Renaissance

The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

By Stephen Greenblatt - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

There was something serendipitous about reading this book in a week that modern scientists took a step closer to the elusive Higgs boson. ...Read Review

The Tigress of Forlì: The Life of Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici

By Elizabeth Lev - Published 2011

Genres:

Nonfiction

Caterina Sforza, born in 1463, lived a full life. The illegitimate daughter of the future Duke of Milan, she was married at age ten ...Read Review

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

By Dava Sobel - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

In mid-16th-century Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus, a reclusive canon of the Catholic Church, had labored for decades over an astronomical treatise that stood ...Read Review

The Courtesan’s Lover

By Gabrielle Kimm - Published 2011

Genres:

Romance

Naples, 1564: beautiful and smart Francesca Felizzi strives to acquire wealthy patrons in her quest to become a cortigiana honesta, the top of the ...Read Review

The Midwife of Venice

By Roberta Rich - Published 2011

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In this beautifully conceived debut novel, Hannah, a young Jewish midwife living in the ghetto of Venice, has her late night disturbed by ...Read Review

The Ground is Burning

By Samuel Black - Published 2011

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

In the autumn of 1502, Cesare Borgia is at the height of his power and notoriety. Leonardo da Vinci works for him as a ...Read Review

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

By Stuart Clark - Published 2011

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth follows the lives of Johannes Kepler, a German Lutheran who was the first man to mathematically prove how ...Read Review

David

By Mary Hoffman - Published 2011

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

In 1501 Gabriele, a country boy, arrives in Florence and is immediately robbed. He believes that his older ‘milk’ brother, the artist Michelangelo, might ...Read Review

Death in Florence

By Paul Strathern - Published 2011

Genres:

Nonfiction

This book, subtitled The Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance City, examines a period which helped to change ...Read Review

The Hand of Fatima

By Ildefonso Falcones - By Nick Caistor (trans.) - Published 2010

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In 1564, after years of Christian oppression, the Moors of Granada exact a terrible revenge against their masters: after the ensuing bloodbath, the white ...Read Review