Axel S. Meyer, born 1968 in Brunswick, studied German and history. During his studies he worked as a cartoonist. He lives in Rostock, where he works as a reporter and editor of the Ostsee-Zeitung. Axel S. Meyer won Rowohlt’s Historical Novel of the Year prize for his debut The Book of Sins in 2009. He expertly combines fiction and history and creates exciting books: for fans of Bernard Cornwell.
THE TRADING HOUSE
Stettin, 1566: the Loytz trading house is one of northern Europe’s richest. But following the death of the family patriarch, sons Michael and Stephan fall out, vying for control of the company. The two brothers are also rivals in love for the affections of the beautiful Leni. Despite her love for Stephan, Leni’s father marries her off to Michael.
Set in an age dominated by the War of the Three Crowns and the downfall of the once powerful Hanseatic League, the Loytz brothers fight for the future of their trading house in their bitter family feud – and against an old arch-enemy, the mighty prince-elector Joachim von Brandeburg…