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Signora Da Vinci
by Robin Maxwell


Overview - Following the ?absolutely superb?(Diane Haeger, author of The Secret Bride ) Mademoiselle Boleyn , novelist Robin Maxwell delves into the life of Caterina?the adventurer, alchemist, and mother of Leonardo da Vinci.

Caterina was fifteen years old in 1452 when she bore an illegitimate child in the tiny village of Vinci.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Following the ?absolutely superb?(Diane Haeger, author of The Secret Bride) Mademoiselle Boleyn, novelist Robin Maxwell delves into the life of Caterina?the adventurer, alchemist, and mother of Leonardo da Vinci.

Caterina was fifteen years old in 1452 when she bore an illegitimate child in the tiny village of Vinci. His name was Leonardo, and he was destined to change the world forever.

Caterina suffered much cruelty as an unmarried mother and had no recourse when her boy was taken away from her. But no one knew the secrets of her own childhood, nor could ever have imagined the dangerous and heretical scheme she would devise to protect and watch over her remarkable son. This is her story.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451225801
  • ISBN-10: 0451225805
  • Publisher: Berkley Books
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 448
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.48 x 0.98 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 38.
  • Review Date: 2008-11-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Maxwell (Mademoiselle Boleyn) re-creates Renaissance Italy in splendid detail, but fails to deliver a convincing narrative in her tale of da Vinci's mother, Caterina, an apothecary's daughter who is schooled from an early age in the art of alchemy. At 14, Caterina falls in love with Piero da Vinci, an older man above her station. After he promises to marry her, they make love, and the seed of the great artist is planted. But their plans doesn't work out: Piero's family forbids him from marrying Caterina and later takes baby Leonardo from his unwed mother. Leonardo is not treated well by the da Vinci family, but in his occasional visits to the apothecary shop, precocious Leonardo thrives. Soon his skillful drawings compel Caterina to seek an artist's apprenticeship for Leonardo in Florence, where he matures into a highly accomplished artist. Caterina misses him so terribly that she plans a hard-to-imagine reunion that changes her life in unbelievable ways. While the setting and known events of the artist's life are meticulously rendered, the plot relies too much on suspension of disbelief. (Jan.)

 
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