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Tears of the Madonna: An Italian Renaissance Mystery (Second Adventure of Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo de Pavia) by [Herman, George]
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Spying, torture, poisoning and strangulation are all part of the daily routine in the malevolent court of Gian-Francesco Gonzaga and his devious wife, Isabella d'Este, Marquesa of Mantua. The year is 1499, and Leonardo da Vinci is at court to paint the Marquesa's portrait, but steadily and without his full knowledge he is drawn into a hazardous web of schemes involving the perpetually warring city-states of Milan, Mantua and Venice. Following Herman's A Comedy of Murders, the novel frequently bogs down in tedious explanations of the era's labyrinthine politics. At the heart of the intrigue lies a priceless diamond necklace (The Tears of the Madonna), stolen from a murdered courier and now inexplicably appearing simultaneously on the necks of Lucretia Borgia in Rome, Isabella d'Este in Mantua and Caterina Sforza in Imola. The bankers' guild of Venice, needing the necklace as loan collateral, uses the multitalented dwarf Niccolo (witty, scholarly, lecherous and an invaluable aide to Leonardo) as their spy in the Gonzaga court. Leonardo applies his skills at logic, forensic medicine and pharmacology to solve many of the nasty doings. This book sorely needs more Leonardo and Niccolo and far less convoluted politics.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Herman constructs a vibrant re-creation of warring city-states and corrupt popes in Renaissance Italy. As in A Comedy of Murders (Carroll & Graf, 1994), Leonardo da Vinci and friend Niccolo become involved in political intrigue. Their mission centers around a missing necklace, valuable both as a symbol of power and as collateral for a large loan. The scenes reveal tantalizing glimpses of historical personalities and places. A treat for historical mystery lovers.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1902 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Commedia Publishing; 2 edition (April 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2013
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  • Language: English
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