Paolo serravalle is thrilled to leave behind his boring life in Rome—and his overbearing father—to attend the University of Padua. 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.
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The Lion and the Fox: A Novel of Machiavelli's Florence#ad - Niccolo thinks he can play the fox to outwit his enemies—but has he underestimated the lion? A ruthless prince, a political traitor, and a dead Medici. What could possibly go wrong?exiled, and depressed, isolated, Niccolo Machiavelli longs to return to power at any cost—but with the threat of torture still hanging over his head, Niccolo must bend to the will of the powerful Medici family.
When a mysterious letter sends him to investigate the murder of a Medici, Niccolo stumbles into a dangerous world of rich young patricians, mysterious prostitutes, and shocking violence. 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.
The Zorzi Affair: A Novel of Galileo's Italy#ad - Her secret is dangerous, an Inquisitor, and an instrument maker, and a bounty hunter all threaten to expose her. The seventeenth century. The daughter of a Venetian patrician isn’t supposed to love science. Her clever friend Paolo introduces her to a rising star named Galileo. 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.
But zaneta lucia secretly reads astronomy books while her mother pushes etiquette lessons. Zaneta lucia’s new life seems perfect—but it can’t last forever. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Zaneta Lucia faces a choice: the marriage arranged by her parents, or a life devoted to learning. Disguised as a boy, Zaneta Lucia runs away to Padua and enrolls at the university.
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RUTHLESS: A Novel Set in Gothic Verona#ad - Accused of witchcraft, she prefers to risk the unknown than face the terrifying charge. Brimming with suspense and sensuality, RUTHLESS offers readers a glimpse into the intriguing yet brutal world of fourteenth century Italian life. Determined to secure her financial and social future, she aids the Veronese warlord, Cangrande I della Scala, in committing vile acts that will earn her a place in Hell.
Starving and cold, she wanders the streets in search of honest work but her efforts are fruitless. Agata flees from Verona to Venice with nothing but the clothes on her back. Although she is handsomely compensated, she wants more—and she'll do whatever it takes to get it. This riveting novel features Cangrande "Big Dog", a fascinating historical character seldom seen in literature.
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Guardia: A Novel of Renaissance Italy#ad - Florence, art, 1423 - A city of wealth, and danger. Guardia is a tale that weaves from the palaces of the Florentine elite to the hidden cells of the criminal underbelly, from urban markets, taverns and brothels, 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, investigator for the Bargello and officer of the Otto di Guardia e Balia, it is up to Mercurio Capolupo, to determine the victim's identity and solve the riddle of its fate.
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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. In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome.
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IMPOSTOR: A Novel Set in the Kingdom of Naples#ad - 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. Moved by love for her ward, the crafty nun convinces Celeste's only friend, Valentina, to assume the identity of the bride.
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The Towers of TuscanyLake Union Publishing #ad - Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father’s workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.
Revised edition: This edition of The Towers of Tuscany includes editorial revisions. She flees to siena, disguised as a boy, where, she paints again. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son. After sofia’s father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage.
The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia BorgiaBallantine Books #ad - But rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment’s notice as Italy’s ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. This unholy plunge into Rome’s darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing. Allison pataki, new york times bestselling author of sisi: empress on Her Own“The world of Renaissance Italy is vividly brought to life—I’m captivated by this knowledgeable author’s take on the controversial Borgias.
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The Shepherdess of Siena: A Novel of Renaissance TuscanyLake Union Publishing #ad - As a shepherdess in sixteenth-century Italy, Virginia’s possibilities are doubly limited by her peasant class and her gender. Yet while she tends her flock, who rides with the strength and courage of any man, Virginia is captivated by the daring equestrian feats of the high-spirited Isabella de’ Medici, much to the horror of her brother, the tyrannical Gran Duca Francesco de’ Medici.
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