Christian sites. He is a 1967 graduate of the Naval Academy, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and senior partner at a large international law firm.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Visit 19
Chapter 2 George Strake 27
Chapter 3 Peter 37
Chapter 4 The Great Fire of Rome 41
Chapter 5 Vatican Hill 45
Chapter 6 Pius's Gamble 55
Chapter 7 Pope Pius XII and His Team 59
Chapter 8 The Clues in the Vatican Library 67
Chapter 9 Into the City of the Dead 73
Chapter 10 Inside the Tomb 79
Chapter 11 The Three Amigos 87
Chapter 12 Twelve The War 91
Chapter 13 The Flood and the Curse 103
Chapter 14 Margherita Guarducci 111
Chapter 15 The Inscriptions Speak 123
Chapter 16 The Bones Speak 129
Chapter 17 Ferrua's Revenge 133
Chapter 18 The Necropolis Uncovered 139
Chapter 19 Guarducci Alone: A New Beginning 145
Chapter 20 Return of the Apostle 155
Chapter 21 The Great Persecution and Helena 159
I The Inscriptions
II The Conroe Oil Field
III The Story of Vatican Hill
V The Hottest Ticket in Rome
Notes and Acknowledgments 185
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