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On This Day In History – Leonardo da Vinci is born.

On 15 April 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born in the little town on Vinci, in Tuscany. He was born to the Florentine Notary Piero¬†Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, and Caterina – a peasant girl. The little bastard boy would … Continue reading

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7th February 1497 – The Burning of the Vanities

The Burning of the Vanities is an event in Renaissance history that often has historians cringing – so many beautiful pieces of art and precious books were lost on a giant pyre that was constructed within the Piazza della Signoria … Continue reading

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[Review] The Black Prince of Florence by Catherine Fletcher

In The Black Prince of Florence, a dramatic tale of assassination, spies and betrayal, the first retelling of Alessandro’s life in two-hundred years opens a window onto the opulent, cut-throat world of Renaissance Italy. When I found a copy of … Continue reading

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On This Day In History – Cesare Borgia Is Born.

Despite the fact that Cesare Borgia’s actual birth date is not known – these things were not written down and logged as doggedly as they are today – 13th September 1475 seems to be the widely accepted date, and in … Continue reading

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Book Update #1

I’ve been scarce¬†for the past few weeks because I’ve been glued to my laptop, typing away on the book I’ve been working on for what seems like the past ten years. In reality it’s a lot less than that – … Continue reading

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