A Borgia Daughter Dies

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
The saga of the Borgias and the lives of Leonardo da Vinci and the young Machiavelli form the accurate historical background of this murder mystery, set in the opulence of Renaissance Rome and Milan. Machiavelli's illegitimate daughter and his bewitching ex-mistress will solve three murders with help from da Vinci and Lucrezia Borgia--including the murder of Lucrezia's real-life half sister. More

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About Maryann Philip

A Borgia Daughter Dies has 72 favorable reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 out of 5 points. See http://www.amazon.com/A-Borgia-Daughter-Dies-ebook/product-reviews/B007WONQV2.

Mary Ann Philip (a nom de plume) graduated with honors in “Renaissance Studies” (a self-created interdepartmental major) from Stanford University in 1970's, having spent part of her junior year at Stanford's Florence campus, researching her honors thesis using original Italian texts in the Biblioteca Nazionale. She then went to University of Chicago Law School and spent the next twenty-five years raising children and practicing law, with occasional time out to sing in small ensembles devoted to Renaissance music. She now lives in California, and has recently retired from law practice to brush up on her Italian and devote herself to her family and favorite period in history: the Italian Renaissance.

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Review by: Trish Bare on Nov. 01, 2012 :
I loved this book! It's a fascinating history lesson in a very enjoyable, readable form. The research of this complex and intriguing period was obviously meticulous but is conveyed seamlessly within an absorbing and entertaining story. The main character Nicola was a wonderful character and I hope to follow more of her story in a sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MaryAnnsFan on June 27, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a bit to boot. I had no idea the church was so corrupt. So sad but allowed me to understand church history within an environmental context. Thanks.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tom bernard on May 19, 2012 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed being transported to Rome and Milan during one of the most fascinating periods of Western history. Ms. Philip sets the scene with the vivid brush of an artist and the authenticity of a history scholar. Her textured and empathetic characters guide you through a suspenseful plot. She credibly portrays the era's notables, including da Vinci, Machiavelli, Lucrezi and Cesare Borgia, and Caterina Sforza; and weaves them into the story in a perfectly plausible way. I love being entertained and educated simultaneously. Bernard Cornwall with less blood and guts, but more heart.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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