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The Principessa by Christie Dickason
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Feb 06, 11

bookshelves: historical, historical-romance

This absorbing historical novel has the firemaster of James I of England as its hero, and is a follow-on from the novel The Firemaster's Mistress, which I read and enjoyed a few years ago. In this story, the firemaster – who is called Francis Quoynt – is sent as a spy to a small Italian state where he has to find a secret document that compromises the safety of King James's secretary of state, Robert Cecil. The task is complicated, however, by the madness of the prince of La Spada and the beauty and cunning of his daughter, Sofia, the Principessa of the title. A wonderful mix of history, suspense, adventure and romance, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend both of them.
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