By Alex Archer, Steven Savile

The robbery of a whetstone from a Welsh museum and the homicide of a curate in the course of a grave theft look, initially, like random crimes. however the troubling deeds are associated by means of a precarious thread. An strange selection of infrequent and scattered British antiquities has develop into a target—and the relics' price lies in anything even more harmful than money…

Annja Creed, archaeologist and host of television's Chasing History's Monsters, is within the U.K. whilst her mentor, Roux, interrupts her sojourn with information of the thefts. He's definite that the 13 Treasures of england are sought after for his or her rumored strength. Roux projects Annja with finding and preserving the treasures earlier than the inaccurate individual unearths them, that means she needs to stand opposed to a lady fueled by means of insanity and the fires of her historic Celt blood—and a sword as strong and otherworldly as Annja's personal.

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Library, was built by To the north of the Rama I’s brother. The mondop is a model door panels inlaid of Angkor Wat in with mother-of-pearl, Cambodia which was Ramakien figure were salvaged from commissioned by outside chedi Ayutthaya’s Wat Rama IV to show his Borom Buddharam. people the scale and Inside, Buddhist scriptures are splendor of 12th-century stored in fine cabinets. Khmer architecture. The Royal Pantheon which houses statues of the Chakri THE LEGEND OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA kings was built to commemoThe most sacred image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha is rate the founding of the revered by kings and commoners alike.

The city of Phitsanulok. Among Although it failed to conquer the most prosperous of the Melaka, Ayutthaya gained control ancient kingdoms, Sukhothai over much of the peninsular was peaceful and stable, lasting Sukhothai-style region extending Tai authority 200 years with only nine rulers. Walking Buddha over Pattani, Kedah, and TIMELINE 1350 Kingdom of Ayutthaya established. Theravada Buddhism becomes the state religion 1238 First independent Tai state of Sukhothai founded King Ramkhamhaeng AD 1200 1369 Ayutthaya conquers Angkor Ayutthaya coin AD 1280 Ayutthaya soldier AD 1360 1279 Beginning of King 1300 Thai political control 1438 Sukhothai defeated; Ramkhamhaeng’s reign extends as far south as Nakhon Si Thammarat Ayutthaya most powerful state in the region AD 1440 THE HISTORY OF THAILAND Kelantan.

Ramakien Gallery Extending all around the cloisters are 178 panels depicting the complete story of the Ramakien (see p59). 1925–35) 1783 Work begins on Wat Phra Kaeo, Dusit Throne Hall, and Phra Maha Monthien 1750 1800 1855 New buildings epitomize fusion of Eastern and Western styles 1850 chooses to live in the Chitrlada Palace at Dusit. 1868– 1910), the last king to make major additions, involves 26 of his half-brothers in the renovation of the wat For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp290–94 and pp318–22 1932 Chakri Dynasty’s 150th year celebrated at palace 1982 Renovation of the complex BANGKOK 57 Phra Mondop (library) Green and blue glass mosaic adorns the exterior of the library.

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