The Ground Is Burning

The Ground Is Burning

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Cesare Borgia, Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci - three of the most famous, or notorious, names in European history. In the autumn of 1502, their lives intersect in a castle in Italy's Romagna. In this hugely intelligent and entertaining novel, Samuel Black tells the true story of these men who, with different tools - ruthless ambition, unstoppable genius and subtle political manipulation - each follow an obsession to attain greatness and leave a lasting mark on the world. And at the centre of this court of intrigue and deception is Dorotea Caracciolo, a young noblewoman abducted by Borgia who has become his lover - and his secret agent. Their story begins in hope and fear and ends in bloodshed, deceit and triumph. Along the way, there are battles and romances, lavish parties and furtive stranglings. And out of this maelstrom will emerge the "Mona Lisa" and "The Prince".
Publisher: London : Faber, 2010.
ISBN: 9780571269402
Branch Call Number: HISTORICAL
Characteristics: xi, 406 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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Apr 08, 2013

The strength of fictional history is often the sense of place, the time and events that take place. This book conveys these quite well. The intertwining stories of Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machievelli and Cesare Borgia are well done and the picture of each is well done. Some knowledge of each man's role in the history of Italy in the late 1400's, early 1500's would benefit the reader. Recommended.

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