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The Pope's Conspiracy [Kindle Edition]

Lewis M. Weinstein
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Book Description

In the sequel to The Heretic ...

Benjamin and Esther Catalan have escaped the claws of the Spanish Inquisition
and are brought to Florence under the patronage of Lorenxo de Medici.

Their promising future is threatened, however, as they are caught up in a secret plot to murder Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano, with the powerful Pope Sixtus IV at the center of the conspiracy.

Based on actual historical events, the Pope's Conspiracy is a tensely drawn portrait of a talented and ambitious Jewish couple enmeshed in events beyond anything they might have imagined.

Editorial Reviews


The Pope's Conspiracy is a great read which tightly binds the intrigue of a thriller with the lightness of a narrative history. Fans of historical fiction should read it as the thrilling introduction to a very interesting period in time.

About the Author

Lewis M. Weinstein Lew began writing novels when he was 55 years of age, finally taking the advice of his high school English teacher, who said he should write. The Pope’s Conspiracy is his 4th novel, following The Heretic (2000), A Good Conviction (2007) and Case Closed (2009). He is currently working on a novel to be set in 2oth century Germany and Poland. After graduating from Princeton and the Harvard Business School, Lew enjoyed a long management career in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including his last position as CEO of a biomedical research institute focused on infectious disease research. In 1980, He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from New Jersey. Lew is married and lives with his wife in Key West, FL. Lew is available to appear at book clubs, either in person, or if that is not possible, via a Skype video connection. Additional information about Lew and his novels can be found at his author blog ...

Product Details

  • File Size: 4157 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475058411
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N7JLAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical figures come alive April 13, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The story of the plot to assassinate the Medici brothers is right in the sweet spot of Italian history that fascinates me. The author interweaves this historical account with the tale of a Jewish printer and his family who come to in Florence fleeing Spanish persecution. The details of that storyline were new to me.

The arrival of Benjamin and Ester Catalan with their Gutenberg press causes a shift in both Florentine bookmaking and politics. Befriended by the powerful Medici family, they quickly discover that this is not the only alliance they need to make to survive. I found the parts about their Jewish heritage and religious practices nicely balanced the murder plot. Knowing the outcome, I found my attraction to the characters quite poignant. Even so, the pacing kept me wanting to see how things would turn out.

Mr. Weinstein has done his homework and he pulls in all of the real people who were involved in the plot, bringing them alive for the reader. I was especially pleased with the final section of the book that explains the liberties he took with their stories as well as the basis for his fictional characters.

If you're interested in Italian Renaissance history, or a good murder plot, this is well worth reading. Bravo!(less)
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"ThePope's Conspiracy" by Lewis Weinstein is a fearful, heartwarming, caring journey of the Catalan family from their home in Spain to a home in 15th century Italy. It invokes the struggles the Jewish people faced, but also the de Medici Catholic family who embraced and helped them thru their trials and tribulations. Mr. Weinstein's research into the true history of people and places in that time period add tremendously to this wonderful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment and intrigue July 21, 2012
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Whether one enjoys a history lesson or simply wishes a great read Lew Weinstein satisfies all readers with this second in a series thriller.
Apart from inserting a fictional family, the historical references are accurate and illuminating. Language reads easily but allows seeming visualization of the scene and times. Can't wait for the third in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 6, 2012
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This is a powerful sequel to the Heretic. Another well researched, informative story with characters you care about and a story that keeps the reader engaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel to "The Heretic" June 11, 2012
"The Pope's Conspiracy" is a first rate historical novel that picks up where Mr. Weinstein's earlier novel, "The Heretic," leaves off. Set in Florence at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent, it presents the drama of Benjamin and Esther Catalan as they struggle to create new lives for themselves in exile and get caught up in a conspiracy directed by Pope Sixtus IV against the powerful Medici family. The gripping narrative is crisp and yet takes care to introduce the leading personalities of the day in "real life" settings and also to impart the sights, sounds and smells of Florence at the height of its power and influence. This novel will appeal to lovers of well researched and written historical fiction and anyone with an interest in fifteenth century Florence. Although the events follow those of "The Heretic," one need not have read Mr. Weinstein's earlier novel to enjoy "The Pope's Conspiracy," which succeeds admirably on a stand-alone basis as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great history....gripping story! July 19, 2012
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If your Italian Renaissance history is vague, if you sometimes confuse the Borgias and the Medicis as I did, this is a historical novel for you.
It will be very apparent that the research is thorough.
What makes this history such a pleasure to learn is the writing. Weinstein's ability to spin a tale that endears the good guys, makes you loathe the bad guys, and leaves you gripped by the tension between them, is extraordinary.

Joe Mc Kay
Greenport, NY
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More About the Author

I became an author during the latter part of a long career in management, finally taking my high school English teacher's advice that I should write. My first novel was published when I was 60. Since I retired and became a full-time author in 2005, three more novels have been published.

GOODREADS & FACEBOOK ... I am an active participant on Goodreads and Facebook, and I welcome your friendship on either or both.

PUBLISHED NOVELS ... The Heretic (2000); A Good Conviction (2007); Case Closed (2009); The Pope's Conspiracy (2012)

SPANISH EDITION ... The Heretic was published in Spanish (2012) under the title "Hereje."

CURRENT PROJECT ... I'm working on a novel set in 20th century Germany and Poland.

EDUCATION ... Princeton University (BSE) and Harvard Business School (MBA)

MANAGEMENT CAREER ... from 1991-2005, I was the CEO of The Public Health Research Institute, a biomedical research organization focused on infectious diseases; previously President of Kinney System, the nationwide parking company; Township Manager of Cherry Hill, NJ; and a candidate for U.S. Congress (1980).

PERSONAL ... I'm married; my wife and I live in Key West in the winter and Collioure, France in the summer. We travel extensively (see our travel blog at Between us, we have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

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