The Midwife of Venice

By Roberta Rich - Published 2011


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


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


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


By Mary Hoffman - Published 2011


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



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


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

The King of Silk

By Joe Douglas Trent - Published 2011



Michael Patriote is riding the crest of a wave of business success when he’s mugged in a Manhattan alley in Joe Douglas ...Read Review

Sins of the House of Borgia

By Sarah Bower - Published 2008Published 2011


Things have not been easy for Esther; expelled with her fellow Jews from her home in Spain, she first loses her mother and ...Read Review

The Borgia Betrayal

By Sara Poole - Published 2011



Rome, 1493: Francesca Giordano, a young woman of dark passions and even darker talents, is the court poisoner to Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigo Borgia. ...Read Review

The Second Duchess

By Elizabeth Loupas - Published 2011


Biographical FictionMystery/Crime

Have you ever read a book that you wish you had written? Have you ever read a book that you wish did not ...Read Review