Jehan de Vézelay ou Jean de Jérusalem (1042-1119) serait, un Templier qui aurait participé à la libération de Jérusalem en 1099, conquise vingt ans plus tôt par les Turcs. C’est au cours de son séjour dans la Ville Sainte qu’il rédigea son recueil prophétique appelé «Protocole secret des prophéties». D’après M. Galvieski, selon le manuscrit de Loubianka, Jean de Jérusalem serait l’enfant du monastère bénédictin...
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The story is a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Cambridge professor Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. The journey is triggered by a mysterious package left to Leo by his father, to be opened on his 25th birthday; the package contains an ancient shard of pottery and several documents, suggesting an ancient mystery about the Vincey family. Holly and Leo eventually arrive in eastern Africa where they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha, who reigns as the all-powerful "She" or "She-who-must-be-obeyed" and who has a mysterious connection to young Leo.
Ayesha is a 2,000 year old woman and still looks marvelous for her age , lives in the middle of Africa during the 1800's, rules a remote tribe of hungry cannibals, people have strange taste. When Englishmen arrive in her barbaric land, with hidden wealth , instead of being eaten, are saved by the impressive Queen. Leo is one of the tireless explorers and the fierce She, believes he is a reincarnation of a former great love.
In this work, Rider Haggard developed many of the conventions of the lost world subgenre, which many later authors emulated.