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The Birth Of Venus by Sarah Dunant
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May 16, 07

bookshelves: historicalfiction
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in November, 2004

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant tells the story of a young woman in Florence in the late 1400s. She is well-educated and an artist which is unusual for women in that time. Her desire is to be alone to study and draw but societal conventions and her family’s position determine that her fate be either marriage or the convent. When Florence is threatened by the French army, she is forced
to make a quick decision on her future.

With the invasion looming, the city’s clergy is preaching that the sinfulness and profligacy of the people have brought them to this terrible moment in their history.

The citizens are in fear of the conflict and their possible damnation in the afterlife. The sermons are full of ranting against the bad influence of art, secular learning and pleasure. This topic is timely so it added extra zing to this intriguing novel that I have recommended to many people.

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