The Birth of Venus: Love and Death in Florence by Sarah Dunant hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Little, Brown, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.
A Later Printing.
From the cover: Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from Northern Europe to decorate the walls of the family chapel in their Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painters abilities.
She is drawn into the life of a city where the new freedoms of the mind rub shoulders with the old sins of the flesh. On the streets she discovers a stalking evil at large and witnesses the rise of the fundamentalist monk Savonarola. Alessandra and her native Florence are caught between the Medici state, with its luxury, learning and dazzling art, and the hell-fire of Savonarola and the violence of his followers. And through it all the painter and his art exerts an increasingly powerful and erotic pull.
The Birth of Venus is a tour de force from one of Britains most innovative thriller writers. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsive story of love, art, religion and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a remarkable heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Small scuff to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Orange boards with Black titling to the Spine.
412 pages. 8¼” x 5¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Fiction Author: S category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…