Set against the vibrant backdrop of Renaissance Florence, Machiavelli must rely on his wits to navigate the currents of power and brutality, never knowing who he can trust. Niccolo thinks he can play the fox to outwit his enemies—but has he underestimated the lion? .
The Zorzi Affair: A Novel of Galileo's Italy#ad - The seventeenth century. The daughter of a Venetian patrician isn’t supposed to love science. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Zaneta Lucia faces a choice: the marriage arranged by her parents, or a life devoted to learning. But zaneta lucia secretly reads astronomy books while her mother pushes etiquette lessons.
Her secret is dangerous, and an instrument maker, an Inquisitor, and a bounty hunter all threaten to expose her. Can zaneta lucia write her own destiny?This coming-of-age story, set in seventeenth-century Italy, combines historical fiction with a hint of romance. Disguised as a boy, Zaneta Lucia runs away to Padua and enrolls at the university.
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Brimming with suspense and sensuality, RUTHLESS offers readers a glimpse into the intriguing yet brutal world of fourteenth century Italian life. She eventually finds temporary respite in the sordid world of prostitution, but the sobering reality of human cruelty destroys her innocence. Although she is handsomely compensated, she wants more—and she'll do whatever it takes to get it.
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Allegra: A Novel Set in the Italian RenaissanceC. De Melo #ad - In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome. Faced with a serious dilemma, she seeks the help of her scandalous friend, Bianca Cappello, lover of the powerful Francesco de' Medici. Note: this ebook is available in print, and includes a generous sample of the exciting prequel, SABINA.
Exceptionally talented, yet banned from the Florentine guilds, she devises a clever ruse in order to secretly ply her beloved craft. Resentful of the male-dominated society in which she lives, Allegra rejects all suitors in order to maintain her carefully constructed farce—until an embittered man with a tragic past melts her icy heart.
Allegra: A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance #ad - . 16th century florence, italy: Allegra Castagno harbors a secret so big that it can ruin her life and her father's reputation.
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Booklista girl as beautiful as simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle. The men of florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty.
IMPOSTOR: A Novel Set in the Kingdom of Naples#ad - Raised in a convent by the esteemed Sister Assunta, she has little contact with the outside world. Although she accepts his advice, an unexpected betrayal threatens to ruin her life. Moved by love for her ward, Valentina, the crafty nun convinces Celeste's only friend, to assume the identity of the bride.
Ferrante's friend and mentor, the fascinating Prince Raimondo di Sangro, offers the naïve Valentina valuable insight on how to overcome these obstacles. Marriage to the harsh nobleman poses difficult challenges. Set in naples, drama, italy during the age of Enlightenment, IMPOSTOR embodies the passion, and vibrancy that is "Bella Napoli.
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A Matter of Glass Palazzo Galileo Mysteries Book 1#ad - Is it really worth risking his life just for a discount on rent?Book One of the Palazzo Galileo Mysteries. But fortunes take time, so Paolo moves into the boarding house of an eccentric professor named Galileo. Paolo stumbles upon an assassination attempt and unwittingly takes sides in a conflict between the pope and the Venetians.
Though his father insists that he study law, Paolo plans to leave with a fortune in his pocket. Can you trust your senses? When your landlord is Galileo, you should question everything. Paolo serravalle is thrilled to leave behind his boring life in Rome—and his overbearing father—to attend the University of Padua.
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An unexpected betrayal leaves Sabina facing a potential scandal. 15th century florence, italy: Sabina Rossi's forced marriage comes to an abrupt end during the infamous Pazzi Conspiracy.
Guardia: A Novel of Renaissance Italy#ad - Guardia is a tale that weaves from the palaces of the Florentine elite to the hidden cells of the criminal underbelly, taverns and brothels, from urban markets, through the forlorn recesses of ancient ruins and across the verdant Tuscan countryside. When a mysterious body turns up on the banks of the arno in the seedy Ognissanti district, it is up to Mercurio Capolupo, investigator for the Bargello and officer of the Otto di Guardia e Balia, to determine the victim's identity and solve the riddle of its fate.
What he uncovers is a conspiracy that could shake the Republic of Florence to its very foundations. Florence, art, 1423 - A city of wealth, and danger.
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When robert of naples died in 1342, beautiful, sixteen-year-old Joanna and her younger sister Maria became the heirs to one of the largest, wealthiest and most sophisticated kingdoms in Europe. Born in a male-dominated world in the passionate south of italy and surrounded by ambitious male cousins with an equal claim to the crown, bound together by their strong love and fierce rivalry, will these sisters be able to maintain control over their kingdom? With only their wits, beauty, and the love of their people to aid them, Joanna and Maria, are prepared to do anything to hold onto their beloved Kingdom.
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Lilith: A Tale Set in Old Salem#ad - Together, they must combat the Puritanical tyranny threatening Salem Village. Mass hysteria and terror sweeps through her community in the year 1692 when the village children complain of being tormented by witches. Her life changes drastically after that fateful night, for she knows that their destinies are intertwined.
Lilith: A Tale Set in Old Salem #ad - The arrival of marcus wiseman, an intimidating Puritan nicknamed the "Hammer" Malleus Maleficarum, strikes fear into the hearts of many. This riveting supernatural thriller combines historical facts with romantic suspense and magical realism. Lily healer is a reclusive girl with incredible spiritual power.
Lily avoids the fearsome man at all costs—until a strange dream reveals the truth. His mission is to help the reverend find those who have signed the Devil's Book.