From the book jacket:
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when
her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back
from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's
Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious
mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the
But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted
when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much
older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to
the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk
Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control.
Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state,...
Beyond the Book
is a novelist, broadcaster and critic. After leaving
university she worked as an actress before starting work as a
producer for BBC Radio in 1974. She also presented Radio
4's 'Woman's Hour' and BBC Television's 'The Late Show'.
She lives in London.
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