In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon.
The Botticelli Secret: A Novel of Renaissance Italy Reading Group GoldSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - What could possibly be so valuable about the picture? As friends and clients are slaughtered around her, Luciana turns to the one man who has never desired her beauty, novice librarian Brother Guido. In this exhilarating cross between the da vinci code and The Birth of Venus, an irrepressible young woman in 15th-century Italy must flee for her life after stumbling upon a deadly secret when she serves as a model for Botticelli.
. When part-time model and full-time prostitute luciana Vetra is asked by one of her most exalted clients to pose for a painter friend, she doesn't mind serving as the model for the central figure of Flora in Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece "Primavera. But when the artist dismisses her without payment, Luciana impulsively steals an unfinished version of the painting--only to find that somone is ready to kill her to get it back.
The Botticelli Secret: A Novel of Renaissance Italy Reading Group Gold #ad - . Fleeing venice together, luciana and Guido race through the nine cities of Renaissance Italy, pursued by ruthless foes who are determined to keep them from decoding the painting's secrets. Gloriously fresh and vivid, with a deliciously irreverent heroine, wit, The Botticelli Secret is an irresistible blend of history, and suspense.
The Gondola Maker: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice Venetian Artisans Book 2Laura Morelli #ad - His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. The gondola maker brings the centuries-old art of gondola-making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father.
But when luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. An elegant and thoroughly engaging narrative voice. Mark spencer, author of fiction club: A Concise Guide to Writing Good FictionScroll up and get your copy today! One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands.
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Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. An especially compelling story.
The Venetian BargainSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - What annibale had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio's protection—an impossible woman whose medical skills and determination are matched only by his own. From marina fiorato, author of the acclaimed historical novel The Glassblower of Murano, comes a triumphant return to historical Venice with Venetian Bargain.
But palladio's life is in danger too, and it will require all the skills of Annibale Cason, the city's finest plague doctor, to keep him alive. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly cargo. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice.
The Venetian Bargain #ad - In despair, the doge commissions the architect Andrea Palladio to build the greatest church of his career—an offering to God so magnificent that Venice will be saved. Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague—and the Turkish Sultan has his revenge. But the ship also holds a secret stowaway—Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the Sultan's concubine.
. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople. Venice, 1576. A man, more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into Piazza San Marco.
The Daughter of Siena: A NovelSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - Each ward, puts forth a rider to claim the winner's banner, headstrong, but the contest turns citizens into tribes and men into beasts—and beautiful, young Pia Tolomei is in love with a rider of an opposing ward, represented by an animal symbol, an outsider who threatens the shaky balance of intrigue and influence that rules the land.
. Amid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio, the breathtaking horse race set in Siena. It's 1729, a white-knuckle horse race, and the Palio, is soon to be held in the heart of the peerless Tuscan city of Siena. But the beauty and pageantry masks the deadly rivalry that exists among the city's districts.
The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice Venetian Artisans Book 1The Scriptorium #ad - Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, your lover, you'd better decide quickly.2018 writer's digest self-published book award, honorable mentioneric hoffer grand prize finalisteditor's choice, historical novels reviewvenice, 1510. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.
Maria arranges to leave the painter’s workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her back home. She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, a heroine with a lust for life, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep and steals away everything she’s ever loved…From the author of the award-winning The Gondola Maker comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, and her future, and love against all odds.
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Maria bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures.
The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's VeniceHachette Books #ad - In glittering 18th-century venice, music and love are prized above all else--and for two sisters coming of age, the city's passions blend in intoxicating ways. Chiaretta and Maddalena are as different as night and day. Maddalena becomes a violin virtuoso and Antonio Vivaldi's muse. The four seasons is a rich, literary imagination of the world of 18th-century Venice and the lives and loves of two extraordinary women.
High-spirited and rebellious, Chiaretta marries into a great aristocratic Venetian family and eventually becomes one of the most powerful women in Venice. The two sisters were abandoned as babies on the steps of the Ospedale della Pietß, Venice's world-famous foundling hospital and musical academy.
The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of BotticelliSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - The men of florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. In the tradition of tracy chevalier’s girl with a pearl Earring, artist Sandro Botticelli, Palombo has married fine art with romantic historical fiction in this lush and sensual interpretation of Medici Florence, and the muse that inspired them all.
Booklista girl as beautiful as simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still.
The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli #ad - Even before her marriage with marco is set, artists, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, and philosophers. As simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, The Birth of Venus.
Alyssa palombo’s the most beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated.
The Violinist of Venice: A Story of VivaldiSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair. Adriana's father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, only complicates matters—but Vivaldi is a priest, prominent member of Venice's patrician class—and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society.
They both know their affair will end upon Adriana's marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. Like most 18th century venetians, Adriana d'Amato adores music—except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin.
The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi #ad - The repercussions of his choice—and of Adriana's own choices—will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined. Spanning more than 30 years of adriana's life, ambition, music, Alyssa Palombo's The Violinist of Venice is a story of passion, and finding the strength to both fall in love and to carry on when it ends.
But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family's palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi.
In the Company of the Courtesan: A NovelRandom House #ad - Escaping the sack of rome in 1527, bucino, the courtesan fiammetta and her dwarf companion, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, pious and profitable, head for Venice, beautiful and squalid.
My lady, letting in a flood of half-starved, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, Fiammetta Bianchini, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment. Thus begins in the company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy.
In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel #ad - With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, entertain, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, and satisfy men who have the money to support her. Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court.
. But fiammetta and bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all. A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.