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The Medici Seal [Hardcover]

Theresa Breslin
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3 Aug 2006
The place is Romagna, Italy 1502. Fleeing from the murderous brigand Sandino, Matteo - a young boy - is saved from drowning by the companions of Leonardo Da Vinci. From this moment on, Matteo is at the Maestro's side as he carries out his work, which ranges from the painting of magnificent frescos to intricate dissection of the human body. But Leonardo is employed by Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families. Cruel and ruthless, the Borgia punishes without mercy those who oppose him or who threaten him in any way. And as Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their trail. For Matteo carries with him a secret - a secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain. A life-changing secret that must, finally, come to light for all to see...A gloriously rich and authentic story of the Renaissance, "The Medici Seal" is also both the personal story of Matteo, a boy becoming a man, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of Da Vinci.

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385610203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385610209
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,372,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliantly written story . . . rich in its details and epic in its sweep" (Tom Gatti The Times)

"This is such an excellent book" (The School Librarian)

"Another very satisfying book from an accomplished novellist" (Carousel)

"A swiftly paced and richly constructed tale" (Waterstones Books Quarterly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An epic adventure, full of intrigue, murder and betrayal, set in Leonardo Da Vinci's Italy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Reading 26 Oct 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be one of the most enjoyable I have read so far this year and believe me that covers a lot of writing. Theresa Breslin is a Scottish author, who I must admit I have not read before, but if her other books are anything like the quality of this one they will be well worth reading. I have read that the book is geared towards the teenage market, but personally I believe the book stands on its own merits and should not be pigeon holed as either adult or children's literature. It is just an extremely good read.

The book takes place in one of the most interesting periods of Italy's history. The time of the Borgia's and Medici's. Also a time when Italy was producing some of the finest artists that the world had ever seen, including Leonardo Da Vinci. A period in history known as the Renaissance.

The book follows the life of a young boy Matteo. A boy whose life becomes inextricably entwined with Da Vinci a man with one of the finest brains of his or any other time. Leonardo works for Cesare Borgia a member of a family who can be cruel and ruthless and will let no one stand in their way if there is something or someone they want.

As Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on private business for the Borgia's, deceit, murder and revenge follow there every turn. For Matteo carries with him a secret - a secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley Brilliant and Fantastic 22 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
You must buy this book...do not let this one slip by....it is a book you will simply not be able to put down. It is an adventure with thrills, twists and turns at every stage, so even though it is quite a long novel, it will hold your interest and I'm not going to give away the ending! Buy it and Read it you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Reading 17 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be one of the most enjoyable I have read so far this year and believe me that covers a lot of writing. Theresa Breslin is a Scottish author, who I must admit I have not read before, but if her other books are anything like the quality of this one they will be well worth reading. I have read that the book is geared towards the teenage market, but personally I believe the book stands on its own merits and should not be pigeon holed as either adult or children's literature. It is just an extremely good read.

The book takes place in one of the most interesting periods of Italy's history. The time of the Borgia's and Medici's. Also a time when Italy was producing some of the finest artists that the world had ever seen, including Leonardo Da Vinci. A period in history known as the Renaissance.

The book follows the life of a young boy Matteo. A boy whose life becomes inextricably entwined with Da Vinci a man with one of the finest brains of his or any other time. Leonardo works for Cesare Borgia a member of a family who can be cruel and ruthless and will let no one stand in their way if there is something or someone they want.

As Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on private business for the Borgia's, deceit, murder and revenge follow there every turn. For Matteo carries with him a secret - a secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WICKED BOOK !!! 10 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This product is very good . It came on time and is suitable for people my age, I am eleven and found that this book is a very good read. BUY THIS PRODUCT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A VERY GOOD BOOK !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it. 9 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is very rare for me not to finish a novel but I just couldn't stick with this one. Maybe if I didn't know the history of the period and also of the Medicis I would have found it more interesting. It is way too long and repetitious. My husband did finish it and later told me the "denouement" which I agreed with him was quite ridiculous and made me glad that I didn't stick with the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has stayed with me... 6 Nov 2013
By sara
Format:Paperback
I was forced by my Auntie to pick up this book in the library, I was a twelve year old girl so the cover and the summary did not appeal to me, however I read it and once I started it I couldn't put it down! Its a book I've always remembered and I like to think of it as my first novel (even though it isn't). I'm now 19 and studying English and this book is still making an impact! I recommend anyone of any age to read it, If i'm honest I was shocked it was said to be child literature, I think an older audience would be able to grasp a better understanding at some parts.
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