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The Malice of Fortune: A Novel of the Renaissance - Community Reviews back

by Michael Ennis
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Lost (in books) in Los Angeles
Lost (in books) in Los Angeles rated it 5 years ago
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...
altheaann
altheaann rated it 5 years ago
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...
drey's library
drey's library rated it 5 years ago
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...
Doubleday Publishing
Doubleday Publishing rated it 5 years ago
“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...
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