About the Book:
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
About the Author:
This book takes you back to 13th century Florence. Florence before she was the city of the Medici, the city of Michelangelo. Before she had consolidation her power; when the powerful families were vying for control. (Actually has that REALLY stopped anywhere? But I digress.)
The book starts at a party, has major denouements at parties and ends at a party. Why is this of note? Because our main characters are players; jugglers, musicians – performers struggling to make a living from the nobility. Our hero is a Jester, a fool as they were known but he is smarter than most around him.
At that first party our Fool is asked to play a silly prank by one noble on another. He does not understand why but he also can’t refuse. It starts a fight that leads to nothing short of chaos and our Fool finds himself embroiled in a city wide feud – being used by both sides as a courier and needing to keep secrets that could get him killed.
This was a really different take on an historical novel. Using the Fool/Jester as the protagonist was truly clever and unlikely as it might seem the story is based in fact as the best and craziest tales are. I found myself quite involved and worried out our poor Fool who found himself in places he did not want to be but with no way out due to his station in life. Ms. Heath brought 13th century Florence to life with her descriptions of food, clothing and housing and she really brought forward the plight of women of the time. They were truly not much more than bargaining chips so they used what little power they could manage to control their men.
This was an entertaining and fascinating read from a time not often highlighted by historical fiction writers. It was a delightful way to spend several hours. Despite the murder and mayhem….
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