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Plot Summary: Da Vinci Detects Murder and Sex: A Mystery of Homosexual Persecution in Renaissance Italy Featuring Its Greatest Artists

back image 1.6Thousands of historical murder mystery fans have enjoyed A Borgia Daughter Dies (4 of 5 stars with 150+ reviews on Amazon!), which tells the true history of the Borgia family and of Leonardo da Vinci’s early life, with Leonardo as principal detective.
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Now Leonardo is back, forced by his real-life patron Niccolo Machiavelli to pursue killer(s) and re-live his arrest during the witch hunt for homosexuals conducted by Florence’s diabolical Office of the Night. My lawyer friends may be as shocked as I was by the Night Office, which methodically violated every principle enshrined in the American Constitution and Bill of Rights to protect the integrity of criminal processes. I had great fun finding an entertaining way to tell this sinister and little-known history, and illustrating it with wonderful Renaissance art.

Leonardo, preoccupied with what he was doing in real life, is assisted by my fictional protagonists, Machiavelli’s brilliant bastard daughter Nicola and her equally winsome mother Caterina. Readers will meet all the greatest artists of the era, and arguably of history. Borgia fans will learn about the Borgias’ greatest enemy, who became Pope Julius II, and find out what he did to Cesare and Lucrezia after the death of their father, the Borgia pope.

Here is a link to my first book, A Borgia Daughter Dies, where you can read (150+ average 4 out of 5 stars) reviews, the plot summary, and of course buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/Borgia-Daughter-Dies-history-Machiavelli-ebook/dp/B007WONQV2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415900678&sr=1-1&keywords=a+borgia+daughter+dies

And here is a link to the new book, with a more detailed plot summary, Da Vinci Detects:http://www.amazon.com/Vinci-Detects-Persecution-Renaissance-Machiavelli-ebook/dp/B00PFAP1VS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415901092&sr=1t For now, it’s only $1.99. The paperback will follow soon.

Those of you who have my personal e-mail, send me a message if you are interested and I’ll give you a gift copy. This actually costs me $1.99, so I ask for a favor in return: do read it, and if you like it, please post a favorable review on Amazon. If you don’t, I will hope you will send me any observations that might be helpful. A wonderful thing about publishing with Amazon is that it is very easy to fix mistakes!

The Borgias Season 3 – All Fiction So Far

Cover-A Borgia Daughter DiesSince the Showtime Borgia series began I have been pointing out what is fact and what is fiction. (I know the difference because I worked hard to keep the history accurate in my .99  historical mystery, A Borgia Daughter Dies.)  The series has  strayed further and further from the historical record, and become stranger and stranger in the process.

Season 3  so far is completely fictional, though Continue reading

Just Who Is the Father?

Borgia incest: blame Lucrezia?

Just Who Is the Father?History reverberates with rumors that the Borgias–father, son Cesare and daughter Lucrezia–committed incest.  Showtime could have taken the high road and avoided the rumors all together, since they are unlikely to be true. (See http://maryannphilip.com/cesare-borgia-pope-alexander-vi-lucrezia-borgia-involved-incest/).

But judging from the preview to the third season, it appears Showtime is  taking the lowest of low roads: pretend there was incest, and blame it on Lucrezia. This is blaming the victim in the story. Continue reading

The Borgias and New Technology: Cannons, Muskets, the Printing Press and Incest Rumors

Arquebus from the Borgias' time

Arquebus from around the time of the Borgias

The Borgia miniseries has highlighted some of the technological advances of the Renaissance, to its credit. The writers haven’t always gotten the details right, but they are good at showing the essence. Continue reading

Lucrezia, Vanozza & Giulia reforming cardinals?

The  Showtime Borgia series shows the pope’s current mistress, Giulia Farnese, teaming up with his daughter Lucrezia and  his former mistress Vanozza to reform corruption among the cardinals of the Church. Did this happen?

Not a chance. It isn’t even an accurate portrayal of these women, from what little we know of them.

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