The Ground is Burning (Paperback)
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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 04/02/2012
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Seduction, betrayal and murder: the true art of the renaissance. Cesare Borgia, Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci - three of the most famous, or notorious, names in European history. In the autumn of 1502, their lives intersect in a castle in Italy's Romagna. In this hugely intelligent and entertaining novel, Samuel Black tells the true story of these men who, with different tools - ruthless ambition, unstoppable genius and subtle political manipulation - each follow an obsession to attain greatness and leave a lasting mark on the world. And at the centre of this court of intrigue and deception is Dorotea Caracciolo, a young noblewoman abducted by Borgia who has become his lover - and his secret agent. Their story begins in hope and fear and ends in bloodshed, deceit and triumph. Along the way, there are battles and romances, lavish parties and furtive stranglings. And out of this maelstrom will emerge the Mona Lisa and The Prince.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571269426
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 27 mm
Edition: Main

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“Enjoyable romp”

I was expecting this to be different than it turned out to be. It was a slice of Rennaisance history thrown into a fictional meeting of minds of three of the most interesting characters from 16th century Italy. It has... More

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8th May 2011
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