A Novel of the Renaissance

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:

In the simmering hot summer of 1492, a monstrous evil is stirring within the Eternal City of Rome. The brutal murder of an alchemist sets off a desperate race to uncover the plot that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance and plunge Europe back into medieval darkness.

Determined to avenge the killing of her father, Francesca Giordano defies all convention to claim for herself the position of poisoner serving Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, head of the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy. She becomes the confidante of Lucrezia Borgia and the lover of Cesare Borgia. At the same time, she is drawn to the young renegade monk who yearns to save her life and her soul.

Navigating a web of treachery and deceit, Francesca pursues her father's killer from the depths of Rome's Jewish ghetto to the heights of the Vatican itself. In so doing, she sets the stage for the ultimate confrontation with ancient forces that will seek to use her darkest desires to achieve their own catastrophic ends.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312609832
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 21 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jan 11, 2014

This was very interesting. I am a fan of the renaissance and history itself, so i was eager to read this. However, i wasn't too particularly keen on how she killed a man just so she could get the attention of the authorities. Still, enjoyable.

Jun 07, 2012

I never before understood poisoners! Poole does a good job of involving the reader’s feelings with Francesca and Rocco and the child. The history that swirls around her is realistic in its corruption and interesting to think about. She also brings in the weight of history in Rome very well. The religious leaders of the time are well-drawn and represent the state of the Church at the time, without belaboring the point. I enjoyed reading this.

Jul 16, 2011

Excellent suspense.
Bien écrit.
Personnages bien développés.

Mar 04, 2011

An awesome book! I didn't want to put it down.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at MCPL

To Top