I’m absolutely HONOURED to be able to show you guys the cover for my next book – “The Pope’s Greatest Adversary: Girolamo Savonarola”. Yet again the fantastic guys at Pen & Sword have produced an absolutely STUNNING cover. The little details are wonderful – behind the figure of Savonarola is a photo that I took on our last trip to Florence, and shows the text of the plaque that marks the spot where Savonarola was executed. And then there’s the little Borgia motif beneath the title as well.
Isn’t it just absolutely beautiful? I absolutely cannot WAIT for this book to come out and for you all to read it. Though I suppose I best get on and finish going through these proof edits!
I’ve been pinching myself quite a lot lately. Every time I catch a glimpse of the book I end up smiling like a bloody loon and thinking “holy crap, I actually wrote that”.
The journey into “Cesare & Lucrezia Borgia: Brother and Sister of History’s Most Vilified Family” started not long after my first book was published back in 2016. I knew immediately after finishing my mini biography on Cesare that I wanted to write something bigger – and that it had to include both siblings. So I started writing. And now, four years later and with two previous mini biographies under my belt, here we are. There have been ups and downs whilst working on this project like you wouldn’t believe – at times it’s been an absolute roller coaster of emotions. But it’s taken me to some of the most beautiful places in Italy, had me connecting with some of the friendliest people you could ever meet (here’s looking at you P&S!) and had me with my head in some truly wonderful books and documents on these two fascinating individuals.
I couldn’t have done ANY of this without the support of my family, my partner, my wonderful publisher and of course each and every one of my readers. Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey, and I hope you’ll join me as I continue to explore some amazing eras in history.
Cesare & Lucrezia Borgia: Brother and Sister of History’s Most Vilified Family is available now from Pen & Sword and all good book stores. Amazon will shortly be getting their hands on stock too!