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Pallas and the Centaur: A Novel Set in Italy in the Time of Lorenzo De' Medici 1478-1480 Paperback – 1 Mar 2004

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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: The Godstow Press; Revised edition edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954736702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954736705
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historical Novel Set In 15 Th Century Florence in the time of Lorenzo de' Medici 1478-1480 The sequel to A Tabernacle for the Sun, this novel covers the years 1478-1481 when Rome waged war on Florence. There are two realms: the mundane and the celestial. On the ground it is a tale of a pope's wrath aimed at the Medici; of Lorenzo de' Medici's infidelity and his wife's rage; of the poet Poliziano's need to be independent of patronage. In heaven Juno works for the destruction of Lorenzo, a modern Aeneas. There are other, darker forces at work which would destroy the aim of Lorenzo and the Platonic Academy to build a new civilisation of the arts and humanities. Thus this brief period, which draws scant interest from historians, was a battleground of cosmic forces. In the end it is the women who make things come right, working not in the political arena but in the home and the private chapel.


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This book is a thoroughly gripping read. Linda Proud makes the famous names of fifteenth centry Florence come to life and explores human motivation and weakness in the clashes with Rome and within the Medici family.
A must for lovers of Florence and Italy. Linda's descriptions of life in Tuscany in this period make sense of the outstanding paintings, architecture and literature of Botticelli, Da Vinci, Dante and many more.
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This absorbing, sensitive recreation of Medicean Florence between 1478 and 1480 is an excellent piece of historical fiction. Proud obviously knows both her period and her Neoplatonic philosophy extremely well, but her touch is very deft and her formidable research merely gives a convincingly solid foundation to the rest of the story. It's fresh, vigorous and brings the central characters vividly and sympathetically to life. There's also a steady strain of welcome humour running through, and Proud wisely keeps her story extremely focused, resisting the temptation to name-check too many famous contemporary Florentines. All in all, a wonderful read. Now I just have to track down the first book in the trilogy, and hope that the third book is published soon!
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A marvellous,scholarly book, vivid and moving with a lovely wit and light touch.In the turbulent late Quattrocento Lorenzo, Clarice, Angelo Poliziano, Maria and Tommaso are richly and tenderly brought to life. The only author who convincingly evokes the soul of Laurentian Florence. A work of love.
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This is the middle volume of the Botticelli Trilogy, which is so named for the thread of that artist's life and works that runs through the series, not because the books are about him. Tommaso de' Maffei again narrates, but not solely this time. In the aftermath of the Pazzi conspiracy the Pope has excommunicated Florence and war is imminent. Lorenzo de Medici sends his wife and children out of Florence for their safety. He sends Angelo Poliziano with them to tutor his children, but his teaching lacks the blind piety required by their mother and conflict ensues, and it's all pretty symbolic. Meanwhile the life of Poliziano's sister Maria, who knows nothing of why she's been confined to a convent and thinks herself an orphan, takes turns that will lead her to... This is again historical fiction of seemingly effortless authenticity, and again the concentration is on thinkers and the wisdom passed on by the written word rather than the more usual travails of the artists. There's a bit more up-front feminism this time too, although the low expectations of women at this time is a pretty much unavoidable theme. The Florentine locations are also evocative, as ever. Another involving treat, then. Some may find the book too full of talk and lacking in action, but fine conversation and the discussion of weighty matters always beats the physical stuff in my book.
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This is certainly my favorite of the Botticelli Trilogy. As the war with Sixtus IV comes to a head, the Medici household faces its own civil war, principally between Clarice and Angelo. These conflicts force the characters to face their own assumptions about gender, philosophy, education, and even religion. Tomasso is joined in narration by Maria, who brings a female perspective into a male-dominated time period and a sensitive commentary on the society that our male heroes - Tomasso, Poliziano and Lorenzo - take for granted. Proud also brings a refreshing treatment to Clarice Orsini, who is so often brushed over by historians, or worse, blamed for her husband's indiscretions.

As always, Proud demonstrates an incredible command of the historical material, and the reader becomes fully immersed into the world of late Quattrocento Florence. Tomasso and Maria provide us with windows into the world of these incredible people and give us an entirely believable peek behind the scenes. Though this is a work of fiction, the author truly understands the delicate balance between facts and intuition that is necessary to do good history.

Anyway, I have just finished reading it for the second time, and found that I noticed even more detail the second time through. I'm already looking forward to the third time, fourth time, and so on!
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