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, with its love of luxury, ...
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