The Malice of Fortune: A Novel of the Renaissance
When Pope Alexander orders the courtesan Damiata to the remote fortress city of Imola to learn the truth behind the murder of his beloved son, Juan, she knows that failure comes at the price of her own child’s freedom. However, a string of gruesome murders have left Imola’s residents too gripped... show more
When Pope Alexander orders the courtesan Damiata to the remote fortress city of Imola to learn the truth behind the murder of his beloved son, Juan, she knows that failure comes at the price of her own child’s freedom. However, a string of gruesome murders have left Imola’s residents too gripped by fear to help a lone woman. Enlisting the aid of the obscure Florentine diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli and the eccentric military engineer Leonardo da Vinci, Damiata sets off to decipher the killer’s taunting riddles: she with her street smarts, Leonardo with his groundbreaking “science of observation,” and Machiavelli with his new “science of men.”
Publish date: June 4th 2013
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
A solid historical mystery featuring Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Cesare Borgia (aka Duke Valentino). The story begins with a section narrated by Damiata, the mistress of Pope Alexander's beloved son Juan, the Duke of Gandia, who was murdered five years prior to the start of the novel...
I loved Ennis' "Duchess of Milan," was not so blown away by his other novel "Byzantium." Reading "Malice of Fortune," I think that his forte is Renaissance Italy. I really enjoyed this historical mystery.Furious over the mysterious death of his beloved son, Pope Alexander Borgia blackmails the murde...
Michael Ennis’ The Malice of Fortune is a dark mystery revolving around the Roman Catholic Pope Alexander’s son, Duke Valentino. Its main voices are those of Damiata, a courtesan whose life is wrapped up with the Borgias, and Niccolo Machiavelli, sent to Valentino’s court to protect the interests of...
“With its vivid, well-defined array of characters, The Malice of Fortune captures the glorious and gritty details of Renaissance Italy in a propulsive story. Ennis has achieved a great accomplishment, historical fiction that places us right into the characters' present.” —Matthew Pearl, author of Th...