My Northern Italian roots cried out for me to read this! Anything that’s historical and related to my favourite “V”-places (Venice, Vicenza, Verona) will immediately grab my attention. But…can that hold my attention for more than 500 pages? For MASTER OF VERONA, by David Blixt, I say YES- YES ABSOLUTELY!!! As a matter of fact, I’m already almost done reading the sequel (more on that one coming soon!).
Picture an epic-size story that includes poet-author, Dante Alighieri (The Inferno) and his son, Pietro. But that’s not all-Cangrande of Verona- who is larger than life (and if you know Verona, you know how Grand of a mark he made; his presence still felt). As a patron to Dante, Cangrande, illustrious in all senses and seemingly all-powerful, especially in battle, has his life saved by the young Pietro. Cangrande is impressed by Pietro and bestows upon him the honor of making him a knight.
The story is largely about Pietro, but brings in so many historical highlights and facts all blended in extraordinary story telling. And- to tie things in beautifully, especially for Shakespearian lovers, what’s a tale about Verona without Romeo and Juliet? Blixt is master at setting the stage for this as well. The history is beautiful, and the battles as intense as they were for sure back then. Tension in feudality, political intrigue, detailed settings and history, and loads of dialogue (A++ + Who can take all that history if there’s no one talking!) Completely entertaining from the very first page to the last!
There are simply no words that can describe how good this book is. If like me, you love the Renaissance and the Veneto region, this historical will blow you away. I wish they turned this into a movie!
Master of Verona, by David Blixt- GENIUS.
I Highly recommend this book!
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