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Based on historical facts, the novel relates the story of the de Medici family who ruled Florence in the latter 1400’s. Benjamin and Ester Catalan return in the sequel, having escaped the Inquisition in Spain, and are helped to reach Florence by the Moors, who war with Spain.
The richly described novel offers detail into the daily life and culture in Florence. The story portrays accurate events in the lives of Lorenzo and Giuliano, and their mother, Lucrezia. The plot to kill the Medici brothers unfolds in layers then quickly becomes the centerpiece of the novel.
Weinstein presents the delicate balance of powers between the five city states and offers an interesting mix of both real and fictitious characters. The author peppers the plot with religious debate between the Jewish, Ester Catalan and Pico della Mirandola, a young Christian scholar. Lorenzo de Medici, as in the novel, attended meetings of the Plato Academy, founded by his father, Cosimo de Medici. Lorenzo welcomed Ester and Benjamin to Florence with the expectation of their expertise in printing Plato’s works on the Catalan’s printing press. The printing presses in Florence, operated as described in the book.
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
Apart from inserting a fictional family, the historical references are accurate and illuminating.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.