My latest book, The Prophecies, explores the lives of two extraordinary people – Henri Gillard, an unconventional Catholic priest who was fascinated by astrology and the Arthurian stories, and who created a church dedicated to the Holy Grail in Brittany, and Geneviève Zaepffel, who seemed to possess genuine powers of seership, predicting accurately all sorts of world events, including the dropping of the atom bomb and the Holocaust.
But like most of us, they were complicated characters, with flaws as well as virtues, and they both made mistakes which cost them dearly. Did Geneviève lose her powers when she fell in love? (Who is interested in the future when they’re in love?) Should Gillard have commissioned those paintings from the German soldier who produced them?
In 1943 she warned Europe that they would have to deal with waves of immigration from Africa. In 1948 Geneviève apparently said, ‘The Muslims will surprise us all.’ It’s hard to know whether such statements are educated guesses or examples of her prophetic power.
In my book, I have taken these two larger-than-life real characters and introduced a third fictional character, a Luftwaffe pilot, to ask that age-old but productive question “What if?”