The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White
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The year is 1480, and celebrated Florentine lawyer Guid’Antonio Vespucci and his nephew, Amerigo, return home to Italy from a government mission to find their dreams of peace shattered. Marauding Turks have abducted a beautiful young girl and sold her into slavery. Equally disturbing, a revered painting of the Virgin Mary is weeping in Guid’Antonio’s family church. Angry and fearful Florentines interpret these stunning events as signs of God’s wrath for their support of the city’s leader, Lorenzo de’ Medici, and Lorenzo’s refusal to end his war
with the Pope.
Faced with losing control of the city, Lorenzo enlists Guid’Antonio, his friend and staunch political ally, to investigate the tears. In an evocative tale that brings the Italian Renaissance gloriously to life, following a seemingly unrelated trail of clues—a name whispered in the marketplace by a hooded monk, a secret message painted by Sandro Botticelli on the wall of the Vespucci family church—Guid’Antonio and Amerigo chase across Florence to the workshops of Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli, to churches where frescoes seem to fly off the
walls, from Florence to the village where the girl disappeared, and, finally, to the hilltop town of Vinci itself.
In The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, a finely wrought story that will appeal to lovers of medieval and renaissance mysteries everywhere, Guid’Antonio uncovers the thoughtprovoking
truth about the missing girl and the Virgin Mary’s mystifying—and miraculous?—tears, all pursued as he comes face to face with his own personal demons.
 

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Published January 9, 2013 by Five Star Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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After spending two years in France on a diplomatic mission at the behest of his friend and the city’s leader, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Guid’Antonio Vespucci and his nephew Amerigo return in 1480 to find Italy split into many warring factions and Florence under an interdict of the pope, who wants to se...

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Fans of historical mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this chance to visit the Italy of 1480 in the company of real-life historical figure Guid’Antonio Vespucci, a Florence lawyer.

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If you love Italian history mixed with mystery, then The Sign of The Weeping Virgin is perfect!

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Historical Novel Society

If you love Italian history mixed with mystery, then The Sign of the Weeping Virgin is perfect!

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