Posts Tagged: Medici

[Review] The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White

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21 November
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Sometimes, when you love a book, you just can’t get through it fast enough. You devour its entirety swiftly, and in the blink of an eye, it is complete. Other times when you love a book, you truly need to just savor it slowly, relishing the sensation as if to prolong the experience. The Sign of the Weeping Virgin was certainly in the latter category for me; I enjoyed every aspect of this book so much that I took a very long time to complete it. This book came into my hands when I was contacted by the author, Alana White, who after… Read more »

[Review] The Palace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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08 June
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From the onset I announced I intended to write a fully biased review of this book, and I will make good on my promise. I simply cannot NOT enjoy a Medici-Florence novel by anyone. Once again, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s attention to detail and dedication to the historical context is stellar. Florence as it was comes alive in her hands, not overly exaggerated for opulent effect, but not undervalued as such a significant and impactful place and time. Such influential and deeply loved individuals as Lorenzo ‘il Magnifico’ and Sandro Botticelli are brought to life with the same respect and reverence –… Read more »

[Review] The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

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05 April
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Aw, man… this book had me quite pleased, and I was well enjoying it, until the unraveling at the ending. Boo. We begin this book with a young girl, in the flourish of a beautifully described, beautifully constructed Medici Florence, and are treated to wonderfully written aspects of the artistry and ambiance of the magnificent heart of the Renaissance. Our protagonist, Alessandra Cecchi, is a skilled artist and painter in her preadolesence, and comes face to face with the intoxicating intrigue of the art world when her father employs a painter to handle the family chapel – a painter that… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas

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09 March
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I don’t think there has been a book since Dance with Dragons that I have been as rabidly excited about as I was about discovering The Red Lily Crown. We are talking world-melting levels of excitement. Why? I am a Renaissance historian who specializes in Medici Florence. I love the Medici, in particular Cosimo I, first Grand Duke of Tuscany. And as far as Medici books go, 99% of them are going to be written about Lorenzo the Magnificent, or Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Both fabulous and interesting, don’t get me wrong, but no one, and I mean no one, is writing fiction… Read more »