The Crypt from Carrier of the Mark is where The Order keep all of their antiquities and hide all knowledge of or the Order to protect its existence. In the book, the crypt is the remnants of the old All Hallows monastery that was there before Trinity. Now it’s buried deep in the college’s foundations.
But the inspiration for the crypt actually came from a different location. Let me introduce you to the most stunning of cathedrals, Christ Church, Dublin. Christ Church was founded in 1028! But it’s been rebuilt and added to over the centuries.
Growing up in Dublin, I used drive under the amazing Christ Church arch every time I went into the city. I was fascinated by this stunning building as a child. On a school tour when I was then, we went to see the Christ Church crypt and that visit imprinted on my mind.
The crypt is awesome. It’s the largest in Britain and Ireland. It was built around 1172. This amazing place has haunted me and was the inspiration for the Orders Crypt. Its stunning arched ceilings, little tunnels, and creepy staircases are from another time, and stay with you. The crypt is also home to the famous ‘Cat and the Rat’. The Cat and the Rat are two mummified animals that were found in the Organ pipes. They got stuck there and died in the chase position and were mummified in the super dry air of the Cathedral.
And wait until you hear this! The heart of Lorcán Ua Tuathail also known as St Laurence, (Arch Bishiop of Dublin 1161) is preserved and is on display there. Ew!
Another interesting thing about the Crypt at Christchurch… if you want to hold party or wedding reception there, you can! Yes, nothing like doing your wedding speech in a dark glowing crypt, telling jokes over the ghostly whisper of a mummified cat’s Meow. Only in Dublin. Love it!
The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.
But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.
About the author:
Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Cork in her twenties. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, Carrier of the Mark, was conceived. She promptly abandoned her “riveting” career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks, her manuscript hit the coveted top-five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the United States.