Stattue of Leonardo da Vinci outside the Uffizi Gallery, Florence
To include a fun biography of Leonardo da Vinci, my principal detective, I extensively researched his sexuality for my 99 cent e-book, A Borgia Daughter Dies.
Bottom line: he was either bisexual or heterosexual. For a quick, fun read about the period and da Vinci’s life, you can get A Borgia Daughter Dies here: Purchase at Amazon (.99) . The controversy over his sexuality is so fascinating that it forms the historical backdrop for my next book, tentatively titled Da Vinci Detects, available through Amazon and maryannphilip.com sometime this summer.
A quick summary of the controversy: the historians who say da Vinci was gay universally accuse him of pedophilia of the worst sort: the only male pointed to as his sexual partner was eleven years old when he became da Vinci’s apprentice. (Da Vinci was 38.) Continue reading