The Seven Steps To Mercy: Cracking the Shakespeare Code

This series tells the amazing story of Petter Amundsen, a Norwegian organist, who believes he has deciphered a secret code hidden in Shakespeare’s first folio. The code reveals a treasure map where mythical objects described in the bible and controversial manuscripts are hidden.

In this three part series, we learn how the map functions and about the codes often hidden in Renaissance art. We discover who might have wanted to hide the treasure and how they did it and journey across the world to a tiny island in Nova Scotia in search of the treasure. We follow Amundsen and Dr Robert Crumpton, a sceptical historian, on their quest to discover the truth. Also available as a film.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 3 x 52
  • Production: Videomaker & Arts Alliance
  • Director: Jorgen Friberg
  • Available Versions: ENG, ESP
  • Country of production: Norway

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