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The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
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Aug 28, 07

Recommended for: Historical Fiction/Italian art enthusiasts
Read in July, 2007

I adore historical fiction. This novel takes place in Florence during the fall of the Medici family, and follows the story of a young woman from a well-off merchantile family. She has a natural talent for parinting and longs to study technique, but alas at the time, painting was not an option for a woman. The story tells her plight against the backdrop of Florence's invasion by France and the changing city under a fiery priest who wants to burn all extravangances to purge the city of its sins.
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