The Master of Verona by David Blixt

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In 1314, seventeen year old Pietro Alighieri  travels to Verona with his father, the infamous poet Dante, at the invitation of its leader, the legendary Francesco “Cangrande” della Scala.  A sneak attack from Padua leads Pietro into his first battle, fighting alongside the charismatic Cangrande, and into a tight friendship with Mariotto Montecchio and Antonio Capulletto.  Behind the scenes, repeated attempts are made against the life of a child believed to be Cangrande’s illegitimate son and possible heir.

      Pietro is drawn into the web of intrigue around the child and the tension building between Mariotto and Antonio over a woman betrothed to one and in love with the other – a situation that will sever a friendship, divide a city, and ultimately lead to the events of the best known tragic romance in the world.

     Inspired by the plays of Shakespeare, the poetry of Dante, and the events of history, The Master of Verona is a compelling novel of politics, loyalty, conspiracy and star-crossed romance.


About David Blixt

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David Blixt is a Shakespearean actor and director.  He lives in Chicago.
Published April 23, 2012 by Sordelet Ink. 562 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Shakespeare anglicized both families’ names for Romeo and Juliet.) After Mariotto and Gianozza elope, a duel between unexpected principals erupts and Pietro must depart Verona, leaving his newly arrived sister Antonia in charge of their father as he pens Purgatorio.

Mar 15 2007 | Read Full Review of The Master of Verona


But that’s not all-Cangrande of Verona- who is larger than life (and if you know Verona, you know how Grand of a mark he made;

Dec 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Master of Verona

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