Raphael: A Passionate Life

By Antonio Forcellino - By Lucinda Byatt (trans.) - Published 2012



Raphael Santi was the painter who did the most to bring art forward from its mediaeval traditions into the glories of the Renaissance. ...Read Review

Madame Serpent

By Jean Plaidy - Published 2006Published 2012


Biographical Fiction

The first volume of Jean Plaidy’s Catherine de Medici trilogy, this story begins with her unfortunate childhood as an orphan and pawn ...Read Review

Stravaganza: City of Swords

By Mary Hoffman - Published 2012


Children/Young AdultTime-slip

This time-slip historical fantasy, the sixth in the Stravaganza series, moves between 21st-century London and 16th-century Italy, a country of warring city states, ...Read Review

I, Iago

By Nicole Galland - Published 2012


How do you take one of literature’s most vile villains and make your readers like him? Nicole Galland begins in his childhood ...Read Review

The Borgia Mistress

By Sara Poole - Published 2012


Rome, 1593. Francesca Giordano, a young woman of dark passions and even darker talents, is the court poisoner to Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigo Borgia. ...Read Review


By Michael Dean - Published 2012


Thorn is a fictional account of a friendship between the philosopher Baruch Spinoza and Rembrandt Van Rijn, the great Dutch painter. It takes ...Read Review

The King’s Agent

By Donna Russo Morin - Published 2012



No task is too difficult or dangerous for Battista della Palla, Florentine art dealer, handsome thief, and agent to François I, King ...Read Review

The Book of Madness and Cures

By Regina O’Melveny - Published 2012


That this is a book of madness is immediately obvious; Doctor Ernesto Mondini has become unhinged. His final letter arrives in Venice from ...Read Review


By David Snodin - Published 2012



Iago, Shakespeare’s famous villain, has escaped from Cyprus, leaving a trail of corpses behind him. He falls into the hands of Annibale ...Read Review

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

By Stuart Clark - Published 2011


At the dawn of the 17th century, two very different men set out to prove Copernicus’s hypothesis that the sun, rather than ...Read Review