For those who are interested in Renaissance art, culture, religion and politics I've written a trilogy on the Florentine Renaissance titled The City of Man (available on Kindle and Mobipocket, product link below).
The story explores the rise and fall of the fundamentalist preacher Girolamo Savonarola during the time of the Medici and Machiavelli. It's an epic story modeled on the theme of the Divine Comedy and divided into three books: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The plot revolves around the struggles of Savonarola and Machiavelli to restore order to a chaotic Florence after the death of Lorenzo de Medici, the Magnificent. I would say the genre is more dramatized history than historical fiction, as the story faithfully adheres to historical evidence using real characters.
I'm a political scientist with interests in political, religious, and art history. This particular take on the rise and fall of Savonarola's theocratic republic was inspired by the Iranian revolution of 1979 with the overthrow of the Shah and the establishment of Khomeini's Islamic Republic. The parallels with other historical fundamentalist movements are quite remarkable and suggest the timeless tensions between religious faith, worldly politics, and artistic expression.
The Kindle e-book is extensively programmed with easy navigation to readers aids, including character bios, maps, family trees, art images, a glossary, Italian and Latin translations, historical index, and external links to Wikipedia. These aids allow the reader to explore the world of 15th century Florence as one wishes using the full power of the digital format.
The City of Man: A Trilogy
P.S. I should add the link to my Amazon Author Page:
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