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Elisabeth de Moreau d’Andoy is the second child of Jean, the third son of Baron Adolphe de Moreau d’Andoy. Jean, a lawyer, and for a while the youngest mayor in Belgium, was a hero of the Resistance in Belgium. He died as a political prisoner at the Dora concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany, during December of 1944. She was born on March 15th, 1944, at the family castle of Andoy, in the Municipality of Wierde, Province of Namur, Belgium.

Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy’s grandfather was a general in the Belgian army and the eldest son of Baron Alphonse de Moreau d’Andoy who served several times as Minister for King Leopold the 2nd of Belgium.

Her mother is Gabrielle d’Hoffschimdt, eldest daughter of François d’Hoffschmidt and Countess Juliette de Pinto.

Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy is a direct descendent of Charlemagne, and his second wife, Hildegarde. There was already a Count of Pinto who managed the defence of Charlemagne’s palace.

As a child, the author lived between the Castle of Andoy and the estate of her maternal grandfather, Recogne, near Bastogne, which was ravaged by the last German offensive during the Second World War. When she was 5 years old, her widowed mother married Baron Philippe de Thysebaert, who was a member of a prominent family from the same area of Namur.

For her first two years of school, Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy had a private teacher who came to the family home. She then attended the state school in Namur.

As soon as she could read, Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy started devouring anything she could lay her hands on. By the age of 12, she was reading the history and archaeology books her stepfather would leave on his bedside table. Many years later, he would become the first staunch supporter of her research on Charlemagne.

In secondary school, Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy chose to study classical Latin and Greek, but also studied English and Dutch. She passed her baccalaureate exam in Brussels during 1962 and then took up the study of law at Belgium’s University of Louvain. Soon after, Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy started travelling to visit archaeological sites. At that point, she realized she did not want to become a lawyer since she would have to limit herself to practicing in one country. Her curious mind, instead, compelled her to want to discover the rest of the world. She studied English in Oxford, England, then Dutch in Holland, and also took some courses in Spanish.

Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy started working as a translator in Brussels during 1965 and soon travelled to archaeological sites in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Starting in 1979, over a period of four years, she went all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and visited the most well known archaeological sites of Mexico, Central America, the regions of the Equator, Peru, Bolivia, and Egypt. But she was becoming more and more homesick and decided to go back to Europe.

Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy settled in the Province of Macerata, in the Le Marche region of Central Italy, in 1983, and resumed working as a translator. At this point, her life’s trajectory took an unusual turn. Going around the area where she had chosen to live, she realized that as far as the old buildings she was looking at were concerned, which officially date back to the 11th and 12th century, there was a gap of more than three hundred years between the official building dates and the actual building dates. But then the mystery remained about who had actually built them.

In 2004, she read, by chance, a book on Charlemagne written by Giovanni Carnevale, a retired Salesian priest in Macerata, already in his eighties by then. He had noticed the same buildings and had been studying the phenomenon for 25 years, during which time he made some extraordinary discoveries. Ms. de Moreau d’Andoy met with him and decided to carry out research based on his work. Since the results were mind-boggling, she decided to write a book so she could share this extraordinary information with the public. The author has been working six years, on this, her first book.

Elisabeth de Moreau d’Andoy is presently Secretary of the Study Committee on the Presence of the Carolingians in the Chienti Valley, and founding member of the Centro Studi di Corridonia.

She is also in permanent contact with the Medieval History Research Unit at the Free University of Brussels.

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